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Ivy League Assistant McCarthy Tabbed for Patriots Coaching Job



This is a 2015 photo of Michael McCarthy of the Cleveland Browns NFL football team. This image reflects the Cleveland Browns active roster as of Friday, March 6, 2015 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)

Michael McCarthy gets to continue living and working in New England. But the football coach will be moving from the Ivy League to the National Football League. Reports indicate that McCarthy will be leaving his role at Brown University to join the New England Patriots staff as an offensive assistant.

John Brice of  Football Scoop was first with the news.

McCarthy has been coaching at the college and pro ranks since 2007. That season he was a video and recruiting assistant for Rutgers University. Scarlet Knights players that year included future New England Patriots Devin McCourty, Jason McCourty, and Tiquan Underwood.

Michael McCarthy also made college stops at The College of New Jersey, Western Michigan, Tulane, and North Carolina Central. He returned to Rutgers for one season (2018) before joining the staff at Brown in 2019, where he has been coaching ever since. His NFL experience includes working with the New York Jets (2008), Cleveland Browns (2015), and Detroit Lions (2016-2017).

There are several connections to the Patriots organization. McCarthy worked with Evan Rothstein, an assistant with New England the past three seasons, during his time in Detroit. Underwood, recently named assistant wide receivers coach, played for Rutgers during McCarthy’s first stint there.

Former Brown Bears QB E.J. Perry, who played for McCarthy in college, had a tryout with the Patriots last season. He is now playing in the UFL. McCarthy also could have some insight into a potential draft target for New England. Yale offensive tackle Kiran Amegadjie plays a position of need for New England. He could be under consideration with the team’s second-round pick in the 2024 draft.

Michael McCarthy helps continue to fill out Jerod Mayo’s first coaching staff with the New England Patriots. The team still needs to hire wide receivers and tight ends coaches.

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