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Patriots add tight ends coach

Mangurian hiring completes staff

Patriots coach Bill Belichick yesterday announced the hiring of Pete Mangurian as tight ends coach and said that his coaching staff for the 2005 season is complete.

"I'd say that's pretty much it," Belichick said.

If that is the case, it means the Patriots will go without a titled offensive coordinator.

On their websites, every other NFL team lists an offensive coordinator, except the Cleveland Browns, though that may be a technicality because Romeo Crennel hired Maurice Carthon for that post last month.

Charlie Weis, who was the Patriots offensive coordinator, left after the Super Bowl to become head coach at Notre Dame. Eric Mangini, who was the secondary coach, replaced Crennel as defensive coordinator less than a week after the Patriots toppled Philadelphia to claim their second consecutive Super Bowl title.

Weis's play-calling duties could be handled by Belichick, wide receivers coach Brian Daboll, running backs coach Ivan Fears, or quarterbacks coach Josh McDaniels.

Belichick said he isn't as concerned as others seem to be about the changes on his staff; he is pleased with the additions.

"There's change every year in some aspect of the organization," Belichick said. "This was not unexpected. Charlie was hired some time ago, and Romeo had been on lists.

"I think you can get some fresh ideas and those type things, but a big part of a new coach coming in is he has to learn how we do things."

Mangurian, 49, comes to the team with 13 years of NFL experience, much of it under Dan Reeves. He started with Reeves as a tight ends coach in Denver (1988), was promoted to offensive line coach three years later, and stayed in that position for seven seasons, including four years with the New York Giants and one with the Atlanta Falcons.

In 1998, Mangurian took over as head coach at Cornell, where he compiled a 16-14 record in three seasons. His 10-4 Ivy League mark in his last two seasons with the Big Red is the best two-year conference record in school history.

Mangurian returned to Reeves's staff as offensive line coach with the Falcons in 2001, took over play-calling duties in the middle of the 2002 season, and was the team's offensive coordinator for the 2003 season. He was out of football last year.

"He is very experienced and has been in the league a while," Belichick said. "And he was with Dan Reeves in an offense that did a lot with the tight ends." . . .
The Patriots formally announced the re-signing of running back Patrick Pass to a two-year contract.

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