New England’s coaching staff continues to be the biggest story surrounding the team early this offseason. After a mass exodus of position coaches, most to Brian Flores’ staff in Miami, the last couple days have brought reports of possible replacements among Bill Belichick’s assistants.
Today the Vindicator, a paper out of Ohio, reports that former Youngstown State offensive line coach Carmen Bricillo is joining the Patriots coaching staff.
The Boston Globe observes that the New England staff is indeed getting a “fairly extensive overhaul” this offseason. The Globe notes that the Patriots signed backup offensive lineman Brian Schwenke to a one-year contract extension. The Globe also looks at Cleveland’s decision to sign running back Kareem Hunt despite the young playmaker’s off-field issues. The Globe has a rundown of the Patriots impending free agents.
The Boston Herald thinks it has a “simple yet brilliant” overtime rule that the NFL should adopt.
ESPNBoston.com offers up predictions on who stays and who goes among the Patriots set to hit free agency this offseason.
WEEI.com wonders if all the turnover on the coaching staff could impact how New England approaches this offseason. WEEI.com notes that Tom Brady indicated on social media that he’s already looking forward to a seventh Super Bowl title. WEEI.com notes the reported Schwenke extension.
NBC Sports Boston offers up its first mock draft, though it’s in the form of an annoying slide show so you’ll have to click through for yourself to find out who the Patriots pick at No. 32. NBC Sports Boston writes that the Patriots “imminent reboot seems less ominous now” following the Super Bowl LIII victory. NBC Sports Boston also looks at the continued new look of the New England coaching staff.
NFL.com has its own mock draft, with New England landing Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson to round out the first round.
NESN.com says the Patriots “stashed” a possible slot receiver on the roster in 2018. NESN.com also offers up why Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray might be the perfect fit for New England.