Patriots head coach Bill Belichick reportedly will call the team’s plays on defense next season, although nothing official has been announced.
Belichick is a defensive-minded coach and helped lead the New York Giants to Super Bowl victories in 1986 and 1990 as the team’s defensive coordinator. His defensive wizardry also has played a pivotal role in the Patriots winning six Super Bowl titles in nine appearances since 2000.
So, it’s safe to say the Patriots defense is in pretty good hands if Belichick is taking on a larger role, and Patriots safety Duron Harmon certainly agrees.
“I mean, Coach Belichick, he’s Coach Belichick,” Harmon told reporters Thursday at Gillette Stadium. “If he’s calling the plays, I think we’re going to be fine.”
Harmon also added: “This man called the plays for the Giants and won two Super Bowls. If he’s calling the plays, we’ll be alright.”
Belichick last served as the team’s primary play-caller on defense in 2010. Given the lack of experience of some of the coaches on his defensive staff, Belichick calling the plays, at least to start the season, does make sense.