After being fired at Arkansas, former Razorbacks head coach Bret Bielema landed a position with the New England Patriots that came with the title “Consultant to the Head Coach.” It appears his role with the Patriots is about to change in a big way.
One nugget from Boston Globe reporter Ben Volin’s latest notebook is getting a lot of attention Sunday. New England defensive coordinator Brian Flores has reportedly agreed to become the next head coach of the Miami Dolphins with an official announcement coming after the Super Bowl. The NFL Network recently reported that Greg Schiano is “set to take a top defensive coaching position” with the Patriots. Volin, however, tells Pats fans to not expect Schiano as the next defensive coordinator because Bielema “has been telling people that he is going to become the Patriots’ defensive coordinator.”
Volin further offers that it is rare for head coach Bill Belichick to make an outside hire for a coordinator position. Bielema’s season as a consultant gives him a leg up on Schiano, who has been at Ohio State.
For Bielema, it would be his first on-field coaching gig in the NFL. Prior to his consulting role, all of Bielema’s coaching experience came at the college level (Iowa, Kansas State, Wisconsin, Arkansas).