Report: Greg Schiano likely joining Patriots in top defensive role
Derick E. Hingle / Reuters

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano appears likely to return to the NFL with the New England Patriots in a top defensive role, sources told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Schiano is exploring his professional opportunities at the Senior Bowl, according to Rapoport. A close friend of Bill Belichick, Schiano would fill the void left by Brian Flores, who's reportedly set to become head coach of the Miami Dolphins.

The 52-year-old Schiano spent the last three seasons as Ohio State's defensive coordinator and left the Buckeyes in early January following Urban Meyer's retirement.

Schiano coached the Bucs for two seasons from 2012-13, finishing with an overall record of 11-21.

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