Steve Belichick worried about his craft, not his last name

Andy Hart
September 03, 2019 - 3:15 pm

Long before Steve Belichick was the longest-tenured defensive assistant on the Patriots staff, he was around the team in a far less official role as Bill Belichick’s eldest son.

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Now in in his fourth season as New England’s safeties coach after four years spent as a coaching assistant, Steve Belichick is well entrenched in the back end of the defense.

Given all the turnover on the staff around him – including Jerod Mayo’s arrival as a first-year coach who may be in line to call plays on Sundays this fall – the younger Belichick could certainly see his role evolve in 2019.

Of course, given his last name, in some ways he’ll always be in more of a spotlight than other coaches. That just comes with the territory when you are the first son of arguably the greatest coach in NFL history and have spent the entirety of your young coaching career working for your father.

“I’m not too worried about all that stuff,” Belichick said in a Tuesday morning conference call. “I’m just trying to have fun and win some football games. I love football. I’ve been around it my whole life. I enjoy any responsibility I’m given. Each day is a new day, each year is a new year, so I’m just trying to work on my craft and be the best coach I can be, regardless of what my name is.”

Each week NFL rules require teams to make their offensive and defensive coordinators available to the media. Since New England hasn’t had a defensive coordinator in a titular sense over the last two years, the team has made a rotating cast of assistants available instead. While oftentimes a year ago that included now-Miami head coach Brian Flores in his role as defensive playcaller, it’s also been one of the duties added to Steve Belichick’s plate.

Not surprisingly given his last name, he isn’t looking to compare his responsibilities from one year to the next.

“Each year is different. It’s a different coaching staff, different team,” Steve Belichick added, sounding very much like his father. “That’s true every year, so I’m just taking it one day at a time, trying to enjoy it as best I can and try to get better.”

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