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News Blitz 2/12: Patriots set to add another Lombardi

A 2017 photo of Mick Lombardi with the New York Jets.
A 2017 photo of Mick Lombardi with the New York Jets.

So far this winter one of the biggest post-Super Bowl stories in New England has been the mass exodus of assistant coaches from Bill Belichick's staff. To date Brian Flores, Chad O'Shea, Jerry Schuplinski, Josh Boyer and Brendan Daly have all moved on to new jobs.

In terms of possible replacements for the coaching losses, initial reports have indicated that Greg Schiano will take over Flores' role as defensive play-caller/coordinator.

Now, passes along word from ESPN that New England will also add Mick Lombardi, son of longtime Belichick friend and former assistant Mike Lombardi, to the coaching staff moving forward. Lombardi previously had a low-level role in Foxborough and most recently worked in New York with the Jets quarterbacks.

The Boston Globe writes that the NFL is reportedly leaning against having the Patriots open up the 2019 season, an honor that's gone to the Super Bowl champion for nearly two decades. says that Julian Edelman's value is his most overlooked trait. passes along word that Bill Belichick has updated the name of his boat to "VIII Rings," based on the number of Super Bowls he has won in his career. With Oklahoma Heisman-winner Kyler Murray committing to football, says it gives the Patriots another possible option to replace Tom Brady. also passes along safety Patrick Chung showing the scar from surgery on his broken arm on social media. also has a story promoting Edelman's Hall of Fame worthiness – "Julian Edelman is going to the Hall of Fame." lists the Patriots among eight possible fits for Murray now that he's committed to playing in the NFL. lists the top 25 players set to hit free agency this offseason, with Trey Flowers as the top Patriots player coming in at No. 6 overall.