Friday, February 21, 2014

Belichick: With Lombardi, Patriots' staff now set


The New England Patriots officially announced the addition of Michael Lombardi Thursday, naming the former Cleveland Browns general manager as an assistant to the coaching staff.

"Mike's got a lot of experience," Patriots coach Bill Belichick told the media Thursday, via "He's done a lot of things in his career in the NFL."

Lombardi had been rumored last week to have joined the Patriots just days after getting fired from his post in Cleveland, a position he held for a year and a handful of days.

He has 23 years of NFL experience, working has way up the scouting, personnel and executive ladders within various organizations.

"I'm sure he'll be doing many of those things for us," Belichick said. We'll see how it goes."

The Patriots have yet to fill the linebackers coach vacancy left by now-Buffalo Bills defensive line coach Pepper Johnson, and Belichick has still yet to name an assistant head coach following the departure of offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia.

There were also a handful of other assistant changes, but according to Belichick, things are now in order.

"I think our coaching staff is pretty well set right now, so we'll go forward with it," he said. "I'm glad to have the people that we have. We'll see how it all comes together."

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