Former Buccaneers coach and most recently former Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano is looking to get back on a sideline for 2019. And it looks like, a landing spot that had been speculated for him previously, is about to be open, again.
This with a report Wednesday morning, that Schiano is at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, interviewing for possible job opportunities in the NFL.
Specifically, this report by NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport says he could be joining the New England Patriots shortly:
Ex-#Bucs coach & #OSU DC Greg Schiano is here in Mobile to explore his NFL opportunities. Nothing is done, but the spot that appears likely is the #Patriots in a top defensive role, sources tell @JamesPalmerTV and me. With Brian Flores taking the #Dolphins job, Schiano slides in.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 23, 2019
The timing is the exact same as 12 months ago, when the Patriots were in the Super Bowl getting ready to play the Eagles and it was widely known that their defensive coordinator Matt Patricia was taking the Detroit Lions job. Thus, creating an opening that Schiano was under consideration for at the time.
As it turns out, coach Bill Belichick decided to use Brian Flores, as his defensive play caller without designating him as “defensive coordinator” for 2018.
Schiano had suffered the humiliation of a very public outcry from in Knoxville,Tennessee, that the Volunteers not hire him from Ohio State, as their new head coach a month earlier in December of 2017.
Schiano stayed put at Ohio State and they once again, enjoyed a Big Ten Championship and a Rose Bowl win. However, when coach Urban Meyer retired, new coach Ryan Day dismissed Schiano for his own defensive coordinator choice making him available.
Schiano’s previous NFL coaching experience in Tampa Bay was a disaster in the win-loss column and in some other ways. After some initial success, the 2012, the Bucs lost five of their last six games at the end of that season. Then started a dismal 0-8 with Schiano running off established young quarterback Josh Freeman, who was released a month into the year. Tampa Bay never recovered finishing 4 – 12 and Schiano was fired with an 11 – 21 record.
Schiano’s Buccaneers were famously blasted nationally for him ordering his defense to “rush the kneel down formation” early in the 2012 season at the end of losses to the Giants and then the Cowboys.
Unable to secure a head coaching job in 2014-15, Schiano ended up joining Ohio State, as the defensive coordinator in 2016. It’s a role that he similarly held for Butch Davis with the Miami Hurricanes in the early 2000s.
Back to Belichick in New England: he has always been fond of Schiano, including when one of his sons played for and then, was a graduate assistant with Schiano while he coached Rutgers.
The Buccaneers and Patriots also held joint practices together during Schiano’s two pre-seasons of 2012 – 13.
Flores is expected to become the new head coach of the Dolphins after the Superbowl and it remains to be seen if Schiano will essentially be the defensive coordinator or have some other role.
Or, like the Tennessee college job, might it become muddled, too?
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