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Ivan Fears, Troy Brown Involved In Patriots Coaching Succession Plan

Just one coach on the New England Patriots’ staff predates Bill Belichick’s 20-year tenure.

Running backs coach Ivan Fears, 66, has been on the Patriots’ staff since 1999, and adding in an earlier two-year stint with the Patriots in 1991 and 1992, has coached 24 total seasons in New England. That’s the longest time spent on the Patriots’ staff with former offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia retired. Belichick has coached 22 seasons in New England.

And with the 2020 season winding down, it seemed worth asking if Fears wants to come back for another year.