In-house candidates who could replace Patriots coaches who left for Dolphins

Ryan Hannable
February 09, 2019 - 10:40 am

It isn't just Brian Flores departing for Miami, as he took three other coaches with him: wide receivers coach Chad O'Shea, cornerbacks coach Josh Boyer and assistant quarterbacks coach Jerry Schuplinski.

When it comes to Bill Belichick putting together his staff, typically he promotes from within, so there's a good chance the coaches replacing these three are already on staff. It is worth noting it's been widely reported former Ohio State defensive coordinator, and close friend of Belichick, Greg Schiano, will be replacing Flores as defensive playcaller.

Here are some names to keep an eye on: Mike Pellegrino, DeMarcus Covington, Brian Belichick and Atif Austin (Cole Popovich is also a coaching assistant, but he seems to be in line to replace Dante Scarnecchia whenever he decides to retire).

Pellegrino worked extensively with the cornerbacks this season so it wouldn't be a surprise to see him replace Boyer, and then Covington was essentially the linebackers coach this season with Flores calling the plays, so that could be a natural promotion.

Wide receivers and assistant quarterbacks coach aren't as natural of spots to be filled, so it remains to be seen what the team will do there.

Usually coaching staffs become finalized around, or just after the combine.

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