After winning Super Bowl LIII, the New England Patriots are already back to work at putting together their coaching staff for next season.
After de-facto defensive coordinator Brian Flores left New England earlier this week to become head coach of the Miami Dolphins, the Super Bowl champions began looking for someone to replace him.
They seem to have found their man in Greg Schiano.
Schiano, who is now in his 30th year of coaching, will leave Ohio State University, where he served as the Buckeyes’ defensive coordinator.
The 52-year-old Schiano has served in multiple roles during his long coaching career. His most notable stints were as Rutgers University, where he was head coach from 2001 to 2011, and as the head coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012 and 2013.
Tampa Bay fired him after two consecutive losing seasons and an 11-21 overall record.
Schiano has been known as a polarizing figure due to his alleged knowledge of the Jerry Sandusky abuse case and also due to his hard-nosed style.
Bill Belichick reportedly has a similar style and a similar outlook to Schiano’s, however, which seems to indicate that his transition back to the NFL will be smooth.
Contract details were not immediately available.