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NFL Notebook: What sort of challenges will new Patriots’ assistant coaches face?

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In this week’s edition of the NFL Notebook, we find out some details on why Dontrelle Inman left Indy for New England this offseason, get a scouting report on Ryan Griffin, who might be on the Patriots’ radar after he was cut loose by the Texans, and see just how many different GMs have passed through the AFC East since Bill Belichick took the reins in Foxborough. But first, we take a look at some of the challenges that will be faced by the Patriots’ first-year assistant coaches.

1. There’s a sizable amount of change on the Patriots’ coaching staff this offseason, with new assistants at linebacker and cornerback. While they already have a background in the system — Jerod Mayo as a player, and DeMarcus Covington and Mike Pellegrino as coaching assistants — it’ll be a change for them as they navigate their first year as full-time assistants in the NFL. (For purposes of this exercise, we're not going to include Bret Bielema and Joe Judge, two guys who were with the Patriots last year but will have slightly different responsibilities in 2019.) For some insight into what they might be dealing with, we turned to old friend and former college assistant Cory Bailey (who has a history with some of the holdovers on the staff) as to what sort of challenges they might be dealing with. Bailey had three main points.