Report: Greg Schiano will be named Patriots defensive coordinator

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The Patriots never gave Brian Flores the title of defensive coordinator, but he took over the responsibilities from Matt Patricia in 2018 and wound up as a one-year solution as the Dolphins hired him as their head coach this week.

Even before Flores officially signed his contract, there was word that former Rutgers and Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano was a likely addition to the Patriots staff and possibly the team’s next defensive coordinator. It appears that’s how things are playing out.

Jim McBride of the Boston Globe reports that the team will “imminently” hire Schiano to take over the top job on the defensive staff. Schiano was most recently the defensive coordinator at Ohio State and has long been the subject of complimentary comments from Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.

That affection extended to the Patriots acquiring several players that Schiano coached at Rutgers. Safety Devin McCourty, cornerback Jason McCourty and safety Duron Harmon all played for Schiano in college and were playing big roles in Super Bowl LIII, so Schiano will have some familiar faces on hand once a deal in New England is official.

59 responses to “Report: Greg Schiano will be named Patriots defensive coordinator

  1. Wonderful New England doesn’t miss a beat regardless who leaves. Baffling the 31 other franchises can’t replicate consistency like the goats!!

  2. Cant wait to see the Pats taking penalties when he tries the Bull Rush on kneel downs….what a defensive genius…

  3. Remember the recent story that Patriots consultant Bret Bielema “has been telling people that he is going to become the Patriots’ defensive coordinator.”

    Yeah, the fastest way to not get promoted by the Hoodie is to talk outside of school and brag that you are in line for a promotion.

  4. Nice hire the day after celebrating the victory #6

    Isn’t it telling…. that the Patriots are working 2 days after winning their 6th super bowl title?

    It shows you the focus, professionalism and the fact they acknowledge that they have to start working right away because all the losing teams have had the last +20 days or so head starts on them…. Yet we still keep on winning..

    Bring on the hate … why Because we are still here… the hunt for #7 has begun…. be afraid NFL… be really afraid….they are not going away.

  5. Any talented assistant coach will take a job with New England over any team for two reasons: 1. you stand the best chance of winning a Super Bowl and 2. you stand the best chance of getting an offer somewhere else to become a head coach. I am not a Patriots fan but those propositions are indisputable.

  6. The Patriots never gave Brian Flores the title of defensive coordinator…
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    Groan. This was no disrespect to Flores! It was EXACTLY like McDaniels and Patricia before him, as all three were made “acting” for their first year when promoted up directly from within the org. Whereas others who have had such a position before elsewhere (or since leaving and coming back) like Crennel etc, had experience and so given the full title straight away.

  7. Schiano has some big shoes to fill…. Flores did an AWESOME job as the season went on…. I was sad to see him go, but happy for as an individual….. stinks he went to a rival as well…… be interesting to see how patient Miami can be in a WIN NOW MENTALITY of the owners & GM’s…… my guess is Miami is probably 3 years away from being a true threat, they have no QB……
    GO PATS!!!!

  8. exinsidetrader says:
    February 6, 2019 at 10:30 am
    Pity the knees of the first team that tries the “Victory Formation
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    Luckily, the Pats only see their opponent in a Victory Formation once in a blood wolf moon.

  9. As Buckeyes Nation I thought he was a good coach. The problem with the D last season I felt was more on Billy Davis than Schiano.

    Although I preferred more Cover 4 press coverage than Man-Free. Cover 4 Press is Buckeye Football and Big Ten Football, but Schiano still did a good job though. Good luck and best wishes to coach.

  10. …..please Bill. Can you please let us Patriots bask I a little glory before The Greatest Franchise In Sporting History commences The Seven Ring Saga?

  11. bagbolt says:
    February 6, 2019 at 11:15 am
    Lets be honest, BB is the Defensive Coordinator, so it really doesn’t matter who has that role officially.

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    Right, he delegates and let’s the people do their jobs. Won’t be any different here.

  12. I remember when he was demanding that the Bucs’ players become “Buccaneer Men”. Treating talent like children was not a good schtick for motivating professional athletes.

    Still probably a good hire for the Pats. Good DC going back to his days at Miami and did an amazing job of pulling Rutgers out of the gutter. Just not a good NFL HC.

  13. coltzfan166 says:

    Which of course now means he will be a HC in 2020
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    Yes, and be fired by 2023.

  14. Will be interesting to see the dynamic that plays out between him and BB. I can’t recall a time when he hired someone with as much experience/ pedigree. Who were Patricia and Flores before they were given the job? I have to guess they were happy to do as Bill wanted. Will Schiano do the same, or will he push back more if he doesn’t agree with Bill? Either way they seem to have enough of a bromance that it should all work out.

  15. Somewhat bucks the trend of promoting from within the organization but it’s not like he’s a total stranger either. I guess Bill’s kid isn’t ready to lead the D yet.

