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Not long after breaking down the film of his Patriots loss to the Broncos in the AFC Championship game, Bill Belichick headed to Mobile, Ala., to take in Senior Bowl practices and begin the process of catching up on the players available in the draft.
But back in Foxborough, a few members of Belichick’s coaching staff began packing up their belongings and heading out of Gillette Stadium for one final time.
In rapid succession this week came news that longtime assistants Pepper Johnson and Dante Scarnecchia as well as tight ends coach George Godsey were leaving. Scarnecchia, 65, retired after 30 years with the team and well over 40 as a coach. Johnson is departing to seek new opportunities.