Pete Mangurian, who served as Patriots tight end coach the last four years, will not return to the team in 2009, a league source said today.
Mangurian has been in discussions with the Buccaneers about being part of new coach Raheem Morris’ staff in Tampa Bay. When Mangurian was head coach at Cornell (1998-2000), Morris spent time on his staff as an assistant.
Mangurian’s departure is the fourth among Patriots assistants this offseason, as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Josh McDaniels (Broncos head coach), special assistant/secondary coach Dom Capers (Packers defensive coordinator) and special teams coach Brad Seely (Browns assistant head coach/special teams coordinator) have moved on.
The Patriots have not announced replacements at this time, although the Globe’s Christopher L. Gasper reported this week that receivers coach Bill O’Brien will fill the quarterbacks coach position, which could include some overlap with offensive coordinator duties.
Mangurian, 53, was the lone assistant on the Patriots' staff from 2008 who had prior experience as an offensive coordinator. Mangurian was the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons in 2003.