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Corwin Brown (born April 25, 1970) is an American football coach who was most recently the defensive backs coach for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. Following an eight-year career in the NFL as a safety from 19932000, Brown worked as an assistant coach for Virginia, the New York Jets, and Notre Dame before joining the Patriots.

Corwin Brown
No. 30, 44
Personal information
Born: (1970-04-25) April 25, 1970 (age 49)
Chicago, Illinois
Career information
High school:Chicago (IL) Julian
NFL Draft:1993 / Round: 4 / Pick: 110
Career history
As player:
As coach:
  • Virginia (2001–2003)
    Special Teams Coach (2001–2003)
  • New York Jets (20042006)
    Defensive Backs Coach (20042006)
  • Notre Dame (2007–2009)
    Defensive Coordinator/
    Outside Linebackers Coach (2007)
    Defensive Coordinator/
    Defensive Backs Coach (2008)
    Associate Head Coach/
    Co-Defensive Coordinator/
    Defensive Backs Coach (2009)
  • New England Patriots (2010)
    Defensive Backs Coach (2010)
Career NFL statistics
Forced fumbles:3
Player stats at


College careerEdit

After graduating from Julian High School in Chicago, Brown attended the University of Michigan, where he played football as a defensive back. He was a two-year starter, co-captain of the 1992 team, and All-Big 10 in 1992.[1][2]

Professional careerEdit

New England PatriotsEdit

Brown was drafted in the fourth round (110th overall) in the 1993 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. He started a career-high 12 games at safety as a rookie, recording 56 tackles, also a career-high. He went on to play three more seasons for the Patriots and head coach Bill Parcells (and in 1996, secondary coach Bill Belichick), starting only two games over that span and picking up 38 tackles.

New York JetsEdit

Brown followed Parcells and Belichick to the New York Jets in 1997, starting one game over two seasons and recording 29 tackles and one interception.

Detroit LionsEdit

The final two years of Brown's career were spent with the Detroit Lions. After starting one game in 1999, Brown started four games in 2000, recording a half sack, two interceptions, and 21 tackles. He retired following the season at age 30.

Coaching careerEdit


Brown worked as a special teams coach under former Patriots and Jets assistant coach Al Groh at the University of Virginia from 2001 through 2003.

New York JetsEdit

Brown joined the Jets as a defensive backs coach in 2004 under head coach Herman Edwards and spent three years with the team, including one under then-new head coach and former Patriots assistant Eric Mangini in 2006.

Notre DameEdit

On January 19, 2007, Brown was named the defensive coordinator and outside linebackers coach for the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish under head coach and former Patriots assistant Charlie Weis. In 2008, Brown shifted his positional responsibilities to defensive backs. He was named Associate Head Coach in 2009 while serving as co-defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach. Weis was fired by Notre Dame after the season and Brown did not return to the team.

New England PatriotsEdit

Following his tenure at Notre Dame, Bill Belichick hired Brown as a defensive backs coach in January 2010 to help incumbent defensive backs coach Josh Boyer with safeties.[3] Brown was not retained after one season.

Personal lifeEdit

On August 12, 2011, a SWAT team descended on Brown's home in the South Bend, Indiana suburb of Granger. Authorities heard shots fired inside the house. The original 911 call involved a domestic disturbance issue. He was hospitalized with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.[4][5]


  1. ^ "1991 Football Team". University of Michigan. Retrieved 2010-02-22.
  2. ^ "1992 Football Team". The University of Michigan. Retrieved 2010-02-22.
  3. ^ Gasper, Christopher (4 January 2011). "Coaching decisions have paid off for Patriots". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 13 January 2011.
  4. ^ "Police standoff at home of former Notre Dame coach". Retrieved 2011-08-15.
  5. ^ "Aaron Rodgers, Colt McCoy, Ryan Mallett among quarterbacks who impressed in NFL preseason games - Peter King -". 15 August 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-15.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Rick Minter
Notre Dame Fighting Irish Defensive coordinator
Succeeded by
Jon Tenuta