Former Ohio State defensive coordinator and associate head coach Greg Schiano is set to make his return to the NFL with the newly-minted Super Bowl champions.
According to Jim McBride of the Boston Globe, Schiano is set to take over as defensive coordinator for the New England Patriots.
While the Patriots did not have a designated defensive coordinator last season, the defensive play calling duties were held by linebackers coach Brian Flores, who left the team on Monday to take over as head coach of the Miami Dolphins.
Schiano will presumably take over the defensive play calling duties in his new role with the team.
— Jim McBride (@globejimmcbride) February 6, 2019
Schiano came to prominence as head coach of Rutgers in the 2000s, turning the Scarlet Knights from a doormat into a successful program and securing their highest-ever post-season ranking in 2006.
In 2012, Schiano left Rutgers to take over as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, he struggled mightily in the new role and the team went 11-21 in two years with him at the helm.
After two years of coaching high school, Schiano was recruited by Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer in 2016.
When Meyer retired at the end of the 2018 season, Schiano was not retained by incoming head coach Ryan Day.