It’s one of the NFL’s worst-kept secrets: Steve Belichick, son of Bill Belichick, is the New England Patriots de facto defensive coordinator.
Technically, Steve Belichick is the Patriots’ outside linebacker coach.
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But on Sunday, after New England’s 20-17 victory over the Arizona Cardinals, Bill Belichick admitted his son was calling the shots on defense. By WEEI:
“Steve made some good calls that put us in good defense against a few, too,” Belichick said after the game when asked to contain Kyler Murray. “It was good too.”
Steve Belichick, you may remember is a Rutgers alumnus. According to the Patriots team website: “After playing lacrosse for four years at Rutgers, Belichick entered the football team as a long snapper to help prepare for a coaching career. (Belichick) is entering his first season with the New England Patriots as an outside linebacker coach after four seasons as a high school coach and four years as an assistant coach.
According to NESN, “The Patriots haven’t appointed a defensive coordinator since Matt Patricia left to become the head coach of the Detroit Lions after the 2017 season. Brian Flores called up the defensive games as linebacker coach in 2018 before leaving the Patriots to become the head coach of the Miami Dolphins.
The Patriots actually have two Belichicks training the New England defense. According to the Patriots, Brian Belichick is “in his first season as a safety coach after three seasons as an assistant coach.
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