Jerod Mayo Says Troy Brown is Staying With Patriots, But in an Undefined Coaching Position

New England Patriots head coach Jerod Mayo confirmed franchise legend Troy Brown will stay on the coaching staff, but in a new, undefined role.

Troy Brown’s time with the New England Patriots isn’t over. But the manner in which it will continue remains unclear.

Brown, New England’s receivers coach the last three seasons, currently isn’t listed on the Patriots’ official website as a member of the coaching staff. However, the franchise Hall of Famer is among a small group of Bill Belichick-era holdovers who will return in 2024.

Jerod Mayo Confirms Troy Brown Is Staying With Patriots

First-year head coach Jerod Mayo spoke with Patriots reporters on Wednesday before introducing the team’s three new coordinators. The series of news conferences were part of what was a jarringly media-friendly afternoon at Gillette Stadium.

At one point, Mayo was asked whether Brown would be on his revamped coaching staff in 2024.

“Troy Brown is still on the staff,” Mayo said. “Once again, I would say the staff is still pretty fluid, but he is on the staff.”

So, what kind of role could the Patriots assign to Brown, who’s one of the best receivers in franchise history?

Brown, a famously versatile player during his New England career, also coached returners the last four seasons. Under Brown’s tutelage, Patriots punt returners Gunner Olszewski and Marcus Jones earned first-team All-Pro nods in 2020 and 2022, respectively.

Perhaps Brown will have a hand in coaching a Patriots special-teams group now led by first-year coordinator Jeremy Springer and veteran assistant Tom Quinn. Maybe his role as an offensive coordinator at the 2024 Senior Bowl forecasts an advisor-like role on offense.

Either way, the Patriots are justified in tasking Brown with something other than coaching receivers.

Patriots Receiving Group Among NFL’s Worst

There’s no sugarcoating it: Brown didn’t do a good job as receivers coach. And he admitted as much last November.

“It’s getting open and catching the ball,” Brown said after New England’s Week 7 loss to the Washington Commanders. “Obviously, I’m coaching the receivers, so I will take the blame for that. That’s on me. I’ve got to do a better job of getting them prepared and playing situational football better.

” … I will say if I’m disappointed in anybody, it would be myself, not having our guys ready to go to play at a high level.”

The Patriots haven’t had a 1,000-yard receiver since Julian Edelman in 2019. No wideout has even hit 900 yards. In 2023, diminutive sixth-round rookie DeMario Douglas led New England with just 561 yards.

But it’s not just about the numbers. New England receivers in recent seasons have been plagued by poor spacing and sloppy route running — both of which fall on Brown.

Drops also have been an issue, as have pre-snap penalties. The Patriots also have failed to develop homegrown receivers into consistent playmakers, with 2022 second-rounder Tyquan Thornton the latest draft bust.

No matter which way you slice it, the Patriots needed a new voice in the receiver room. The group now will be led by lead coach Tyler Hughes and assistant Tiquan Underwood.

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As for Brown, we’ll just have to wait and see what his new job will be.

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