Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has lost another assistant. This time, it’s tight ends coach Pete Mangurian, the Boston Globe reported today, citing an NFL source.
Mangurian already has another destination in mind, according to the Globe:
- Mangurian is the fourth member of Belichick’s staff to part ways with the team this year, joining offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Josh McDaniels, who left to become head coach of the Denver Broncos, special teams coach Brad Seely and special assistant/secondary coach Dom Capers.
- Like Seely, who landed in Cleveland as assistant head coach/special teams coordinator, and Capers, who was named the Green Bay Packers’ defensive coordinator this week, Mangurian, 53, is expected to hook on elsewhere — with Tampa Bay, joining the staff of new Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris.
- Morris coached under Mangurian at Cornell, where Mangurian was head coach from 1998-2000. In 1999, Morris coached defensive backs for the Ivy League school.
It definitely pays to know someone, as recent assistant hirings have proved. And with an NFL-record 11 head-coaching changes this season, there’s plenty of opportunity for movement as the new guys fill their staffs with assistants they know and trust.