dangolka (CBS) — Like no different sports activities league, the NFL is all about turnover. Preserving a job as a participant or coach for an extended time period is an achievement in and of itself.
And in that sense, Patriots working backs coach Ivan Fears is among the many rarest of the uncommon, as he enters his 24th season as a Patriots coach and his 22nd consecutive 12 months in Foxboro.
“It’s been an awesome journey,” Fears mentioned Wednesday. “I stay up for including yet another 12 months right here.”
Although Fears has been the working backs coach since 2002, he served because the receivers coach from 1991-92 and from 1999-2001. Included in that group of receivers again then was Troy Brown, within the midst of his Patriots Corridor of Fame profession.
Brown made the lone Professional Bowl of his profession when Fears was his place coach, and now the 2 are working along with the Patriots’ working backs.
It’s clearly a mutual appreciation society between the 2 males who at the moment are colleagues on the teaching employees.
“The person is unimaginable,” Fears mentioned of Brown. “When you ever actually thought of all of the issues he’s accomplished as a participant, and then you definately add that the man is a wonderful communicator — and he’s been capable of actually, actually mix in with the fellows.”
Fears spoke of Brown’s pure teaching talents when it comes to his potential to attach with gamers.
“He’s agency when he must be agency. He’s additionally compassionate when he must be compassionate. He understands what they’re going by, and he is aware of the way to inform them. I feel he’s going to be an terrible, terrible good coach. I actually do,” Fears mentioned. “Troy is a winner from the very backside of his ft all the way in which to the very prime of his head. The person is aware of the way to carry out, and he’s accomplished nothing however win, and I feel he is aware of the way to mission that to his guys.”
Fears continued: “I inform you what, it’s been quite a lot of enjoyable being round him. It truly is. I can see him being an terrible, terrible good coach at any place that he desires to take over. I simply suppose working backs is nice to study. However he’s additionally a helluva receivers coach. I feel he’s going to be a coordinator. I feel he has an awesome future forward of him. I actually do.”
Fears mentioned he had an concept that Brown would possibly blossom into such a coach, however such a transition isn’t a assure in terms of gamers making that bounce.
“What I’ve discovered is that Troy is an incredible particular person. I assumed so when he was a participant, however guys change some after they go from taking part in — you’re the coach, they’re the participant, it’s a distinct relationship,” Fears mentioned. “Now you’re buddy-buddy, coach-coach, and I’ll inform you what, I’ve been very blessed to be across the man. I feel he’s a helluva particular person, a hard-working man. He’s taking over this teaching deal prefer it’s the actual deal. I’m actually pleased with him. I feel he’s a particular particular person.”