This Monday night when the Patriots host the Chiefs, Patriots coach Bill Belichick will once again be facing former assistant coaches with the Patriots. Former Patriots defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel is currently the Chiefs defensive coordinator. Also, Scott Pioli, the current Chiefs general manager was the Patriots vice president of player personnel from 2001-2008. Belichick was the one who got Pioli into the NFL and still maintain a great relationship.
Belichick hasn’t exactly done well in games against former assistants, especially of late losing the last two games to Josh McDaniels in 2009 and Eric Mangini in 2010. Here is a look at how Belichick has faired against his former assistants in his time with the Patriots.
Mangini became head coach of the Jets in 2006 and was there for three seasons. Following his time with the Jets he came the head coach of the Browns in 2009.
2006- Patriots 24 Jets 17, Jets 17 Patriots 14 (1-1)
2007- Patriots 38 Jets 14, Patriots 20 Jets 10 (2-0)
2008- Patriots 19 Jets 10, Jets 34 Patriots 31 (1-1)
2010 Browns 34 Patriots 13 (0-1)
Belichick’s total record against Mangini (4-3)
After starting with the Patriots in 2001, McDaniels worked his way up the coaching tree and eventually was the offensive coordinator from 2006-2008 before becoming head coach of the Broncos in 2009.
2009 Broncos 20 Patriots 17 (0-1)
Belichick’s total record against McDaniels (0-1)
Monday night’s game will be Belichick’s first against close friend Pioli, and Pioli’s first game in Foxboro since departing for Kansas City. It will also be Belichick’s first game coaching against Crennel, since he left after the 2005 season. Currently Belichick has a 4-4 record against his former assistants in his time in New England, and that is something he would like to change beginning Monday night.