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“Big on discipline, big on doing things the right way so it seems as though he’ll fit right into the New England mold.”

That's what Jason McCourty had to say about Greg Schiano's coaching style when Tom E. Curran asked about the Patriots' potential-but-now-gone-before-he-even-started defensive coordinator.

So much for fitting into the New England mold, though Schiano has fit perfectly into the theme of a coaching exodus from Foxboro this offseason.

Defensive play-caller Brian Flores? Gone to Miami, where he's the new Dolphins head coach.

Cornerbacks coach Josh Boyer? Also in Miami.

Wide receivers coach Chad O'Shea and assistant quarterbacks coach Jerry Schuplinski? You guessed it. Miami.

Defensive line coach Brendan Daly? He's now with the Chiefs.

Even character coach Jack Easterby is no longer with the team.

And now you can add Schiano to the list, with the veteran college and NFL coach announcing his departure from the Patriots late Thursday afternoon, before his hiring or position had even been formally announced.

When Tom E. Curran caught up with the McCourty twins in Puerto Rico last month, he asked what it was like to play under Schiano at Rutgers, and how that could translate to New England.

“I remember when I got to New England after leaving Rutgers realizing that I was ready,” said Devin. “I was ready for the long meetings, the long days, understanding time management. He made us very pro ready.

 

“I don’t know how he’ll be with us as a coach in the NFL in New England,” Devin continued. “I’ve never experienced that. I had him in college and I knew him as a strict head coach who I had a ton of respect for. When I left, even though I probably hated some things, I realized when I got to New England (the preparation I got). I remember other guys saying, ‘Shoot, this is too hard.’ I was thinking, ‘This is easier than when I was at Rutgers.’

“I always had a lot of appreciation for him not caring how we felt as little 18- and 19-year-olds and instead preparing us and making us ready for the jump to the NFL on and off.”

Not every player was in the Schiano fan club, however.

"He's trying to be Belichick,” Michael Bennett complained in 2013. “Yeah, some people think Belichick's an (expletive), but he's a legend. When this guy acts that way, it's a whole different deal."

So Bennett won't have to play under Schiano in 2019, but who will be leading the defensive meetings next season? Expect a healthy dose of the head coach himself, as Bill Belichick's son Steve (safeties coach) is the only defensive coach listed on the team's website, while newly hired Jerod Mayo will be the team's linebackers coach. Bob Fraser, who served under Schiano in both the college and pro level, has also reportedly been added to the Patriots' staff.

Either way, the defending champs will have a much different look in the coaching ranks going forward.

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