Greg Schiano to replace Brian Flores as Patriots’ defensive coordinator?
The New England Patriots may have yet another big hole to fill on their coaching staff this offseason, and Greg Schiano is once again being viewed as a top candidate to fill it.
Numerous reports have indicated that Patriots defensive coordinator Brian Flores is expected to be named the head coach of the Miami Dolphins as soon as New England’s season ends. With that in mind, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network noted on Sunday that we should not be surprised if Schiano ends up joining Bill Belichick’s staff.
From @gmfb Weekend: The #Patriots will lose defensive play-caller Brian Flores to the #Dolphins when their season is done, while Greg Schiano looms as a possible replacement. pic.twitter.com/ID08GV6OhY
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 13, 2019
ESPN’s Mike Reiss had the same idea, and he noted that Belichick and Schiano have maintained a strong relationship. Belichick drafted numerous players from Rutgers when Schiano was the head coach there from 2001-2011.
Schiano was reportedly offered a spot on Belichick’s staff a year ago when Matt Patricia left to become the head coach of the Detroit Lions, but he ultimately decided to remain at Ohio State. Now that he has left the Buckeyes to pursue NFL opportunities, he just might wind up in New England.