Patriots defensive coordinator Greg Schiano has announced that he is stepping down.
Here’s the statement Schiano shared via a Patriots release:
“I have informed Mr. Kraft and Coach Belichick that I am stepping down from my position at the Patriots. This is not the result of any one event, but rather a realization that I need to spend more time on my faith and family. I don’t want to look back years from now and wish I had done things differently. Therefore, I am taking time away from the game to recalibrate my priorities.”
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick shared the following on Schiano’s decision:
“I respect Coach Schiano greatly and appreciate his contributions to our staff and team. He is a friend who we support completely.”
Schiano, who had been on Urban Meyer’s staff at Ohio State since 2016 as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator, had been rumored to be a candidate for Belichick’s defensive coordinator spot weeks before the official announcement. Schiano was officially named to the post back on February 6th.
The position officially opened following Brian Flores departure for the Dolphins head coaching job.
Back in January there was a report circulating that former Arkansas head coach turned Patriots staffer Bret Bielema was going around saying he was expected to become the next defensive coordinator. Then there’s also this…
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