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Coaching changes coming for Patriots

Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  February 9, 2011 11:56 AM

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What began as a slow morning at a Taunton elementary school to chat with Patrick Chung, who was there to read to students, has gotten more interesting with some changes coming to the Patriots coaching staff.

First, we've confirmed that defensive assistant Corwin Brown, who worked primarily with the safeties in 2010, will not be back with the Patriots after just one season on the staff. Brown, a former Patriots and Jets player under Bill Belichick/Bill Parcells, coached the defensive backs with Josh Boyer.

Second, longtime New England strength and conditioning coach Mike Woicik, the only man with six Super Bowl rings -- three with Dallas in the 1990s and three with the Patriots -- is likely returning to the Cowboys.

ESPNBoston and ESPNDallas are reporting that Woicik is in talks to re-join Dallas.

The move makes sense: new Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett knows Woicik from his days as a player during Woicik's first go-round with the team. Garrett wants to toughen up a team lacking in mental toughness, and bringing in the hard-nosed, old school, highly respected Woicik would be one step in that process.

If/when Woicik goes, we've been told that Harold Nash, currently the Patriots' assistant strength and conditioning coach, will take over the top role. Nash is well thought of by those inside Gillette, and he also runs the team's player-development program, which was named as the best in the NFL this year.

News, analysis and commentary from Boston.com's staff writers and contributors, including Zuri Berry and Erik Frenz.

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