Steve Belichick Stealing Patriots Coach for New College Gig

Former Patriots defensive coordinator Steve Belichick is already poaching assistant coaches.

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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The coaching turnover in New England continues. Earlier on Monday, it was announced that former Patriots defensive coordinator Steve Belichick has accepted the position to become the University of Washington's defensive coordinator. Now, he is bringing trusted hands from the Patriots organization with him to Washington.

Patriots News: Steve Belichick Poaching Former New England Assistants

Patriots assistant Vinnie Sunseri is the first coach who will reportedly follow Belichick to Seattle. Sunseri was a fifth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Once his playing career came to an end shortly after, he joined the Patriots staff, first as a defensive coaching assistant, then as a running backs coach since 2021.

The 36-year-old Steve Belichick has been on his dad Bill's staff in New England for the past 12 years, most recently working as the defensive coordinator. He was widely expected to follow wherever his father ended up this offseason. But now that the NFL coaching carousel stopped and every team filled its head coaching opening, Bill Belichick is left without a job.

So, instead, Steve joined the staff of another familiar face, Jedd Fisch of the University of Washington. Fisch and Belichick had previously worked together in Foxboro when Fisch was the Patriots quarterbacks coach in 2020.

Fisch had accepted the Huskies' offer earlier this offseason after Kalen DeBoer left for the University of Alabama job after leading UW to the national title game. He already brought majority of his coaching staff from Arizona to Seattle, including Pete Carroll's son Brennan Carroll as the offensive coordinator.

Having the sons of Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick as the two primary coordinators will surely make the Huskies an intriguing team for the fans.

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