Greg Schiano thinks Stephen Belichick will coach some day ‘if he wants to’
|09.19.13 at 1:41 pm ET|
FOXBORO — It’s no secret that Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano has a close professional relationship with Bill Belichick. And with any close bond, there is a sense of trust between two sides.
That trust factor was underscored in 2011, when Belichick’s son, Stephen, walked onto Schiano’s Rutgers team as a long snapper after playing four seasons of lacrosse for the Scarlet Knights.
“I’ve known Coach’¦I don’t know how many years it has been,” Schiano said. “His son, obviously Stephen who is coaching up there now, played for us at Rutgers. When he was playing lacrosse before he played football, I got to know Coach when he would come down to work out our players. He has been very good to me, and I think our passion for the game of football led to us hitting it off.”
After a learning experience at Rutgers, Belichick brought his son onto his staff before the 2012 season and now Belichick appears to be a on a coaching path.
Does Schiano think the younger Belichick could follow in his father’s footsteps?
“I do. If he wants to, there is no doubt,” Schiano said. “He’s got a football mind. He helped me, although he was a long snapper, Steve helped me when I used to call the defenses. Steve helped me do things there, and it doesn’t shock me that he is now in the business, and if that is what he wants to do, you know as I always say to every young coach, ‘Make sure it’s what you want.’ Because if it is, you don’t really go to work. When you have a passion for something, there’s not all good days, trust me, but when it’s your passion you kind of got it beat.”
What does Schiano see as the hallmarks of a Bill Belichick-coached team?
“Well number one, they are well coached, number two, they play awfully hard in all three phases: offense, defense and special teams. There is no letdown,” Schiano said. “There are certain things as a coach that you look at that may be obscure to the fan, but you look at and I think it is a great predictor or telling sign about a team’s effort level. Every one of those that I check as a head coach, they are off the charts. They play hard no matter what it is. Whenever you have a football team that plays hard, is well coached and technically sound, they play through the whistle, all those things, that’s why they’ve won championships and it’s why they are a team that wins consistently. It’s one that we are trying to become a team like that. It’s a hard fight to get there, but our guys are trying to do that.”