A few nuggets on the Patriots' scouting and coaching staff that were previously unaccounted for:
Brian Ferentz, who joined the team as a scouting assistant in 2008, will serve as a coaching assistant in 2009. This is a common transition for young scouts/coaches in the Patriots' system, as Bill Belichick works to create linkage between the elements of scouting and coaching. Coaching assistants are sometimes promoted to position coaches in future years.
Bob Quinn, who served as a national scout in 2008, is now the assistant director of pro personnel.
Patrick Stewart, who served as a scouting assistant in 2008, is now an area scout.
James Liipfert has joined the Patriots as a scouting assistant.