Patriots

Patriots

Did you really think Bill Belichick was going to take a full week off?

The New England Patriots head coach just won his sixth Super Bowl title in 18 years by defeating the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in Super Bowl LIII. But there's more work to be done: His de facto defensive coordinator, Brian Flores, is leaving to become the Miami Dolphins' head coach and reportedly taking two Patriots assistants with him.

Greg Schiano reportedly is the "likely" candidate to replace Flores, and the former Ohio State defensive coordinator could have a job lined up in the next few days, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport.

"The expectation is that Schiano and Belichick, close friends, are going to talk early this week to finalize things and figure out which direction they're going," Rapoport said Monday on NFL Network.

Belichick's son, Stephen, played under Schiano while he was the head coach at Rutgers, and the two coaches have remained close since then.

 

Rapoport noted it's unclear whether Schiano would receive the official "defensive coordinator" title, as the Patriots operated without one this season. (Flores technically was the team's linebackers coach.)

But it sounds like the 52-year-old Schiano, whose last NFL stint came as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2012 to 2013, has a spot on New England's coaching staff locked up. Sorry, Brett Bielema.

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