The Patriots will have a new leader of their defense in 2019 -- former Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano.
Schiano and Bill Belichick have a good relationship that goes back years, while a few members of the unit played for him when he was the coach at Rutgers. The move isn't official, but it's been reported by multiple outlets and Schiano was in Indy with members of the Patriots brass last week.
Numbers wise, Ohio State wasn't the greatest defensive team this past season. It finished 72nd overall, and 46th in points allowed, but his former players feel the Patriots are getting a good coach.
“He’s aggressive. He’s a great guy," defensive end Nick Bosa, who will be one of the first selections over the draft, said over the weekend at the NFL combine. "He’s a really smart coach schematically. He’s definitely intense, that’s for sure.”
Bosa added: “He’s just super intense. Walkthroughs for days. You don’t have much time to relax with him. But he’s really smart and really good.”
Linebacker Dre’Mont Jones also played for Schiano, and echoed what Bosa said.
“I appreciate having coach Schiano because he’s an extremely smart coach, he knows what he’s doing, he knows the ins and outs of all the positions,” he said. “He can break down every single position in their job without hesitation.”
Schiano likely will replace Brian Flores as the Patriots' play-caller following Flores going to Miami immediately following the Super Bowl.
The former Ohio State defensive coordinator was spotted with Belichick a few times over the course of the week in Indy, including Saturday in the Patriots' box over-looking the action at Lucas Oil Stadium.