Despite not playing each other in the regular season since 2009, the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are very familiar foes. That’s due in part to the relationship between head coaches Bill Belichick and Greg Schiano, who have grown close since Belichick’s son Stephen, now a Patriots assistant coach, was at Rutgers, where Schiano previously served as the head coach.
Passing along some other connections between the two organizations, highlighted by former Patriots who are now members of the Bucs:
Running back Jeff Demps. It was just this past offseason that the Patriots traded Demps to Tampa Bay in a draft-day exchange that also sent LeGarrette Blount to New England. Demps is not currently on the Bucs' active roster, as they have an exemption for his spot that expires Monday as he continues his track endeavors.
Defensive end Trevor Scott. A key reserve for the Patriots last season, Scott found work with Tampa Bay late in training camp and has stuck around. He has played 31 snaps in two games thus far, logging two tackles.
Center Ted Larsen. A 2010 sixth-round pick of the Patriots, Larsen has settled in with the Bucs after being claimed by them in September 2010. He has played in 46 career games with 27 starts.
Pass-rush specialist Bryan Cox. The former Patriots linebacker has found a post-playing-career niche in coaching. He’s currently in his second season working with the Bucs' front seven.
Defensive-line coach Randy Melvin. Melvin was a member of the Patriots coaching staff in 2000-2001, serving as a defensive-line coach. He had two stints at Rutgers under Schiano and reunited with his former boss in Tampa Bay.
Offensive assistant Ben McDaniels. The younger brother of Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Ben is in his first season with the Buccaneers and assisting on the offensive side of the ball. The elder McDaniels told reporters Tuesday that this is the first time the two have coached against each other in regular-season action.