The Patriots reportedly will not have a defensive coordinator next season

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Bill Belichick with Matt Patricia at a Patriots practice in 2017. –Barry Chin/Globe Staff

The Patriots have yet to replace former defensive coordinator Matt Patricia and reportedly do not have plans to do so.

According to NFL columnist Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports, New England is once again going to enter the upcoming season without a defensive coordinator. Linebackers coach Brian Flores reportedly will assume primary defensive play-calling responsibilities, but he will not receive an official change in title.

The Patriots adopted a similar approach when former defensive coordinator Dean Pees chose not to return in 2010. The team went without a coordinator for two seasons until Patricia was promoted from safeties coach in 2012. He remained as defensive coordinator for six seasons before accepting a head coaching position with the Detroit Lions following Super Bowl LII.


According to multiple reports after the Super Bowl, Flores was considered the top candidate to replace Patricia. The 37-year-old started his career in New England as a scouting assistant in 2004 and has ascended the ranks of the team’s coaching ladder over the course of 14 seasons. Some of his other past roles include special teams assistant (2008-2009) and safeties coach (2012-2015).