A surprising amount of experience continues to leave Bill Belichick’s coaching staff and front office at Foxboro – CBS Boston

By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston

BOSTON (CBS) — Every NFL team is losing players, coaches and front office personnel on a yearly basis. Sometimes, however, the loss is greater than others.

Enter the 2022 New England Patriots.

While the Patriots still, of course, have Bill Belichick running the show at Foxboro, the reality is that the organization has lost a rather surprising amount of experience in recent years.

This trend continued on Monday, when Josh McDaniels and David Ziegler were introduced for their new jobs in Las Vegas. McDaniels just completed his 21st season as an NFL coach and his 18th with the Patriots, having worked under Belichick from 2001-2008 and again from 2012-21. He left in the past, but his absence didn’t last. only three years, a small setback in a long and enduring relationship in New England that allowed Belichick to take a hands-off approach to offense in many areas.

Ziegler — now Las Vegas general manager — spent just one season as director of player personnel for the Patriots, but he had been with the Patriots for nine years.

Ziegler had replaced Nick Caserio at the top of the Patriots’ front office staff, following Caserio’s departure last year to become the Texans’ general manager. Caserio spent 20 seasons working for the Patriots, both in the front office (18 seasons) and as wide receivers coach (2007) and offensive practice assistant (2002). The year before, Monti Ossenfort left the Patriots for Tennessee after spending 15 years with the Patriots in the scouting department.

Of course, the most experienced member of the Patriots staff behind the scenes was Ernie Adams, who retired last spring. Adams worked under Belichick throughout the head coach’s tenure at New England until the 2021 season. His official title was “Football Research Director,” but Adams was a man of many jobs for the Patriots. Adams – a friend of Belichick’s since high school – had worked with the Giants and Browns head coach before reuniting with Belichick in New England. His experience, knowledge and fit with Belichick certainly cannot be replicated.

As Adams spent his Sundays in the coaches pit, the sideline lost and is expected to continue losing major experience as well.

Dante Scarnechia served as an offensive line coach for a long time before retiring for the second and final time after the 2019 season. Scarnecchia coached for 48 years, including 36 in the NFL and 34 in New England. Scarnecchia was the Patriots’ special teams and tight ends coach from 1982 to 1988. After two years with the Colts, he returned to the Patriots in 1991, where he remained until his first retirement after the 2013 season. He returned in 2016, helping the team win two Super Bowls before his final retirement.

Another longtime Patriots staffer set to retire this offseason in Ivan fears. His tenure with the Patriots precedes Belichick’s arrival, with Fears spending two seasons with the Patriots in the early ’90s before returning in 1999. He was the wide receivers coach from 1999-2001 before taking over the job as a coach of running backs, which he led. from 2002-21. ESPN’s Mike Reiss reported over the weekend that it was “a matter of time” before Fears officially announced his retirement this offseason. Fears spent 46 years as a coach, including 31 in the NFL and 25 with the Patriots.

In McDaniels, Fears and Scarnecchia, Belichick lost 81 Patriots practice seasons on the sidelines in two years. joe judges had also been with the team for eight years, including six as special teams coordinator before leaving after the 2019 season. A year prior to that, Brian Flores — who had spent 11 seasons on Belichick’s team — left to serve as the Dolphins’ head coach. Chad O’Sheawho had been the Patriots’ receivers coach for 10 years, also left with Flores.

In the front office, Belichick has now lost 42 years of experience with the Patriots of Caserio, Ziegler and Ossenfort. Ernie Adams, who was somewhere between those two places, took another 21 years of experience with him in retirement.

On the field, the Patriots visibly lost Tom Brady and his 20 years of experience with the Patriots after the 2019 season. But it’s clear that the losses in intelligence and practical experience from the coaching staff and the front office have piled up considerably in a short time.