FOXBORO -- For months we've been a little unclear on what exactly the Patriots will do to fill out their assistant coaching gigs.
They lost de-facto defensive coordinator Brian Flores to Miami. Receivers coach Chad O'Shea, as well as corners coach Josh Boyer and assistant quarterbacks coach Jerry Schuplinski joined Flores and the Dolphins. Defensive line coach Brendan Daly took a job with the Chiefs.
Until Friday, there wasn't much certainty as to how the Patriots would replace those roles. But now we have a better idea of who will be where this season after the team made many of its assistants available to reporters.
There's still no definitive defensive coordinator, which could very well lead to Bill Belichick adding to his responsibilities as head coach. But the linebacker coach role -- which was Flores' official title in 2018 -- will be shared by two coaches: Jerod Mayo will handle inside linebackers; former coaching assistant DeMarcus Covington will handle outside linebackers. Bret Bielema, former Wisconsin and Arkansas head coach, will replace Daly and coach the defensive line.
In the secondary, Mike Pellegrino will take on an increased role with defensive backs. Steve Belichick remains the team's safeties coach, which means Pellegrino in all likelihood will be spending more time with Patriots corners.
Offensively, most of last year's group has returned. Josh McDaniels is still coordinating the offense and coaching the quarterbacks. Dante Scarnecchia is still coaching the offensive line, Nick Caley is still the tight ends coach, and Ivan Fears is still running the running backs room.
Replacing O'Shea, though, will be special teams coordinator Joe Judge. Assisting Judge with special teams duties will be Cam Achord, who is in his second year with the Patriots as special-teams assistant.
That's a lot of moving parts, but at least now we can associate certain names as the coaches who will be focusing on certain position groups.
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