Bill Belichick still hasn’t named a new defensive coordinator, nor has he given any indication as to who he’s considering (not that anyone should be surprised about that). The two presumed internal candidates have been detailed on this website and we currently have a poll running as to who you think Belichick should hire. My vote is with Pepper Johnson, and he is also currently leading in the poll at the time of this article with 53% of the vote. He also got a boost recently from a familiar face: former Pats defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel. In a conversation with Albert Breer from the Boston Globe, Romeo commented on what he thinks about Pepper Johnson:
“Pepper’s been in football for a long time, both as a player and as a coach. He’s worked with linebackers, he’s worked with defensive line, probably the only thing he hasn’t worked with is secondary. Pepper has a good knowledge of football, he knows how to play the game, he’s been involved with a 3-4 defense, a 4-3 defense. I think Pepper is probably ready to take over a defense and be in control, and I anticipate he’ll have that opportunity soon.”
I’m hoping an announcement is made soon. I would assume so so that the new DC could give his input on what players should be signed, re-signed, or drafted.