After 14-year defensive coach Pepper Johnson left New England this offseason for new opportunities, which ended up being a defensive line coaching position with the Buffalo Bills, the Patriots had a hole at linebackers coach.
That hole has been filled by Patrick Graham, according to the team’s newly released media guide. Graham, who served as the team’s defensive line coach last season, is entering his sixth season with the Patriots. He previously coached linebackers before taking over the defensive line in 2012.
But with Graham’s move to linebackers, the team has no listed defensive line coach. Brendan Daly, listed as the team’s defensive assistant, was previously the Minnesota Vikings and St. Louis Rams defensive line coach, so he may fill the same role in his first year in New England without the title.
The Patriots also filled their vacant tight ends coaching gig by promoting offensive assistant Brian Daboll. Daboll has been an offensive coordinator with the Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, and Cleveland Browns. This is Daboll’s second stint with the Patriots after serving as wide receivers coach from 2002 to 2006 and as a defensive assistant from 2001 to 2002.