The past two seasons, Patriots TEs Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez have taken the league by storm, finding great success in an unconventional two-tight end set. In 2012, the duo will have a new person coaching them.
Brian Ferentz, who had been New England's TE coach in 2011 after working as an offensive assistant for the team since '08, has left to become the O-line coach at the University of Iowa. Ferentz played for the Hawkeyes, and his father, Kirk, is the school's head football coach.
The school also hired Iowa alum LeVar Woods — who spent seven seasons as an NFL linebacker from 2001-07 — as their LB coach.
"I am excited to have LeVar and Brian, two men with strong ties to our program and high school football within the state of Iowa, join our staff," Kirk Ferentz said. "LeVar and Brian had great careers at the University of Iowa and both have enjoyed unique experiences and opportunities since their graduation. I am confident they will make positive and significant contributions in all areas of our program."
Brian Ferentz is the second offensive assistant the Patriots have lost to the college ranks. Earlier in the offseason, offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien took the head-coaching job at Penn State. He was replaced on the staff by Josh McDaniels.