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Newly-named New England Patriots head coach Jerod Mayo, left, and Patriots owner Robert Kraft shake hands Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024, following an NFL football news conference, in Foxborough, Mass. Mayo succeeds Bill Belichick as the franchise's 15th head coach. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

The New England Patriots have a new head coach in Jerod Mayo. Now the team is in the market to find new coaches to fill out his staff. Although the job titles may have been different, last season’s Patriots team functioned with Bill O’Brien, Jerod Mayo, and Cam Achord handling the roles of offensive, defensive, and special teams coordinator respectively. O’Brien has since joined Ohio State’s staff, Mayo was promoted to head coach, and others are interviewing for Achord’s job.

Possible candidates for offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator have been discussed on this site. Here the candidates for open posts will be tracked, in terms of confirmed interviews and interview requests. This list will be continuously updated until the staff is complete.

Offensive Coordinator

Nick Caley (Rams TE Coach)

Caley was with the New England Patriots for eight seasons (2015-2022) so he has familiarity with the franchise, the personnel, and has worked alongside Mayo. He spent this past season on Sean McVay’s staff in Los Angeles. He is the only confirmed interview for the OC position thus far.

Tanner Engstrand (Lions Passing Game Coordinator)

Engstand is another candidate who may already have a job lined up elsewhere. Detroit offensive coordinator Brian Callahan could land a head coaching job (he is the favorite in Washington at the moment). If that is the case, it seems likely that Engstrand would either follow Callahan, or replace him with the Lions. But if Engstrand is available, he is certainly an interesting candidate. He’s been with the Lions for four years, with Jared Goff flourishing of late. Detroit has their wide receivers, tight ends, and running backs all involved in the passing game, making them a difficult team to defend.

Brian Fleury (49ers TE Coach)

Fleury has been with the San Francisco 49ers for the past five seasons. He has been the team’s tight ends coach for the past two. George Kittle became a first-team All-Pro selection under his watch in 2023. Along with Nick Caley, Fleury is one of two known tight end coaches to interview for the position. Fleury has also worked with the Bills, Browns, and Dolphins, primarily on the defensive side of the ball. His experience with both sides of the football could make him an attractive head coaching candidate down the road.

Luke Getsy (Former Bears OC)

Having experience as an offensive coordinator is something that only Shane Waldron (since eliminated) and Thomas Brown can boast of, among the known Patriots OC candidates. Getsy becomes the third. After being an assistant with the Green Bay Packers, Getsy was the offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears the past two seasons. Chicago fired Getsy following the 2023 season. The Bears did finish with the second most rushing yards in the NFL last season, thanks in part to 657 yards rushing from QB Justin Fields.

Klint Kubiak (49ers Passing Game Specialist)

Kubiak becomes the second member of the NFC Champions coaching staff to interview for the Patriots post. He joins tight ends coach Brian Fleury about those under consideration. The Sean McVay and Kyle Shanahan connections certainly count for something while searching for the next OC. This is the 36-year-old’s tenth season coaching in the NFL. He had previous stops with the Vikings and Broncos, before joining the 49ers staff this season. In Minnesota, he worked under Cleveland head coach Kevin Stefanski, who was OC in Minnesota at the time. His father Gary Kubiak in a former NFL player and coach. He was head coach for the Denver Broncos when they won Super Bowl 50.

Scott Turner (Raiders Pass Game Coordinator)

Turner joined the NFL coaching ranks as an assistant on Ron Rivera’s staff with the 2010 Carolina Panthers. He made stops in Cleveland and Minnesota, before re-joining Rivera in Carolina and later Washington. He spent this past season in Las Vegas on Josh McDaniels staff (pre-firing). Like Kubiak, he has been around the NFL his entire life. His father Norv Turner was a longtime NFL coach, who had head coaching jobs with the Commanders, Chargers, and Raiders. But he was best known for his time as offensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys two Super Bowl wins under head coach Jimmy Johnson. Norv Turner was the offensive coordinator when his son was on staff in Minnesota, the second stint in Carolina, and Washington.

ELIMINATED OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR CANDIDATES

Dan Pitcher (Bengals QB Coach)

Pitcher has been with the Cincinnati staff for the past eight seasons. He had prior NFL experience as a scout with the Indianapolis Colts. Pitcher has been the QB coach since 2020, Joe Burrow’s rookie season. With Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan set to take the head coaching job with the Tennessee Titans, Pitcher is likely to be a strong candidate to become the OC in both Cincinnati and Tennessee.

UPDATE: After Bengals OC Brian Callahan took the head coaching job with the Titans, Cincinnati is promoting Pitcher to offesnive coordinator, taking him out of the running in New England.

Shane Waldron (Former Seahawks OC)

Began his career as an intern/assistant in the Patriots front office from 2002-to-2004. Was a member of the coaching staff from 2008-to-2009 (Mayo’s first two seasons in the NFL). He joined the Los Angeles Rams in 2017. Worked with tight ends, quarterbacks, and was pass game coordinator. Left in 2021 to become offensive coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks. In Seattle, Waldron helped revive the career of quarterback Geno Smith. It was reported that Waldron interviewed with New England before taking the OC job with the Chicago Bears.

