Yeah, I think it’s a fair assumption that having an old school (literally) college coach running what is supposed to be the most cutting edge D scheme in the league is a not a good match and hopefully a one-year temporary fix.
That said, can we pluck someone from the Pats if old Bill will let us? Looks like his son Steve is now 2nd in command there, apparently superceding Jerod Mayo the LBs coach. At present, the Pats have no actual DC, though it looks like Steve B. is the heir apparent there on the D side.
So can we pluck Mayo and would that bring this D up to snuff? I think it would be a positive move.
News from NE:
The Boston Herald reports that several players confirmed Steve Belichick has taken over the primary play calling role. That contradicts some previous reports that inside linebackers coach Jerod Mayo was calling the defensive plays.
The Patriots have gone through three defensive coordinators in the last two years: Matt Patricia left to coach the Lions, then Brian Flores left to coach the Dolphins, then Greg Schiano resigned for personal reasons. Steve Belichick, who’s in his eighth year working for his dad, is the defensive coach who’s been with the program the longest.
Obviously, Steve Belichick wouldn’t be where he is without his dad giving him the job. And even if Steve is the primary play caller, his father undoubtedly deserves most of the credit for the well-coached Patriots defense. But players in New England have raved about their experience working with Steve Belichick. And even though the Patriots are always tight-lipped about the role that any individual coach plays in preparing the team, Steve Belichick is starting to get more credit for his own coaching work.