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Brian Belichick thankful to remain with Patriots after his father's departure

One Belichick remains in New England.

Bill Belichick parted ways with the Patriots after 24 seasons, and one son, Steve, also left, eventually landing at the University of Washington. Brian Belichick, however, chose to stay in Foxborough under his father's replacement, Jerod Mayo.

"I was thankful and happy to get the opportunity to coach here and was again thankful and happy to take advantage of it," Belichick said Wednesday, via the team's official website. "I have a lot of a lot of gratitude in my life right now for a daughter, a job, being here, living in this area. I love it. I just hope I can contribute to help us be the best team we can this year."

Brian Belichick has been a part of the Patriots coaching staff since 2017 when he began as an assistant. He was elevated to safeties coach in 2020, a position he remains in under Mayo and defensive coordinator DeMarcus Covington.

"I enjoy very much coaching here, living here, working with our players every day," Belichick said. "You know, I have the opportunity to coach a position in the National Football League. How much more can you ask for than that? So it's been awesome."

Mayo glowed about what Belichick brings to his coaching staff as the organization turns the page.

"He's been fantastic," Mayo said. "There are other guys in the organization that it has been a little awkward for, him and those guys have handled it the right way. Look, Brian loves football, and he loves New England. I think I talked about this a little bit earlier: a guy with a new baby, loves it up here, and wants to stay. We're happy that he's here."

Veteran safety Jabrill Peppers worked under Brian the past two seasons and added that the younger Belichick brings a unique perspective to the room.

"[Brian] just brings a different level of how he sees the game, how he thinks the game, he holds us to a very high standard and has coached a lot of great DBs back there," Peppers said. "And the standard is the standard in that room. We work really well as a collective and in the DB room from the coaches to the players. We all got one goal in mind, put the best product on the field and help the team win ballgames."

It's a new era in Foxborough, but not every vestige of the previous dynastic regime was pushed out.

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