Patriots hire Daly as defensive assistant

Patriots hire Daly as defensive assistant
January 29, 2014, 4:30 pm
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The Patriots announced today that they have added Brendan Daly as a defensive assistant coach.

Daly has spent eight seasons in the NFL as an assistant. From 2006-08 he was a defensive assistant/defensive line coach for the Vikings. From 2009-11 he coached the defensive line at St. Louis, and then two seasons ago he returned to Minnesota to serve as defensive line coach.

After playing tight end at Drake, Daly started his coaching career at Ridgewood High in New Port Richey, Fla. He then moved up the college coaching ranks, working at Drake, Villanova, Maryland, Oklahoma State, Illinois State and Villanova again.

The Patriots have lost three assistant coaches since dropping the AFC title game to the Broncos two weekends ago. Daly is the second assistant signed by the Patriots this offseason.

Offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia retired after spending 32 seasons in the NFL. Linebackers coach Pepper Johnson and tight ends coach George Godsey have also both departed from Bill Belichick's coaching staff. Godsey has reportedly taken the job as quarterbacks coach in Houston to work under former Patriots colleague and current Texans head coach Bill O'Brien.

Dave DeGuglielmo was hired recently to replace Scarnecchia and take over the Pats offensive line.