INDIANAPOLIS -- Former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano, now in his first season as Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach, was asked at the NFL Combine about his ties with coach Bill Belichick.
When Schiano was going through the process of interviewing for the Buccaneers' job, Schiano reached out to Belichick.
"Bill has been an incredible person for me, not only professionally but I've gotten to know Bill; his son Stephen played with us at Rutgers and Bill would come to work out some of our players. Every time he visited, I learned a ton, number one. And number two, I felt very comfortable. This is a no-nonsense guy and I kind of think that's what I am. It's fun to be with people who 'it is what it is' and there are no agendas.
"As these things began to kind of show their head, I called him and asked him for some advice and he was great. I know we're competitors, I know there are 32 teams, but I look forward to -- we're in different divisions, different conferences -- hopefully continue to help each other grow. Certainly, he'll help me a lot more than I'll help him. But it's been a very good relationship. I know it will change now a little bit, but he's a special coach, as we all know. And to me, a very special person -- he and his son Stephen."