Patrick Graham, who is in his sixth season with the Patriots, was moved back to linebackers coach in 2014.
Patrick Graham, who is in his sixth season with the Patriots, was moved back to linebackers coach in 2014. Graham previously coached linebackers in 2011 and moved to defensive line coach for two years from 2012-13. In 2013, Graham coached a defensive line in which both starting defensive tackles were placed on injured reserve before midseason and the defense still finished 10th in the NFL in points allowed. Additionally, defensive ends Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich had standout seasons. Jones set a career high with 11 1/2 sacks and Ninkovich tied a career high with eight. In Graham's first three seasons as a defensive positional coach, the Patriots defense helped the club lead the NFL in turnover differential in 2012 and 2010 and finish first in the AFC in 2011. Graham was a defensive assistant coach for the 2010 season and was a coaching assistant 2009. Graham joined the Patriots after two seasons as a graduate assistant at Notre Dame (2007-08), where he worked with the defense. He previously spent three seasons coaching at Richmond; one as assistant defensive line coach (2004) and two as tight ends coach (2005-06). Prior to coaching at Richmond, Graham spent two seasons as a graduate assistant at Wagner College (2002-03).
Graham played on the defensive line at Yale, seeing playing time as a junior and senior.
He earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Yale in 2001 and had a concentration of studies in economics and African American studies. A decorated student-athlete and Yale Merit Scholar, Graham earned the Jackie Robinson scholarship, Yale University Scholarship, Yankee Gas Scholarship and the State Heisman Trophy. Graham is married to Pamela, and was born Jan. 24, 1979, in Des Plaines, Ill.