FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots announced their 2016 coaching staff on Friday, and one of the notable changes is Steve Belichick's promotion from defensive assistant to safeties coach. Belichick, the son of head coach Bill Belichick, was a coaching assistant on the staff for the past four seasons.
His promotion was a result of safeties coach Brian Flores being moved to linebackers coach. Flores fills the void created by the departure of Patrick Graham, who is now with the New York Giants.
A few other changes of note:
Longtime offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia, who had retired two years ago, is back on staff in his prior role. Scarnecchia's return has been widely reported.
Moses Cabrera has been promoted to head strength and conditioning coach. He was the team's assistant strength and conditioning coach from 2011-2015, and takes over for Harold Nash, who is now with the Detroit Lions. Cabrera will be assisted by James Hardy.
Jerry Schuplinski has been elevated from coaching assistant to assistant quarterbacks coach. Schuplinski, a graduate of John Carroll University, has spent the past three seasons as a coaching assistant with the team.
Head coach: Bill Belichick
Offensive coordinator: Josh McDaniels
Defensive coordinator: Matt Patricia
Offensive line: Dante Scarnecchia
Running backs: Ivan Fears
Wide receivers: Chad O'Shea
Tight ends: Brian Daboll
Assistant QBs: Jerry Schuplinski
Defensive line: Brendan Daly
Linebackers: Brian Flores
Cornerbacks: Josh Boyer
Safeties: Steve Belichick
Special teams: Joe Judge
Assistant special teams: Ray Ventrone
Strength and conditioning: Moses Cabrera
Assistant strength and conditioning: James Hardy
The team will also have entry-level coaching assistants on the staff, but those positions have yet to be announced.