  16. Needless to say, Brady and Belichick are the common denominators with this organization’s success. Belichick is lucky Robert Kraft lets him run it the way he wants to. You’re far better off having Kraft as your owner than Jerry Jones or Al Davis. This should be a very interesting draft coming up here soon. Schiano is in good hands.

  17. Not taking anything away from the Pats, what they have done is truly once in a lifetime. However, their job was certainly made easier that for most of the past 20 years the AFC East has been a JOKE. I am a Miami fan and shake my head at how putrid that division is. I do, however, think the Pats would be enjoying the same success they are having even if the division was better, but boy someone actually stepping up and challenging the Pats in the division would sure be refreshing. Pats have won 16 of past 18 AFC East titles, and in 2008 they lost Brady for the season but still wound up tying Miami but losing on a tiebreaker.I guess it’s no coincidence that Jets, Dolphins and Bills are pretty much a running gag as organizations go..

  18. “I wanted Steve Belichick, He’s been groomed by the master for years.”

    Nowhere near ready yet. He’s only been coaching 5 years and its going to be a few more till he’s ready to be DC

  19. I know I am in the minority around here (Tampa Bay area), however I like Greg Schiano. He got a bad rap here, however I still think he’s a good coach. I also think that the University of Tennessee fans derailing his HC opportunity there was a huge mistake for them. They deserve what they ended up with. The fact that the Pats hired him makes me believe that I have been right about him. Glad for Schiano.

  20. This is a great sign by BB . already having the peices in place for schiano is gonna be smooth Jason Devin and harmon being familiar should makes this easy for shiano I see BB going Pass rush in the draft or Wr or O line in the draft they already have great dbs with Gilmore knowing the defense and jason and Devin and Harmon no lack of commuication so i dont see this defense missing a beat.

  21. Chung is also familiar with the defense as well so this might be BBs best defensive gameplan since the 01 02 03 seasons. This BB trying to repeat more then ever to close out bradys career

  22. As a Bucs fan, I have to say, I liked him. The truth is, he wasn’t the media darling like Raheem Moris was, and the media hated him. I believe he was on the way to building a strong foundation but was run off before he got the chance. He was very dry when it came to media interviews and very blunt. Many other nfl people liked him and thought it was a bad move to dump him. I’m surprised it took this long to get back in the nfl. He will do Just fine. Good luck.

  23. Bill will keep him in line and Schiano won’t feel the pressure or need to be so hard nosed on the players. Like it or not the DC needs to have a good rapport with the defensive corps in order to get them to reach their maximum potential. Whether Schiano can earn a nickname like “Matty P” or “Flo” remains to be seen, but I am certain that Bill will reign him in if the natives get too restless.

  24. RogerThat! says:
    February 6, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    I wanted Steve Belichick, He’s been groomed by the master for years.
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    It will be good to see if “genius” can be taught since his father would likely tell him all his coaching secrets without holding back. Maybe the Bills will hire him in the future to give them a chance at greatness by osmosis.

  25. idk, as a buckeye alum/fan our defense was pretty mediocre. I don’t know if that’s a reflection of him or not. I liked having him on the staff though. Everything you read about him was very positive. OSU also sent a lot of defensive talent to the NFL though. I don’t know if that means he coaches well and our game planning wasn’t good or what. But if i were a pats fan, and i’m a pats admirer, i think it’s a solid move.

    i sort of said nothing.

  26. Being a DC (or OC) and a HC are different skill sets. Wade Phillips and Norv Turner come to mind, but there are many others. Just because you were not a particularly successful HC says little about whether you can actually coach or not.

    I find it interesting in professional sports that former HCs who didn’t do particularly well, often find themselves as assistants elsewhere — sometimes even at the college level. You have to be able to leave your ego in your back pocket to go from the main guy to an assistant, but clearly many are able to do it.

    Insofar as Belichick assistants being hired away — that’s true. It’s also true that as a rule they haven’t been particularly effective when they were away from the Patriots. The “Belichick coaching tree” is not as impressive as many others — but when these guys are assistants for Belichick, they really perform well.

    I wish Flores good luck in Miami, but based on the history of BB assistants being promoted elsewhere, I’m not very optimistic that he will last long there.

  27. fishfan77 says:
    February 6, 2019 at 2:04 pm
    Not taking anything away from the Pats, what they have done is truly once in a lifetime. However, their job was certainly made easier that for most of the past 20 years the AFC East has been a JOKE. I am a Miami fan and shake my head at how putrid that division is. I do, however, think the Pats would be enjoying the same success they are having even if the division was better, but boy someone actually stepping up and challenging the Pats in the division would sure be refreshing. Pats have won 16 of past 18 AFC East titles, and in 2008 they lost Brady for the season but still wound up tying Miami but losing on a tiebreaker.I guess it’s no coincidence that Jets, Dolphins and Bills are pretty much a running gag as organizations go..

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    Yeah, all those AFC East teams they had to beat in the playoffs. And every time I see them getting gifted an AFC East opponent in the Super Bowl it just kills me how they get all the breaks.

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