The New England Patriots have the best defense in the league, but they are playing without a defensive coordinator. Who is making the play calls on Sundays? It looks like Steve Belichick is the primary play caller on the defense. He is safeties coach and son of head coach Bill Belichick.
According to several players, Steve Belichick has taken over the primary play calling role. This goes against previous reports that inside linebackers coach Jerod Mayo calls the defensive plays.
“We’ve started to gel with (Steve Belichick), knowing what he’s going to call and the way he thinks through the game,” Patriots safety Terrence Brooks said. “I remember before one of his first games calling it, he was a little nervous, and I had to shake him up a little bit and pep talk him up and tell him that he’s one of the best. He was just sitting there, and I was like, ‘C’mon, get it together. Let’s go! You’re one of the best. This is nothing’. And he popped up.
“Man, I love that dude. I really do. That’s my guy. He’s just a great coach. He understands his players, he goes out there and he wants you to do right. He’s pulling for you. You always come across some coaches who just wanna yell, but he makes you learn, he teaches you things and expects a lot out of his DBs.”
“(Flores) was my linebackers coach, so once he became the play-caller, it was easy to trust what he was saying. And I’ve been here with Steve the whole way. So it’s easy to trust him,” Elandon Roberts said before adding: on the “Coaching side of it, he gets the highest praise from me.”
New England had three defensive coordinators in the last two years. Matt Patricia is now a coach with the Detroit Lions. Brian Flores left the team to coach the Miami Dolphins. Greg Schiano resigned for personal reasons. Steve is in the eight year working for Bill, and he is the defensive coach who’s been with the program the longest.
Let’s just don’t forget that Bill deserves most of the credit for the excellent defensive game.