Now this is something you don’t see everyday. New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano are among the most well-known “best buddies” among NFL head coaches, and the fact that the Patriots love adding Rutgers Scarlet Knights players might have something to do with the Belichick-Schiano connection. According to Don Banks of Sports Illustrated, Schiano and six members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers coaching staff will travel to Foxboro and learn from the best.
These coaches will meet with Bill Belichick and the Patriots to go over coaching stuff, techniques, bounce of ideas, and generally do what coaches do when they talk (whatever that is). Anyway, this is extremely interesting not only because this stuff rarely happens, but also because the Patriots and Buccaneers will be squaring off in Week 3 this season. And, once again, the Patriots and Bucs will be playing each other in the preseason (Week 2), but that’s not a big deal since it’s just the preseason.
It will be interesting to see what Belichick learns from Schiano and his guys, but this is likely something that benefits the Buccaneers more. Why? Well, first off, they are the ones coming to Foxboro with a host of their guys. But they most likely won’t be talking to just Bill Belichick, as I have a feeling they’ll be speaking with other Patriots coaches like Ivan Fears.
This isn’t new for the Patriots, though, because they have done some of these meetings in the past. Another interesting tidbit from Banks’s even more awesome piece is this, “Though a Bucs official declined to comment on Schiano’s and part of his staff’s visit to New England, a league source characterized the session as one in which Schiano and his coaches would learn from Belichick and his staff some scheduling details. The two parties will discuss how the Patriots set up their calendar, how to best approach and organize the preseason, deal with the bye-week schedule and organize various practice schedules. In other words, they’re talking about the logistical issues of running a team, rather than any in depth discussion of X’s and O’s.”
Alright guys, what do you think about this visit that will have Schiano and the Bucs learning from the Pats? Any thoughts from you guys, because I certainly want to hear them in the comments section.
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