BOSTON (CBS) – Bill Belichick has added long-time assistant Brendan Daly to his coaching staff as a defensive assistant, the New England Patriots announced Wednesday.
Daly, who has spent eight of his a 17-years in the NFL as an assistant, most recently served the defensive line coach for the Minnesota Vikings from 2012-13. This was his second stint in Minnesota, as he served as a defensive assistant and defensive line coach from 2006-08. Sandwiched between those stops in Minnesota was a three-year stint with the St. Louis Rams as their defensive line coach from 2009-11).
Daly has also spent a considerable amount of time in the college ranks, serving as the defensive line coach at Villanova in 2005 and tight ends coach at Illinois State in 2004. Daly was on the staff at Oklahoma State from 2001-03, working on both sides of the ball and in strength and conditioning.
He got his coaching start at Ridgewood High in New Port Richey, Florida, in 1997 before moving to his alma mater, Drake, in 1998 and Villanova in 1999. During his playing career at Drake, Daly was a tight end.
While it’s unclear what role Daly will serve with the Patriots, they do have a need at linebackers coach after last week’s departure of long-time assistant Pepper Johnson.
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