According to the Patriots media guide and roster of coaches, New England does not have a defensive coordinator in a titular sense in 2019.
But it sounds like opponents know exactly who is running a Patriots defense that leads the NFL in fewest points allowed heading into the final month of action.
“They’ve got a pretty good defensive coordinator right now. He does a nice job,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said this week somewhat sarcastically before going on to make it clear he was talking about Bill Belichick.
“You’re talking about the best in the business. He’s done a heck of a job, and I’m sure he’s enjoying it. You get our age, man, it’s one of the fun things you get to do. This (talking to the media) isn’t, but that is.”
Belichick himself admitted this summer that he’d have to take on a larger role in coaching his defense this season after losing play caller Brian Flores and all the rest of his defensive assistants other than his son, safeties coach Steve Belichick, this offseason.
The reworked defensive staff has seen both first-year inside linebackers coach Jerod Mayo and the younger Belichick call defensive plays, the latter seemingly taking over the role the bulk of the time of late.
But, Reid thinks it’s quite clear that Bill Belichick is the man running the show for an at-times dominant defense these days in New England. And the veteran offensive coach, who has battled Belichick often over the years, has been impressed with the results.
“You can see him doing some different things, yeah, sure. Putting the things that – there are things that he likes that you can tell, which is with every play caller,” Reid said. “You see certain things that they favor over maybe a different guy. That doesn’t mean it’s better or worse – I’m not trying to slam anybody that was a coordinator there. He’s had some pretty good coordinators.”
According to Reid, though, Bill Belichick now has the best defensive coordinator he could ever find – himself.