Patriots To Go Without Defensive Coordinator In 2018
After giving up 41 points in the Super Bowl, the New England Patriots have apparently made the decision to go without a defensive coordinator during the 2018 season.
According to Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson, two sources have informed him that the team is planning to go into next season without an official defensive coordinator.
The decision comes after Matt Patricia departed the job to take over as head coach of the Detroit Lions.
While there will not be a true defensive coordinator on staff, the team is expected to turn defensive play calling duties over to linebackers coach Brian Flores.
The move is one that mimics the team's decision making, following Dean Pees' 2010 departure from the defensive coordinator position. After Pees left the team, the Pats gave Patricia the play calling duties. They did not officially promote him until the 2012 season.
Flores, who seems to be following in his predecessor's footsteps, was in contention for the Arizona Cardinals' head coaching position, even interviewing for the position.
Initial reports had Flores as a legitimate contender for the job, though he ultimately was not selected.
The 37-year-old will be heading into his 11th season on New England's staff. The last three seasons, he has served as the linebackers coach.