Bret Bielema has interesting new title with New England Patriots
It’s been 12 years since Bret Bielema didn’t own the title “head coach.” It started when he took over at Wisconsin in 2006 and lasted until he coached in his final game at Arkansas in 2017.
While some expected Bielema to land on his feet relatively quickly at the college level, the former leader of the Badgers and the Razorbacks has taken on a role in the NFL with the New England Patriots. His official title was recently announced.
According to Mike Reiss, an ESPN NFL reporter, Bielema’s title with the Patriots is “consultant to the head coach,” a title I’m not sure many people even knew existed at that level.
Former Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema’s official title with the Patriots in 2018 is “consultant to the head coach”.
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) July 24, 2018
At least it still has the words “head coach” in there, right?
After catching wind of the newest title, many jumped to Twitter to make jokes in reference to the former hit show The Office and character Dwight Schrute, who was referred to as the Assistant to the Regional Manager.
SB Nation even did some pretty good work with Photoshop:
Bret Bielema has been named "consultant to the head coach" under Bill Belichick, which means he’s basically Dwight Schrute now https://t.co/juXCTgdl8G
— Morgan Moriarty (@Morgan_Moriarty) July 24, 2018
Bielema tallied a 97-58 record in 12 seasons as a head coach in the college game and took his teams to 10 bowl games during that stretch.
His best seasons came at Wisconsin, where he coached the Badgers to double-digit win seasons in four years and guided them to three consecutive B1G titles and Rose Bowl appearances from 2010-2012.
Bielema was never able to get on track at Arkansas, never winning more than eight games in a single season. He was fired while walking off the field in the Razorbacks’ season finale in 2017.