Report: Greg Schiano could be joining Patriots staff
Former Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano could be returning to the NFL.
NFL.com’s Ian Rapaport reported that Schiano was in attendance at Senior Bowl practice in Mobile, Alabama to “explore his NFL opportunities.” While there is nothing in place, Rapaport reported that it’s likely that Schiano could wind up with the New England Patriots in a “top defensive role.”
Schiano doesn’t have a ton of NFL experience, but was the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2012-13, compiling an 11-21 record in two seasons. He was also a defensive assistant with the Chicago Bears from 1996-98.
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
Schiano was the defensive coordinator at Ohio State from 2016-18, serving under head coach Urban Meyer. But with Meyer announcing his retirement following the 2018 season and Ryan Day being named the new head coach, Schiano was not retained.
After a less-than-impressive season defensively for the Buckeyes, Day made some significant changes to the defensive coaching staff.
Schiano is best remembered for his impressive run at Rutgers, leading the program to new heights while serving as head coach from 2001-11. The Scarlet Knights compiled a 68-67 record under Schiano and appeared in six bowl games. In 2006, Rutgers finished 11-2 and ended the year ranked No. 12 nationally.
Rutgers won at least eight games in five of Schiano’s final six seasons in Piscataway.