Patriots players still don't know which coaches are coaching which positions

Ryan Hannable
April 18, 2019 - 12:54 pm
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FOXBORO -- The theme of the Patriots offseason has been a great deal of turnover on the coaching staff with the vast majority of them not being replaced -- at least officially.

As of now, the only member of the defensive coaching staff returning is Steve Belichick. Greg Schiano was reportedly hired as the new defensive coordinator, but then left last month to focus on his family and faith. It's unclear at this point who the new coaches are, or even which positions they will coach.

Speaking Thursday at Gillette Stadium following a voluntary offseason workout, Stephon Gilmore said the players have not been told which coaches are coaching which positions.

"They haven't told us, so we're just kind of just working out right now," he said. "Little meetings, but nothing that we know yet."

He also said not having a defensive coordinator at this point isn't too out of the ordinary.

"No, it’s not strange," Gilmore said. "We’ve got a great coach. It’s the National Football League. People go and come, so got to be able to adjust. I’m pretty sure the coaches we have will put us in the best position to make plays."

Some have speculated Bill Belichick might take on more of a role on defense and be the de facto defensive coordinator.

"I mean, he’s always involved," Gilmore said. "I wouldn’t say that because he’s always in the meetings. Nothing new. It’ll be a great opportunity for all of us to get better. Like I said, those coaches will put us in the best position to make plays."

At this point, the coaching staff may not be officially known until the first OTA session.

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