FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- As the Patriots continue through their offseason, one of the advantages that they have had is that they did not lose a single coach from the 2012 staff. In fact, it's just the second time during Bill Belichick's tenure that such has been the case.
But the coaching staff isn't entirely the same as last year's, as a pair of offensive coaches were added, including a familiar face in Brian Daboll, who cut his teeth as an assistant with the Patriots from 2000-2006.
No specific role has been named for Daboll, who served as the Chiefs offensive coordinator in 2012, but he's worked closely alongside offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia throughout the media-accesible OTA's.
His presence has been welcomed by Scarnecchia, who has overseen the line in New England since 1999.
"I've known Brian a long time, 12 years, and he's a really good football coach, and he's helping wherever he can," Scarnecchia said on Tuesday. "I really enjoy our time together."
Running backs coach Ivan Fears, who has been with the Patriots since 1999, is also pleased to have Daboll back on the staff, as he considers him not just a quality coach, but a good friend.
"I'm just happy he's here," Fears said. "We always can use another good football coach. A guy that's got the experience that he's got, being a coordinator in the league, seeing the things he's seen, attacking the defenses that he's attacked, it's always nice to have another guy like that around, it really is. So I'm kind of excited to have Brian around, plus he was here a long time with me, we're pretty close so I'm always happy to see Brian around."
It doesn't sound as though Daboll's duties will be limited to the line, as offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels highlighted his versatility and experience as well.
"Brian's got a lot of exposure, he's been in a lot of different places and he brings a great, fresh mindset into our meetings," he said. "He can add to every group in our room, whether that's the offense as a whole, each position group, certainly I pick his brain daily, 'What did you do, what would you do here?'
"And he's a really good resource for us to have here," he continued. "What an addition for us to have the opportunity to get him back and let him try to help us get better every day. He's really doing a good job."
Daboll, 38, has long been considered a bright offensive mind in coaching circles, and he also has experience working with the Jets, Dolphins and Browns in addition to his work in Kansas City and New England.