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NFL Notebook: Who could replace Brian Flores as the leader of the Patriots’ defense?

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In this week’s edition of the NFL Notebook, we talk with Devin McCourty about his penalty-free streak, catch up with a former New England wide receiver taking another shot at professional football, and look at some of the similarities between Jason McCourty and … Roman Phifer? But first, we take a look at a few of the candidates to possibly replace Brian Flores if the Pats’ offensive play-caller leaves for the Miami head coaching position.

1. So if Brian Flores does leave for Miami — and the one thing we learned last year was that nothing is completely done until they have the introductory press conference — the Patriots would need to find their third defensive play-caller in three years. Who could end up replacing Flores? Here are four possibilities for New England to consider: