During head coach Bill Belichick's tenure with the Patriots, several coaching assistants have earned promotions to position coaching responsibilities, including Brian Daboll, Josh McDaniels, Nick Caserio, Matt Patricia, Shane Waldron, and Josh Boyer. Today, Patrick Graham became the latest to earn such a promotion.
A graduate of Yale University, where he was a defensive lineman, Graham served as a graduate assistant at Wagner College from 2002-03. In 2004, he joined the University of Richmond as their defensive line coach and served as tight ends coach for Richmond from 2005-06.
Then-University of Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis hired Graham as a graduate assistant in 2007, a role he filled for two seasons before joining the Patriots in 2009 as a coaching assistant, working closely with the defense. His title became defensive assistant coach last season.
The Patriots also altered the title of another former Patriots coaching assistant on Friday, naming Brian Flores as a defensive assistant. A linebacker at Boston College, Flores joined the Patriots as a scouting assistant in 2004 and became a pro scout in 2006.
Beginning in 2008, Flores spent two seasons as a coaching assistant with responsibilities mainly on special teams before having his title changed to assistant coach on offense/special teams last season.