In the wake of the surprise resignation of New England Patriots defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, everyone wants to know what led up to it. But if you thought Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was going to provide the answers, you clearly don’t know the man very well.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Belichick shrugged off the question of Schiano’s departure. He made it clear that he had no intentions of answering any questions on the matter and redirected questioning to the draft.
“We’re not talking about an unprecedented event here,” Belichick said, per Albert Breer.
Schiano was hired as defensive coordinator in February, following the departure of Brian Flores. He unexpectedly submitted his resignation on March 28.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick asked about losing DC Greg Schiano at this late juncture: "We're not talking about an unprecedented event here." Asked more directly about Schiano, Belichick says he wants to "stick to the draft."
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) April 10, 2019
There have been no substantial reports or rumors as to who might replace Schiano, and there might not even be one.
Bill Belichick has always had a strong hand in how the defense was run on his team and could very well simply take some of the extra duties himself while relegating playcalling to a lower-level assistant.
The Patriots have finished outside of the top 10 in points allowed in a season only four times in Belichick’s 19 years at the helm, and only eight times in his 33-year career as a head coach and assistant.
With or without Schiano, the Patriots defense will continue to thrive.