That was fast. 

Greg Schiano is stepping down from his position on the New England Patriots’ coaching staff, citing a “need to spend more time on my faith and family.”

Schiano, whose hire had never been officially announced by the club, announced his decision Thursday in a joint statement with coach Bill Belichick.

“This is not the result of any one event, but rather a realization that I need to spend more time on my faith and family,” Schiano said. “I don’t want to look back years from now and wish I had done things differently. Therefore, I am taking time away from the game to recalibrate my priorities.”

Schiano was hired by the Patriots less than two months ago, although the team never specified what his role would be.

“I respect Coach Schiano greatly and appreciate his contributions to our staff and team,” Belichick said in his statement. “He is a friend who we support completely.”

Belichick recently raved about Schiano during a radio interview: 

“He’s a very experienced and outstanding fundamental coach,” Belichick said in the interview, which was recorded at some point before Sunday. “He’s a good teacher and has a lot of experience in both the college and pro game. … I think he’ll be a great addition.”

He certainly did his job well. 

Schiano allowed zero points in his time as defensive coordinator.


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