New England Patriots Promote DeMarcus Covington to Defensive Coordinator, Solidifying Coaching Staff

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots have made a decision regarding their defensive coordinator position. According to a source, the team plans to promote DeMarcus Covington, their defensive line coach, to the role. This move comes as no surprise, as Covington, who has been with the Patriots for eight seasons, has been an integral part of the coaching staff. Covington has worked alongside head coach Jerod Mayo and has played a key role in the team’s success, particularly in their league-leading run defense in 2023.

Covington’s exceptional work with the defensive line has not gone unnoticed. His efforts have led to the Patriots allowing just 3.3 yards per carry, the lowest in the league last season. Additionally, his coaching played a significant role in the emergence of defensive lineman Christian Barmore, who had a breakout year for the team. Covington’s potential as a coach was recognized by the Arizona Cardinals, who expressed interest in interviewing him for their vacant defensive coordinator position last year. He also served as a defensive coordinator at the Senior Bowl.

With Covington set to become the Patriots’ defensive coordinator, it is likely that much of the team’s defensive staff will remain intact. However, the future of Steve Belichick and Brian Belichick, the sons of former coach Bill Belichick, remains uncertain. Steve Belichick, the linebackers coach, has the opportunity to stay on staff and work closely with Mayo, with whom he has developed a strong relationship over the years. Brian Belichick, the safeties coach, has also earned the opportunity to stay, according to Mayo.

While the defensive coordinator position has been resolved, the Patriots are still in the process of interviewing candidates for offensive coordinator and special teams coordinator. In-person interviews are expected to take place this week, marking the next phase of the selection process.

The promotion of Covington underscores the Patriots’ commitment to maintaining continuity within their coaching staff. As they prepare for the upcoming season, the team aims to build upon the successes of the previous year and further strengthen their defense.