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Patriots head coach Bill Belichick confirmed he will return for another season.
"Until I'm told otherwise, I plan on being here," said Belichick. Turning 61 in April, Belichick will return for his fourteenth season on the sidelines with the Patriots, and with Andy Reid now gone from Philadelphia, that makes him the longest-tenured head coach in the NFL. Mon, Jan 21, 2013 10:39:00 AM

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Former LBs coach Matt Patricia has been elevated to Patriots defensive coordinator.

It's the Patriots, so nothing really changes. The defensive game plan will still have Bill Belichick's fingerprints all over it. Patricia had spent five years as LBs coach before the promotion. Pepper Johnson is moving from DL coach to LBs coach in his place. The Patriots also hired Belichick's son, Steve, as a first-year coaching assistant after four years of lacrosse and one season of longsnapping at Rutgers.
Thu, May 10, 2012 05:49:00 PM

Head coach Bill Belichick will most likely remain the Patriots' defensive coordinator in 2011.

One of the league's foremost defensive minds, Belichick did an excellent job of bringing along New England's young defense in 2010. After the offense showed no ill-effects from his increased focus on defense, there's no reason for the Patriots to change things up this winter.
Sat, Feb 12, 2011 06:43:00 PM

Fox Sports' Jay Glazer presented a video on Fox NFL Sunday that showed the Patriots appearing to setup a Sal Alosi type wall in their first meeting with the Jets this season.

The Jets claimed at the time of Alosi fiasco that the Patriots were guilty of the same crime, but did not have the video evidence to prove it. Glazer has now done that for them, but it's obviously too late for the NFL to reduce the $100,000 fine it imposed on New York last month. It's unclear what action, if any, the league will take on the Patriots. It will surely be a hot topic going forward, and more fuel for the bitterness between the two teams heading into this afternoon's Divisional Round showdown.
Sun, Jan 16, 2011 12:45:00 PM

The Patriots will not fill their vacant defensive coordinator role for 2010.

Instead, coach Bill Belechick will be more involved with the defense and share the workload with his assistants. The Pats parted ways with Dean Pees, who served as defensive coordinator over the past four season, in January. LBs coach Matt Patricia was believed to be the favorite for the open coordinator position but will instead share duties with the rest of the defensive staff.
Sat, Feb 6, 2010 11:03:00 AM

Patriots linebackers coach Matt Patricia is believed to be the leading candidate to replace Dean Pees as defensive coordinator.

DL coach Pepper Johnson is another strong possibility. Patricia never played in the NFL and began working for the Pats as a coaching assistant in 2004. Johnson was a stud linebacker for Bill Parcells' Giants and has worked under Bill Belichick for the past decade, but it appears that Patricia is the favorite. Belichick likes to go with his own guys.
Sat, Jan 16, 2010 10:26:00 AM

Patriots defensive coordinator Dean Pees insists he stepped down as opposed to being fired Thursday.

In addition to his Week 17 hospitalization for shortness of breath, Pees also dealt with a bout of prostate cancer last summer. With his contract up at the end of the month, he wants to step back to explore his options. Candidates to replace Pees include LBs coach Matt Patricia, DL coach Pepper Johnson, and former Virginia coach Al Groh.
Thu, Jan 14, 2010 06:03:00 PM

The Patriots have parted ways with defensive coordinator Dean Pees.

The 60-year-old was hospitalized during the Week 17 game at Houston after coming down with shortness of breath. Pees has been Bill Belichick's defensive aide-de-camp since 2006, but his unit has slipped in each of the past two seasons.'s Mike Reiss believes the decision may have been mutual, with Pees' contract up at the end of the month.
Thu, Jan 14, 2010 04:35:00 PM

CBS 39 in Boston reports that the 17-year-old son of Patriots coach Bill Belichick was arrested at Gillette Stadium for underage drinking earlier this week.

Along with 51 others, Brian Belichick was booked during the NCAA Lacrosse Championships, which were won by Syracuse. Brian played lacrosse at The Rivers School in Weston last season. He was a spectator at Gillette.
Wed, May 27, 2009 03:35:00 PM

The Patriots are trying to move into the Top-10 of the draft, according to SI's Peter King.

The Pats are believed to have offered their first-round pick and the middle of their three second-round picks for the Jags No. 8 overall pick, but Jacksonville turned it down. King does not believe the Pats are after Tyson Jackson despite his obvious fit as a 3-4 defensive end. The Pats' target is said to be a "surprise."
Fri, Apr 24, 2009 12:29:00 PM

According to league sources, the Patriots have plans to bring in three highly touted safety prospects: Patrick Chung (Oregon), William Moore (Missouri), and Louis Delmas (Western Michigan).

All three project as first- or second-round picks. The Patriots have six picks in the first three rounds and could easily use one on a safety with Rodney Harrison being an unrestricted free agent.
Sat, Mar 28, 2009 10:22:00 AM

Patriots special teams coach Brad Seely and special assistant/secondary coach Dom Capers aren't expected to return to the team in 2009.

Everyone's jumping ship! Capers may move on to interview elsewhere for a coordinator job. Seely, a holdover from Pete Carroll's staff, has coached a strong New England special teams for ten years. The Seahawks previously had interest in Seely.
Tue, Jan 13, 2009 09:16:00 AM

The Browns reportedly want an answer from Patriots VP of Personnel Scott Pioli on whether he will be the team's next GM by Wednesday.

Owner Randy Lerner is meeting Pioli today and will likely make him a lucrative contract offer. If Pioli turns him down, Lerner is expected to focus on Falcons president Rich McKay. Landing Pioli is clearly Lerner's first priority, ahead of getting any of his coaching candidates to commit.
Wed, Dec 31, 2008 12:52:00 PM

Commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed that the league has no intentions of opening a private investigation into the Spygate affair.

And that's that. Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter was pushing for the investigation, but the NFL won't pursue it without any new developments.
Tue, May 20, 2008 06:23:00 PM

Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) has called for an independent investigation into the Spygate matter.

"It's my judgment that there ought to be an impartial investigation, an outside investigation, like the investigation that baseball had with former Sen. George Mitchell," he said. Specter didn't rule out Congressional involvement. He says Matt Walsh told him Patriots offensive players would memorize opposing signals during games and relay them to Charlie Weis. With that in mind, Weis would then instruct Tom Brady on the field. Walsh reportedly estimated it helped the Pats anticipate 75% of the defensive plays being called.
Wed, May 14, 2008 01:41:00 PM

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