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Thursday, January 26, 2012
Belichick a big believer in Schiano

By Pat Yasinskas

As we continue to find out more about Greg Schiano, who reportedly has finalized a deal to coach the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the scouting reports continue to be impressive.

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Check out these weighty words from a man in a hooded sweatshirt up in New England. That’s Patriots coach Bill Belichick, a close friend of Schiano’s.

“Obviously, he’s done a great job at Rutgers," Belichick said. "And I think he’s a tremendous coach, he's done a great job with that program, and his players have been very pro ready, guys that come out of that program, when they get to the NFL, most of them make it.

"They may not be first-round picks or whatever, but they have enough talent to really compete in the NFL and most of them end up staying in one way or another. I think that’s a credit to the preparation and the program he has built there."

Although Belichick has a reputation for being secretive and probably isn’t going to go far out of his way to help other teams, I can see him at least giving some general start-up advice to a friend who will be making his debut as an NFL head coach.