Brendan Daly enters his third season as defensive line coach and fourth overall with New England after one season as defensive coaching assistant in 2014. Daly came to the Patriots in 2014 after coaching defensive line for the Minnesota Vikings for two seasons (2012-13), his second stint with the team.
In 2016, Daly’s defensive line was part of a defense that finished eighth in overall total defense and ranked No. 1 in points allowed (15.6 per game).
While with Minnesota, Daly coached a defensive line that ranked 16th in the NFL against the rush in 2013. The 2012 Vikings defense improved over the previous season and keyed the club’s run to a 10-6 mark and a playoff berth.
Prior to his return to Minnesota, Daly spent three seasons (2009-11) coaching the St. Louis Rams defensive line. During his tenure in St. Louis, Daly helped defensive end Chris Long to a career-best 13.0 sack performance in 2011, good for seventh in the NFL and fourth among defensive ends. The 2010 Rams notched 43 sacks as a team, seventh-most in the NFL that season.
Daly started his NFL coaching career on the Minnesota Vikings staff from 2006-08 as a defensive assistant/defensive line coach, where he helped the Vikings defensive line build on their reputation as a run-stuffing enterprise. During his tenure, the Vikings became the first team in NFL history to lead the league in rushing defense for three consecutive seasons (2006-08) and held opponents to fewer than 75 yards rushing per game in each of those seasons. The Vikings line featured DTs Pat Williams and Kevin Williams, who each made Pro Bowl appearances in all three seasons, and Jared Allen, who earned a spot in the Pro Bowl in his first season with the team after being acquired in a trade with Kansas City in 2008.
Daly worked in the college ranks as the defensive line coach at Villanova in 2005 and tight ends coach at Illinois State in 2004. From 2001-03, Daly was on the staff at Oklahoma State as a graduate assistant (2001-02) and an assistant strength & conditioning coach. He got his coaching start at Ridgewood High School in New Port Richie, Fla., in 1997, before moving on to his alma mater, Drake, in 1998, to coach tight ends. Daly then coached tight ends at Villanova in 1999 and was a graduate assistant at Maryland in 2000.
Daly was a tight end during his college career at Drake, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in history.
Daly and his wife, Keely, have a son, Liam, and daughters Ciara and Avelin.