The Patriots have replaced former defensive play caller and current Dolphins head coach Brian Flores with former Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano. Schiano, who is 52 years old, began his college coaching career with Rutgers as a graduate assistant in 1989. Schiano moved to Pennsylvania State University in 1990, staying there through 1995 as a defensive backfield coach. He then took a job with the Chicago Bears as an assistant, followed by a position as a defensive coordinator for Miami, leading them to the fifth lowest scoring defense in points per game.
The success at Miami led Rutgers University to hire Schiano as their head coach, a role for which he is probably best known. Current New England Patriots defensive backs Jason McCourty, Devin McCourty, and Duron Harmon all played under Schiano at Rutgers. Schiano left Rutgers to accept the head coaching role for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he spent two largely unsuccessful seasons, getting fired in 2013.
Schiano finally pushed his way back into the upper ranks of football competition after coaching prep football, taking the defensive coordinator position under Urban Meyer at Ohio State. Schiano was reported to be going to the University of Tennessee to accept the head coaching role there, but due to pushback from alumni and the online community, he was not hired.
The hiring of Schiano does come with some red flags. Schiano was reported to have knowledge of the child sex abuse scandal at Penn State. However, Ohio State and Penn State both denied reports of his knowledge, confirming his character.
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