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Why Greg Schiano Says He's Leaving The New England Patriots

greg schiano announces he's leaving the patriots

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 01: Head coach Greg Schiano of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers watches on before their game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on December 1, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Greg Schiano left the Ohio State football program for a job with the New England Patriots heading into the 2019 season, though it appears he's had a change of heart.

The former Rutgers and NFL head coach announced this afternoon that he's leaving the Patriots.

Schiano, 52, did not go into specific detail regarding his decision to leave the Super Bowl-winning franchise, though he did give some insight into the move.

The former Ohio State defensive coordinator said he realized he needs to spend more time on his faith and with his family.

"I have informed Mr. Kraft and Coach Belichick that I am stepping down from my position at the Patriots. This is not the result of any one event, but rather a realization that I need to spend more time on my faith and family. I don’t want to look back years from now and wish I had done things differently. Therefore, I am taking time away from the game to recalibrate my priorities," he announced.

The addition of Schiano was expected to be a big one for the Patriots, who have dealt with a couple of coaching moves this offseason.

Bill Belichick supports his decision, though.

"I respect Coach Schiano greatly and appreciate his contributions to our staff and team. He is a friend who we support completely," he said.