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Devin McCourty says Greg Schiano’s tougher than Bill Belichick

Greg Schiano, Bill Belichick

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano, left, and New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick shake hands in the center of the field following the Buccaneers’ 30-28 win over the Patriots at an NFL preseason football game Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)


There are many definitions of toughness.

But in the mind of Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty, his college coach Greg Schiano is tougher than current coach Bill Belichick.

During an appearance on “NESN Live,” McCourty said the former Buccaneers boss was harder to work for.

“Toughest coach I’ve ever played for,” McCourty said, via Zuri Berry of “I don’t know, maybe I should say Bill because then he might feel better and think he’s tougher on us. I might get in trouble but I’m gonna go with coach Schiano.

"[Schiano’s] more of a yeller and a screamer. He’ll get right in your face. Bill’s more sarcastic. Both can be pretty brutal, but I’m gonna go with coach Schiano.”

Maybe McCourty meant “tough to stomach” or “tough on the ears.”

Because it’s hard to imagine given their respective levels of success that Schiano would grade out higher than Belichick on any scale.