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Report- Patriots will hire former Bucs coach Schiano as defensive coordinator

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The world champion Patriots are still celebrating their Super Bowl 53 win, while at the same time, planning for their future with an important coaching hire. After losing defensive play-caller Brian Flores to the Dolphins as their new head coach this week, New England is apparently on the verge of hiring former Buccaneers coach and Ohio State assistant Greg Schiano to replace him.

The Boston Globe’s Jim McBride reported on their website Wednesday morning that a source confirmed to him that Schiano will be announced as the new Patriots defensive coordinator “imminently:”

We wrote previously around the Senior Bowl in January that Schiano had reportedly been there and attempting to hook on with the Patriots after being dismissed by new Ohio State full-time coach Ryan Day. Schiano had been the defensive coordinator and assistant head coach for the Buckeyes the last three seasons. However, when Day was elevated from offensive coordinator to full-time head coach last December, he decided not to keep Schiano.

Schiano had also 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 back in December of 2017. This surrounded Schiano having been a coach at Penn State with the Joe Paterno/Jerry Sandusky child molestation controversy was ongoing. And also, Schiano’s spotty record as Rutgers head coach where he was only 68-67, never wining a conference title or having a major bowl game appearance.

Schiano’s 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 in 2016. It’s a role that he similarly held for Butch Davis with the Miami Hurricanes in the early 2000s.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick has always been fond of Schiano, including when his son Steven played for and then, was a graduate assistant with Schiano, while he coached Rutgers. Steven is now the safeties coach for the Pats.

The Buccaneers and Patriots also held joint practices together during Schiano’s two pre-seasons of 2012 – 13.

This will be the third defensive coordinator in three years for New England, as Lions coach Matt Patricia left New England after last season to take that job.

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