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Bill Belichick coaching tree: Why Giants target Matt Patricia might be different than past flops

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No one is going to confuse Bill Belichick’s coaching tree with Bill Walsh’s.

While Walsh helped groom Super Bowl coaches Mike Holmgren, George Siefert and Jim Fassel who then birthed another wave that included Andy Reid, Mike Shanahan, Brian Billick and so on, Belichick’s proteges have had much less success as head coaches.

Belichick’s top two assistants with the New England Patriots —offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia —interviewed with the Giants last week. Another coach from Belichick’s past, Jim Schwartz, also has been connected to the Giants’ search.

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While McDaniels and Schwartz are looking for second chances, Patricia is the wild card.

Patricia has spent the longest amount of consecutive uninterrupted time under a head coach Belichick’s wing, joining the staff in 2004 as an offensive assistant and climbing the ranks to assistant offensive line coach, linebackers coach, safeties coach and defensive coordinator.

Whereas some of the other members of Belichick’s tree doesn’t share his same specialty of defense, or some are better fits on an overarching Bill Parcells coaching tree, Patricia had the young, clean mind that Belichick wanted to fill with knowledge.


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Eric Mangini

Under Belichick: Cleveland Browns offensive assistant (1995); Jets defensive assistant (1997-99); New England Patriots defensive backs coach (2000-04); Patriots defensive coordinator (2005)

Current job: Out of coaching

NFL head coach record: 33-47

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