New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick announced some new responsibilities for coaches Thursday and there is a notable addition to the staff in 2012 -- Belichick's son.
Steve Belichick, 25, played four seasons of lacrosse at Rutgers before walking on to the football team as a long snapper in 2011, and has been named a Patriots coaching assistant. A coaching assistant is an entry-level position that includes a variety of responsibilities.
Adding a third generation of Belichicks to the coaching ranks likely has special meaning for Bill Belichick, whose passion for coaching was sparked by his father, Steve, a longtime coach at Navy. Over his 13 seasons as head coach of the Patriots, Belichick has had his children -- Steve, Amanda (assistant women's lacrosse coach at Ohio State) and Brian -- on the sidelines at various times.
Other NFL head coaches also have hired their sons. In Washington, Mike Shanahan's offensive coordinator is his son, Kyle. In St. Louis, Jeff Fisher's son, Brandon, is an assistant secondary coach.
Bill Belichick also announced that Matt Patricia would serve as the Patriots' defensive coordinator. Here's the rest of the coaching roles for 2012 that are different than last season:
DEFENSE: Pepper Johnson (linebackers), Patrick Graham (defensive line), Brian Flores (safeties), Josh Boyer (cornerbacks),
OFFENSE: George Godsey will slide over from offensive assistant to tight ends coach.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Joe Judge (assistant)
Josh McDaniels rejoined the Patriots in the playoffs last season and will remain as offensive coordinator. Other holdovers include Ivan Fears (running backs), Chad O'Shea (wide receivers), Dante Scarnecchia (offensive line/assistant head coach) and Scott O'Brien (special teams).