Matt Patricia, who has served as linebackers coach, and was safeties coach in 2011, and has been the primary defensive play caller for several seasons, was officially named defensive coordinator. This is his ninth season in the NFL, all with the Patriots.
Longtime assistant coach Pepper Johnson returns to coaching linebackers, after coaching the defensive line since 2004. Johnson coached inside linebackers for New England from 2001 to 2003.
After coaching linebackers last year, Patrick Graham will now coach the defensive line.
Brian Flores was promoted to safeties coach, and Josh Boyer will now coach cornerbacks. Flores spent last year as a defensive assistant, while Boyer has worked with the defensive backs since 2009.
George Godsey, who was an offensive assistant last year, is now tight ends coach. He fills the opening made by Brian Ferentz's departure.
New England also hired Joe Judge as a special teams assistant; Judge was most recently on Nick Saban's staff at Alabama as football analyst; and Steve Belichick, son of head coach Bill Belichick, was hired as a coaching assistant.