Bill Belichick's coaching tree grew by another branch on Tuesday when the Giants hired the Patriots special team coordinator and wide receiver trainer Joe Judge as the next head coach. The judge spent eight years under Belichick winning three Super Bowl rings, but that hasn't always guaranteed success elsewhere. Here's a look at how the former Belichick protégés fared as NFL head coach:
Crennel worked with Belichick on the Giants and Jets before becoming his Patriots defensive coordinator in 2001 and winning three Super Bowls. Just a few days after the third championship, Crennel was hired as head coach of the Browns in 2005. After his only winning season there (10: 6), he received a contract extension in 2008, which he ended with a 24:40 term of office until the end of the year.
Before he was back in the pool of candidates for this year's coaching cycle – and before he left the Colts at the altar in 2018 – McDaniels' first attempt as head coach failed. After eight years with the Patriots, including the past three seasons as an offensive coordinator, McDaniels joined Broncos in 2009 as head coach. You just missed the playoffs in his first year after a hot start and he was fired late in his second season after 11-17.
Saban has returned to be one of the best college football coaches ever, but he spent four years under Belichick before trying his hand at the NFL as a head coach. Saban was Belichick's Browns defensive coordinator from 1991 to 1994 and returned to the NFL in 2005 to become the Dolphins head coach. He went 9-7 in his first season, but flopped in his second and last year and went 6-10 before taking up the job in Alabama.
Mangini, Belichick's defense assistant at the Jets and Patriots, replaced Crennel in 2005 as a defense coordinator for New England for one season before being appointed head coach of the Jets in 2006. The biggest claim was to expose Belichick by launching Spygate. Mangini was released after the 2008 season, but found his next job as head coach of the Browns less than two weeks later. It got worse – 10-22 in two seasons.
O & # 39; Brien spent five years under Belichick, the last as the Patriots' offensive coordinator in 2011. Unlike other patriot assistants, O & # 39; Brien left college to become head coach (at Penn State) before joining the The NFL head coach returned to the NFL in 2014. He has led them to victory this season in five of his six years and they are currently playing against the bosses in Sunday's AFC division round.
Before the judge, it was Patricia who almost became the Belichick protégé who took over the Giants. The former rocket scientist served as patriots' defense coordinator for six years (and eight more years as a position coach) before interviewing the Lions and Giants in 2018. Finally, Patricia preferred the Lions job to the Giants and became Detroit head coach. The Lions only gave him another year to join the team after 9/22. To bring it back into shape in its first two seasons
Born in Brooklyn, he worked for a long time in the Patriots organization and spent 15 seasons there in various roles, from scouting to assistant to the special teams at Belichick's de facto defensive coordinator, who celebrated another Super Bowl victory in 2018. Subsequently, Flores was hired as head coach of the Dolphins last February. He had a brilliant start at 0: 7 for the tanking franchise before finishing with a 5-11 record, including a win over the Patriots in week 17.
Vrabel was never part of Belichick's coaching staff, but the Patriots linebacker has been an integral part of his defense for eight seasons, including three Super Bowl titles. After retiring, Vrabel trained in Ohio and under O & # 39; Brien on the Texans before being appointed head coach of the Titans in 2018. He led a pair of 9-7 seasons, of which the Titans are still alive after a fall, Belichick and the Patriots on Saturday.