Belichick offers high praise for Schiano

January, 26, 2012
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New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, in a news conference on Thursday, was asked about Greg Schiano -- the former Rutgers football coach, who took the same job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday.

Belichick has four players from Rutgers on his team this season, including starting cornerback Devin McCourty. Also, Belichick's son Stephen played for Schiano this past season as a backup long snapper.

"Greg obviously has done a great job at Rutgers," Belichick said. "I think he’s a tremendous coach and he’s done a great job with that program.

"His players have been very NFL-ready. Guys that come out of that program, when they get to the NFL, I’d say most of them make it. They may not be first-round picks or whatever but if they have enough talent to compete in the NFL, most of them end up staying in one way or another. I think that’s a credit to the preparation and the program that he’s built there."
Kieran Darcy is an ESPNNewYork.com staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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