By Eric Schmidt

The New England Patriots announced on Thursday, coaching moves which included the addition of another member of the Belichick family. Several moves were made Thursday, including the naming of a new defensive coordinator for the Patriots. Matt Patricia, Josh Boyer, Brian Flores, Patrick Graham, Pepper Johnson, George Godsey, Joe Judge as well as Steve Belichick were all announced.

9-year veteran coach, Matt Patricia has been named the Patriots defensive coordinator for the 2012 season. Patricia has coached the linebackers for five seasons for New England and last season coached the safeties.

Josh Boyer has been named the cornerbacks coach. Boyer is coming off three seasons as the Patriots’ defensive backs coach.

Brian Flores assumes the role of safeties coach. Last season, Flores held the role of defensive assistant coach and enters his fifth season in the NFL. He originally joined the team as a scouting assistant in 2004.

Patrick Graham will coach the defensive line in 2012, assuming the same role he held in 2011 for the Patriots.

Pepper Johnson is entering his 26th season associated with the NFL and his 13th season on the coaching staff of the Patriots. Johnson will be mentoring the defensive line once again in 2012.

George Godsey will be entering his second season in the coaching ranks of the Patriots and will serve as an offensive assistant coach.

Joe Judge is entering his first season with New England after spending three seasons under Nick Saban at the University of Alabama and will assume the role of special teams assistant.

Steve Belichick, head coach Bill Belichick’s son, joins the Patriots staff as a coaching assistant in 2012.




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