The New England Patriots lost some of their coaches. First it was Flores, and they are now parting ways with defensive line coach Brendan Daly.
The defensive line coach will leave the Patriots to join the Kansas City Chiefs. Daly will have the similar role in Kansas City. He made this decision for one simple reason: his wife if from the Kansas City area.
Daly joined the Patriots in 2014. He became their defensive line coach in 2015. He supported the team in the last Super Bowl championship including the last match against the Los Angeles Rams. Before joining the Patriots, he was part of the Minnesota Vikings. He entered the league in 2006 and also spend some time with the St. Louis Rams.
De facto defensive coordinator Brian Flores did the same thing. He will lead the Miami Dolphins. Former wide receiver coach Chad O’Shea will be the offensive coordinator. Cornerbacks coach Josh Boyer will be the Dolphins’ defensive pass game coordinator/cornerbacks coach. Assistant quarterback’s coach Jerry Schuplinski left New England, too.
“My relationship with Bill will be a little bit different in that
we’ll be competing with each other,” Flores said. “I’ll always have a great
respect for him and I think it’ll be the same on his part. He’s been a mentor
to me, he’s been great to me for 15 years, he’s been a sounding board for me,
and I don’t see that changing. The only thing that changes is when we play each
other, for those three or four hours we won’t like each other but that’s OK.
We’re both going out to win every week. He knows that. He taught me that.”
Who is the
next to leave the Patriots? Every change is a good thing, and the organization
sure has a backup plan.