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Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Patriots lose another top assistant coach


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

The New England Patriots have lost another key member of their football operations.

On the same day the Kansas City Chiefs introduced former Patriots vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli as general manager, new Cleveland Browns head coach Eric Mangini plucked special teams coach Brad Seely off the Patriots' staff.

Seely will get a promotion to assistant head coach. He was on Bill Belichick's staff for all four Super Bowl appearances. Seely joined the Patriots in 1999 and was retained when Belichick became head coach a year later.

The Patriots reportedly will bring in former Denver Broncos special teams coach Scott O'Brien, who was let go when Mike Shanahan was fired. O'Brien worked under Belichick with the Cleveland Browns.

Reports also had linked Seely to the Denver Broncos, where Josh McDaniels took over as head coach Monday. McDaniels was the Patriots' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Patriots secondary coach Dom Capers, a long-time defensive coordinator, also could be on the move, further depleting the Patriots of more brain power.

At least Patriot Nation can count on defensive coordinator Dean Pees not going anywhere.