Belichick Still There For SchianoJune 13th, 2012
Much was made when Greg Schiano was hired that the great Bill Belichick (often referred to here as Bill Belicheat) was a mentor to Schiano and had a hand in him getting the Bucs job.
Belichick’s son played for Schiano at Rutgers and the word was that Team Glazer consulted with Belichick — and got a glowing reference — before Schiano was hired. Then popcorn-munching, coffee-slurping, fried-chicken-eating, oatmeal-loving, circle-jerking, beer-chugging Peter King of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports fame wrote that Belichick and Schiano were seen together regularly at the NFL owners meetings this spring.
Well, it seems that Belichick is still advising the leader of the New Schiano Order. Schiano himself said as much today on the Evan & Phillips In The Morning show, part of Mad Dog Radio on SiriusXM.
Schiano was asked to talk about Belichick’s impact on him.
“[Belichick's] been a big help to me,” Schiano said. “Not only before I got here, helped me be a better coach at Rutgers, but then when I was considering the Bucs job and later on taking the job. He’s been a good guy to bounce ideas. Certainly we’re competitors now, there’s only 32 of us in this league, but you know wherever it doesn’t affect the competitive balance he’s been real helpful to me.”
Joe’s not going to get too excited about the Belichick-Schiano relationship, but it should be a huge positive to help Schiano get quickly through whatever learning curves he encounters.
Raheem Morris had his regular chats with Mike Tomlin, and while Raheem was hardly a model of success, the guidance Raheem got regularly from Tomlin and the Rays’ Joe Maddon likely helped him mature fast enough to field a 10-6 team that got a ton out of its rookies.