Notebook: What would the Patriots do if they lost both Matt Patricia and Brian Flores?

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According to a Saturday morning report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Patriots could lose as many as three assistants this offseason. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia are both still head coaching candidates, while linebackers coach Brian Flores remains “very much in play in Arizona,” said Schefter, quoting a league source.

While the loss of McDaniels and/or Patricia at the end of the year was pretty much assumed, the potential departure of Flores could create an issue. Even though there are a few clear candidates on staff (or elsewhere) who could ascend to the OC job, many believe Flores is the DC-in-waiting, and if he did ultimately depart for Arizona, it would create a void on the defensive side of the ball for the New England coaching staff. How would the Patriots fill the vacancy?