Leaning On Bill BelicheatApril 2nd, 2012
When the Bucs hired Greg Schiano to replaced jettisoned Raheem Morris, a lot was made about Schiano’s relationship with Bill Belicheat. In fact, word was that Belicheat strongly lobbied Team Glazer and Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik to hire Schiano.
How close are the two? It seems that at the NFL owners meetings last week in Palm Beach, Schiano was spotted often with Belicheat as Schiano is trying to pick up any nugget of information he can from the three-time Super Bowl coach, so reports popcorn-munching, coffee-slurping, fried chicken-eating, oatmeal-loving, beer-chugging Peter King, the NBC Sports guru and Sports Illustrated scribe.
To start each work week, Joe inhales King’s must-read Monday Morning Quarterback column. Today, King puts forth the belief that Schiano is so close to Belicheat, that it’s not out of the realm of possibility that Schiano could someday replace Belicheat as the Patriots coach when Belicheat decides to retire.
Mentor and mentee were together a lot in Palm Beach. “He knows every player in the National Football League,” said Schiano, the new Tampa Bay coach. “When you’re a young coach you go to clinics with a pad full of notes. As you get on in coaching, you know who you are and what you believe in, so maybe you’ll go someplace and come away with a note or two. He’s the one guy still when I sit with him, I still have two pages of notes. That shows you how bright he is. He’s treated me very well.”
I wondered the other day, when Belichick retires, is Schiano the kind of guy he’d recommend to be his successor as Patriots coach. You never know what the future could bring.
Well, for now, Schiano is the Bucs coach. And today, he actually for the first time gets to coach and meet all his players. Schiano will be in meetings this morning with Buccaneers and on the practice fields of One Buc Palace.