February 22, 2024

Washington hires Steve Belichick: Bill Belichick’s son to reunite with Jedd Fisch as Huskies defensive coordinator

At least one Belichick will be coaching football in 2024.

While Bill Belichick failed to land a head coaching job after the Patriots fired him, his son Steve Belichick will be heading to the college ranks to continue his career.

The younger Belichick is set to join Washington’s program where he will serve as the team’s defensive coordinator, per ESPN’s Field Yates.

Belichick worked on his father’s staff with the Patriots from 2012 to 2023 serving in a variety of roles on the defensive side of the ball. The 36-year-old began his career as a defensive assistant before working with the safeties from 2016-18, being elevated to the secondary coach in 2019 and finishing his time in New England as the team’s outside linebackers coach.

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While Belichick was never officially given the title of defensive coordinator, he called plays for New England’s defense for five seasons. The Patriots generally enjoyed success under his watch.

Steve Belichick coaching stats

In 2019, Belichick’s first season as a play-caller, New England’s defense ranked No. 1 overall in both yards and points. The team continued to rank top 10 in at least one of the categories in each of Belichick’s five seasons in that role, as can be seen below.

Year Yards per game (rank) Points per game (rank)
2019 275.9 (1st) 14.1 (1st)
2020 353.8 (15th) 22.1 (7th)
2021 310.8 (4th) 17.8 (2nd)
2022 322.0 (8th) 20.4 (11th)
2023 301.6 (7th) 21.5 (15th)

It’s worth wondering how much of the play-calling decisions belonged to Belichick and how many were made by his father. The team’s new head coach Jerod Mayo also had sway on that side of the ball, and that’s part of the reason the Patriots were confident enough to make him the successor to Belichick.

Even so, it’s clear that Belichick has upside. And while the young, defensive-minded coach hasn’t gotten attention for NFL-level defensive coordinator jobs, he will get a chance to cut his teeth at Washington in an expanded role.

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It helps that Belichick is landing with a familiar face. Washington’s new head coach, Jedd Fisch, served as New England’s quarterbacks coach in 2020 before becoming the head coach at Arizona. That relationship likely played a part in Belichick agreeing to work for the Huskies.

And perhaps if Belichick can adapt to the college game as well as Fisch did with the Wildcats, there will be some more interest in Belichick returning to the NFL for coordinator jobs.