Jim McBride of the Boston Globe reports that the Patriots are officially hiring Greg Schiano as their new defensive coordinator.
Recent reports made it clear that Schiano was the guy to watch to replace Brian Flores in New England, so this move doesn’t come as a big surprise.
One report did, however, say that Brett Bielema had been telling people that he was likely to take over for Flores.
Schiano, 52, began his college coaching career back in 1989 as a graduate assistant for Rutgers. Since then, Schiano worked at Penn State, Miami and for the Chicago Bears before he was hired as the Buccaneers head coach in 2012.
Schiano lasted two seasons in Tampa Bay before he was fired by the Buccaneers. After a few years out of college, Schiano was hired to run Ohio State’s defense.
Last year, Schiano actually agreed to a deal to become the next head coach at Tennessee before the school backed out of the deal, due to backlash they received from the move.
During his two seasons as the Buccaneers head coach, Schiano posted a record of 11-21 (34.4 percent).