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Fri, 01/29/2010 - 9:07am  

Schefter: Pats hire ND's Brown

During his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Patriots hired ex-Notre Dame defensive coordinator and former Patriots safety Corwin Brown, likely to coach New England's defensive backs. Prior to coaching at ND, Brown coached the Jets defensive backs for three seasons (2004-06). He was drafted by the Patriots out of Michigan in 1993 and played four seasons for Bill Parcells before spending two years each with the Jets and Lions.

 

Schefter also said he would not be surprised if the team does not announce a new defensive coordinator to replace Dean Pees (now in Baltimore), instead leaving the coaching staff as is, without formally making any of the assistants in charge of the defense. "I don't believe that ultimately they'll wind up going to a defensive coordinator," Schefter said. "I think they probably are set with what they have right now."

 

As for the Patriots' situation with defensive lineman Vince Wilfork, whose contract is up, Schefter said: "He obviously really wants that long-term deal. And we haven't seen the Patriots sign many players to long-term deals. ... There are so many ways that this could go, but you can see the elements in place for this playing out in a confrontational way."

 

Schefter said he still thinks the Patriots will win the AFC East over the Jets next season. "New England's got more picks, it's going to be able to get involved in free agency, and you've got Tom Brady a year later [after the ACL injury]," Schefter said. "I'm not saying the team doesn't have question marks — every team does. But the key components are there, where you can supplement around them and have a team Patriots fans will be excited about."

 

To hear the interview, click on the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page. Visit the It Is What It Is blog later this morning for a transcript.




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