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Report: Greg Schiano likely to join Patriots staff

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v New Orleans Saints

NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 29: Head coach Greg Schiano of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers watches action during a game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 29, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

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The Patriots are set to lose linebackers coach and de facto defensive coordinator Brian Flores to the Dolphins after the Super Bowl and that will make two years in a row that the team’s top defensive assistant has moved on for a head coaching job.

Per a report from the Senior Bowl, former NFL head coach Greg Schiano is a likely addition to the top of the defensive staff for the 2019 season. Schiano is in Mobile to talk to teams and NFL Media reports that “the spot that appears likely” is on Bill Belichick’s staff in New England.

The report cautions that nothing is done and it is the second year in a row that Schiano’s name has come up in conjunction with the Patriots, but a big difference this time is that Schiano left Ohio State specifically to pursue a return to the NFL.

While Schiano has never worked with Belichick, the Patriots coach has endorsed Schiano as a coach on more than one occasion since his son and current Patriots assistant Steve played for Schiano at Rutgers.