Coaching turnover narrative for Patriots appears to be overblown

Ryan Hannable
May 24, 2019 - 10:04 am
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FOXBORO -- The biggest story with the Patriots this offseason besides the retirement of Rob Gronkowski was the turnover on the coaching staff, especially on defense.

The only positional coach returning is safeties coach Steve Belichick, but with the exception of inside linebackers coach Jerod Mayo, all the new positional coaches were on the staff in some capacity last season. 

Speaking to Duron Harmon on the matter following Thursday's OTA session, the veteran safety said the narrative has been made into something more than it really is.

“I think so because at the end of the day Bill [Belichick] is going to do whatever he can to put together a good staff and get people who work hard — not just players, but coaches," he said. "At the end of the day, you just have to trust it, whatever that is. We don’t let anything become bigger than the team. It’s always the team first and he always ensures each and every year it’s no bigger. You trust him and you do everything you can to bring the proper attitude and effort to the team each and every day.”

Harmon also brought up how players like to see coaches working their way up the ladder just like they do.

“For sure, because it is the same thing as a player," he said. "You try and work as hard as you can to keep elevating through the ranks. Maybe you are a special teams player, a rotational player, a starter, and then a leader. It’s the same thing for the coaches. They work had at their craft as well too and find ways to connect to players and get the most out of them, and also find ways to move up through the ranks as a coach. Quality control, assistant, position coach, defensive coordinator and eventually for some guys they want to be head coaches as well.”

The new coaches on defense include Bret Bielema (defensive line), Mayo (inside linebackers), DeMarcus Covington (outside linebackers) and Mike Pellegrino (defensive backs). As of now, there's no defensive coordinator.

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