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Former New England Patriots defensive play caller Steve Belichick is expected to become the new defensive coordinator for the Washington Huskies, a program source said. The athletics on Sunday. The 36-year-old son of Bill Belichick has called the Patriots’ defense for the past four seasons. The younger Belichick has coached in New England since 2012 and worked with Jed Fish in 2020, the new Washington head coach who was the Patriots’ quarterbacks coach.

The success of former NFL assistants as college defensive coordinators makes Belichick’s hiring surprising. In the year In 2023, three of the eight top-ranked defenses in the FBS will be coordinated by DCs from the NFL. Michigan ranked No. 4 under former Ravens assistant Jesse Minter. Notre Dame was No. 5 under former Bengals assistant Al Golden, and UCLA was No. 8 under former Ravens assistant D’Anton Lynn.

Much of Washington’s new staff came with Fisch at Arizona, where he led the Wildcats to a 10-game winning streak in his third year turning around the U of A program. The entire offensive staff — offensive line coach Brennan Carroll, QB coach Jimmy Dougherty, tight ends coach/special teams coordinator Jordan Paopao, running backs coach Scotty Graham and wide receivers coach Kevin Cummings — followed from Tucson as secondary coach John Richardson. and defensive line coach Jason Kafusi.

Belichick’s addition gives the Huskies the distinction of being the sons of Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick as UW’s two coordinators.

The Huskies played for the national championship and went 25-3 the last two years under Callen DeBoer, but now they must replace returning starters from two Pac-12 championships as they move to the Big Ten.

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