Patriots likely will need new defensive play-caller for second year in a row

Ryan Hannable
January 11, 2019 - 5:44 pm

For the second straight year, it looks like the Patriots will need to find a new defensive play-caller.

According to multiple reports, the Dolphins are prepared to hire Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores as their next head coach.

The organization cannot officially hire him or negotiate terms on a deal because of NFL rules with the Patriots still in the playoffs. It's also worth pointing out nothing is official until a deal is signed following what happened with Josh McDaniels last year, but all indications are Flores will be replacing Adam Gase in South Florida.

Following Matt Patricia leaving after last season, the Patriots seem to be in a position to find a new play-caller once again on defense. This time, there isn't an obvious choice.

Cornerbacks coach Josh Boyer and defensive line coach Brendan Daly have been on staff the longest, but don't seem like obvious choices. Bill Belichick could potentially call the plays, but does he want that responsibility when he's 67 years old next season?

It seems like Belichick and Co. will need to look outside the organization and Greg Schiano comes to mind. He recently left Ohio State to pursue NFL opportunities and he is close with Belichick, even working as a front office assistant before he went to Ohio State.

With the Patriots chasing another Super Bowl this will be a story for after the season, but it lays the foundation for another eventful offseason in New England.

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