The 2010 Patriots coaching staff is beginning to take shape with an addition and a subtraction announced today. Unfortunately, one of those announcements was not about the still-vacant defensive coordinator’s position. The Patriots did add former Notre Dame defensive backs coach Corwin Brown to the coaching staff. While not defining his role publicly yet, it is expected that he will work with the defensive backs, possibly either as defensive backs coach or in a more specific role, like corner or safety coach. Besides working under Charlie Weiss at Notre Dame, Brown has other Patriots connections.
Brown was drafted by the Patriots in 1993 in the fourth round. He played 4 seasons with the Patriots before moving with Bill Parcells to the Jets for 2 years before finishing his 12-year career with the Detroit Lions. While playing under Bill Belichick in New England in 1996 and then in New York, Brown began getting coaching tutoring by the Hooded One through extra film study. His coaching career started in 2001 as a special teams coach at the University of Virginia and then coached defensive backs for the Jets from 2004 – 2006. During that time, he coached Ty Law in Law’s 2005 Pro Bowl season and safety Kerry Rhodes when he was a rookie. Rhodes was selected as a member of the All-Rookie team that year as well.
Could Pepper Johnson be the next former player/current coach to be hired to a position? We shall see…
The Patriots also lost a coaching staff member today. Tight ends coach Shane Waldron left the team for undisclosed reasons, though it is thought that he may be taking a position elsewhere. There has been no announcement yet as to who will replace Waldron, though while we’re talking “former-player-turned-coach” guys, the first thought that comes to mind as a replacement is former Patriots tight end Ben Coates. Coates is a member of the Patriots Hall of Fame and has coaching experience in the Belichick system. He interned under Bill Parcells in Dallas and last served as a tight ends coach for the Cleveland Browns under Romeo Crennel. It would be a great story to see Coates return to the Patriots.