Greg Schiano’s run with the New England Patriots is over before the team officially acknowledged it had begun.
Schiano, whom multiple reports indicated would be the Patriots’ next defensive coordinator but was never publicly announced by the team as having been hired for the position, announced Thursday he would be resigning from the organization.
“I have informed Mr. (Robert) Kraft and Coach (Bill) Belichick that I am stepping down from my position at the Patriots,” Schiano said in a statement. “This is not the result of any one event, but rather a realization that I need to spend more time on my faith and family. I don’t want to look back years from now and wish I had done things differently. Therefore, I am taking time away from the game to recalibrate my priorities.”
In February, multiple reports indicated that Schiano would replace Brian Flores, New England’s top defensive assistant who accepted the Miami Dolphins’ head coaching job.
“I respect Coach Schiano greatly and appreciate his contributions to our staff and team,” Belichick said in a statement. “He is a friend who we support completely.”
Schiano spent the previous three seasons as Ohio State’s defensive coordinator and assistant head coach. In November 2017, he agreed to a deal to become Tennessee’s next head coach before the pact fell apart amid significant backlash.
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He also previously served as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Rutgers.
The Patriots did not immediately announce a replacement for Schiano.
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