New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers Are in Talks About Joint Practice

Tony SantorsaSenior Writer IIJune 25, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - MAY 11:  Bill Belichick, coach of the New England Patriots takes part in the  2012 Rookie Mini Camp at Gillette Stadium on May 11, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Just a few weeks ago, we heard reports of the New England Patriots and the New Orleans Saints concerning talks about a potential joint practice this training camp and preseason, but now the Boston Herald is reporting that the Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are discussing the possibility of a joint practice. 

It was just two weeks ago when reports of Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and Saints interim head coach Joe Vitt discussing a joint practice prior to their August 9 preseason game surfaced, and now it appears that Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano has jumped into the discussion.

New England and Tampa Bay are scheduled to face off on August 24 for a preseason game in Tampa—but what makes the possibility a realistic one is the connection between Belichick and Schiano, who is the former Rutgers head coach. 

We all know Belichick loves Rutgers University, as his son Stephen is a member of the Rutgers football team, and as Belichick has shown interest in Rutgers alumni such as cornerback Devin McCourty.

There is definitely a solid relationship between Belichick and Schiano which certainly leads us to believe that a joint practice is a definite possibility prior to the team's preseason game in late August. 

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