New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty may have surprised quite a few people when he said he considered former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano a tougher coach than Bill Belichick. McCourty was asked the question during his appearance on “NESN Live” on Tuesday.
McCourty has had the luxury of playing for both coaches. He played for Schiano while he was at Rutgers. He told co-hosts Elle Duncan and Sarah Davis when asked who is the tougher head coach between Belichick and Schiano that Schiano was the “toughest” coach he has ever played for because “he’s more of a yeller and a screamer. He’ll get right in your face. Bill’s more sarcastic. Both can be pretty brutal, but I’m gonna go with Coach Schiano.”
McCourty calling Schiano a tougher coach than Belichick won’t necessary offend his current coach. Belichick and Schiano are close friends and that friendship and trust Belichick has in Schiano as far as evaluating and developing tough players is what has led Belichick to drafting several former Rutgers players, including McCourty. The team currently has six Schiano-coached players on their 90-man roster. Those players are Logan Ryan, Duron Harmon, Darrelle Revis, Steve Beauharnais, Chris Jones and McCourty.
Out of all of those players, only Beauharnais isn’t expected to be much of a contributor on this year’s team. As far as Schiano goes, the former coach of the Buccaneers hasn’t been able to transcend his tough coaching skills to the NFL, but that doesn’t mean he won’t become a successful coach in the future.
McCourty also has some other choices to make. When he was asked who is the more difficult receiver to cover between Julian Edelman and former Patriots receiver Wes Welker, McCourty stuck with his current teammate. He said, “Julian Edelman. We don’t ever root for any Broncos around here.” Edelman, however, was not McCourty’s choice when it came to best dressed on the team. That honor went to Tom Brady.