Mike Pellegrino is the latest New England Patriots defensive staff member to be retained for 2024. The cornerbacks coach joins holdovers DeMarcus Covington and Brian Belichick from last season’s staff. ESPN’s Mike Reiss was the first to report.
Pelligrino is entering his tenth season as a member of the Patriots staff. Despite a decade of coaching experience, Pellegrino is only 30 years old. A graduate of Johns Hopkins, and former Major League Lacrosse player, he spent four years as a coaching assistant before transitioning to cornerbacks coach in 2019. He has remained in that role ever since.
The 2023 New England Patriots finished a disappointing 4-13, but Mike Pellegrino’s unit overcame several challenges on and off the field. Marcus Jones suffered a season-ending injury in the second game of the season. Two weeks later, rookie Christian Gonzalez tore his labrum, landing him on injured reserve for the remainder of the year.
Meanwhile, issues off the field led to J.C. Jackson getting benched and Jack Jones being waived by New England. Pellegrini was able to get enough out of Jonathan Jones, Myles Bryant, Shaun Wade, and company to keep opposing offenses from taking advantage of the absences.
Mike Pellegrini joins a quickly expanding coaching staff for the New England Patriots. Head coach Jerod Mayo will be working alongside coordinators Alex Van Pelt (offense), DeMarcus Covington (defense), and Jeremy Springer (special teams). Offense assistants include Ben McAdoo, T.C. McCartney, and Scott Peters. Defensively, Pellegrini will work with fellow assistants Jerry Montgomery and Brian Belichick. There are likely to be several more additions in the coming days.