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Belichick, Brown go way back ...

Posted by Albert Breer  January 29, 2010 09:32 AM

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Just on my layover at JFK, I heard the news that ex-Notre Dame assistant Corwin Brown -- one of the guys let go along with head coach Charlie Weis -- has been installed as secondary coach in New England.

The buzz in Mobile the last couple days was that, in fact, Weis had helped place Brown with an NFL team, but it was unclear which one. Not anymore.

I did an extensive piece on Brown back in 2007 for this publication, and got some pretty good stories along the way. Here's one pretty good one, that you might have seen alluded to here on Twitter ...

When Bill Belichick arrived to coach the Patriots defensive backs in 1996, Brown was in his fourth NFL season and already knew that, after he was done playing, he wanted to coach. He made this clear to Belichick, and the coach found ways to help tutor him, staying late to watch extra film and such to show Brown how to see the game from a coach's eyes. Brown followed Belichick, and Bill Parcells, to the Jets in 1997 and spent two seasons there, so those two are pretty tight.

Brown got his start in coaching with Al Groh -- his defensive coordinator in his four seasons as a Patriot -- at Virginia from 2001-03, and was one of the few held over from Herm Edwards' Jets staff by Eric Mangini. He's been at Notre Dame the last three years, where he was co-defensive coordinator and associate head coach.

This could lead to some shuffling on the staff. It'll be interesting to see what happens with current DBs coach Josh Boyer, who'd had some issues with the players. If Matt Patricia becomes defensive coordinator, and Pepper Johnson can be convinced to stay in that scenario, Johnson would be the likely candidate to move to linebackers. So what's become of Boyer? We'll see ...

All right, the flight attendant's hassling me to shut off my laptop. Check in with you guys from sunny Fort Lauderdale.
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