Zac Robinson (Rams Passing Game Coordinator)

The Patriots selected Zac Robinson in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He began his coaching career in 2019, and has been with the Los Angeles Rams the past five years. Like Caley, he is now part of the Sean McVay coaching tree. He has worked with quarterbacks and wide receivers, with his current title being pass game coordinator. Despite a relative lack of experience, Robinson could be a good fit to mentor a young offense in Foxboro.

UPDATE: Ian Rapaport of NFL Network reports that Robinson has accepted the job of offensive coordinator with the Atlanta Falcons. Robinson has worked with the new Atlanta head coach for the past several seasons with the Rams.

Jerrod Johnson (Texans QB Coach)

Johnson is the most intriguing option not previously discussed on this site. He worked on Kevin O’Connell’s staff in Minnesota before becoming Houston’s quarterbacks coach in 2023. Rookie QB C.J. Stroud had an outstanding season for Houston. Since the Patriots are likely to have a rookie quarterback of their own in 2024, it could be an excellent fit. Jerrod Johnson is a former player, like Jerod Mayo, though he never appeared in any NFL games. He is 35-years-old. Texans OC Bobby Slowik was being interviewed for several head coach openings. If Slowik were to land one, Johnson would likely follow him or be promoted in Houston. But if Johnson is available, he presents a very intriguing candidacy.

UPDATE: Johnson has reportedly informed the teams he has interviewed with for an offensive coordinator position that he intends to return to Houston.

Thomas Brown (Former Panthers OC)

Brown was OC in Carolina for 2023 after serving as an assistant on Sean McVay’s staff with the Los Angeles Rams (2020-2022). The 37-year-old had a quick ascent in the coaching ranks, going from a college assistant to an NFL coordinator in just four seasons. The Panthers fired head coach Ron Rivera following the season. Brown is being allowed to interview for other openings, despite technically being under contract in Carolina. It is likely new head coach Dave Canales will want to pick his own offensive coordinator.

UPDATE: It has been announced the Brown plans on taking a job on the Chicago Bears staff.

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR

Tem Lukabu (Panthers OLB Coach)

The 42-year old has NFL experience on the staffs in San Francisco, Cincinnati, and Carolina. He served as the Boston College defensive coordinator from 2020 to 2022. He was with the Panthers this past season, working with Brian Burns and Yetur Gross-Matos, among others.

Christian Parker (Broncos DB Coach)

Paker is only 32-years-old and is considered a fast riser among coaching young coaches. He was with the Green Bay Packers for two seasons, before joining Denver for the past three. Safety Justin Simmons and CB Patrick Surtain II have both thrived for the Broncos under his tutelage.

Michael Hodges (Saints LB Coach)

Hodges has been with New Orleans for his entire NFL coaching career (2017-to-Present). The 37-year-old-Allen has been linebackers coach since 2020. Like Parker, Hodges has spent time with Sean Payton as head coach. Demario Davis and Pete Werner both had big years at linebacker for the Saints.

DeMarcus Covington (Patriots DL Coach)

Covington is only 34-years old, but has been with the New England Patriots organization since 2017. After two years as a coaching assistant, he became the outside linebackers coach in 2019. Covington has coached the defensive line the past four seasons. Christian Barmore blossomed into a star under him. Covington was also among those present for Mayo’s introductory press conference.

 

ELIMINATED DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR CANDIDATES

Gerald Alexander (Steelers Assistant DB Coach)

Alexander had a five-year NFL career as a safety with the Lions, Jaguars, Panthers, Dolphins, and Jets. The 39-year-old has worked in the NFL for the Titans, Buccaneers, Dolphins, and Steelers. He was the cornerbacks coach on the Miami staff that featured former Patriots assistant Josh Boyer as defensive coordinator.

UPDATE: Alexander has taken a job to be safeties coach with the Raiders. Presumably, this means he knew he was not going to be named DC in New England.

SPECIAL TEAMS COORDINATOR

Jeremy Springer (Rams Assistant ST Coach)

On those same special teams rankings, the LA Rams finished last in the NFL in 2023. The 33-year-old Springer has only been in the NFL for two seasons. The bulk of his coaching experience has come at the college level. He coached at UTEP, Texas A&M, Arizona, and Marshall.

Thomas McGaughey (Giants ST Coach)

The veteran special teams coach was fired by the New York Giants on Jan. 8, 2024. He had preceded Giants head coach Brian Daboll in New York, so the Giants HC may have wanted to pick his own coach. He has NFL experience as a special teams coordinator with the Jets, 49ers, Panthers, and Giants, whom he had been with since 2018.

ELIMINATED SPECIAL TEAMS COORDINATOR CANDIDATES

Marquice Williams (Falcons ST Coach)

Williams was Atlanta’s special teams coach from 2021 to 2023. But with a new coaching staff on the way for the Falcons, he is now free to interview with other teams. Williams had previous stops with the Bears, Falcons, and Lions. Atlanta finished near the bottom of special teams rankings in 2023 (26) courtesy of the worst net punting average in the NFL.

UPDATE: Williams reportedly was offered the special teams coordinator job by the New England Patriots, but turned it down. The expectation is that he will stay with the Atlanta Falcons under new head coach Raheem Morris, whom he previously worked with.