Matt Patricia is set to leave Foxborough to become the head coach of the Detroit Lions, which could become official any minute now. Bill Belichick will need a new defensive coordinator, and he’s dipping into the college ranks to nab one.
According to, uh, me over at FootballScoop, Greg Schiano is set to leave Ohio State to become the Patriots defensive coordinator.
Bruce Feldman of Sports Illustrated has followed up saying the deal is not done.
Schiano has spent the past three seasons as Ohio State’s defensive coordinator, stepping in as a co-defensive coordinator in 2015 and then taking over the whole defensive coordinator duties when Chris Ash took the head job at Rutgers. The Buckeyes have finished sixth, third and fifth nationally in yards per play allowed under Schiano’s guidance.
Schiano famously attempted to leave Columbus once already this winter to take the head coaching job at Tennessee, but that didn’t quite work out.