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Report: Bucs want to hire Schiano; Jerry Gray out

Posted on: January 26, 2012 9:40 am
Edited on: January 26, 2012 11:38 am
 
Greg Schiano apparently has been offered the Tampa Bay job (US Presswire).By Josh Katzowitz

While the Buccaneers coaching search has turned somewhat disastrous -- a flip-flop rejection from Oregon’s Chip Kelly will do that for you -- it seems like Tampa Bay also is getting closer to naming their next head coach.

And that new head coach is reportedly Rutgers coach Greg Schiano.

620 WDAE in Tampa reported (via the Tampa Bay Tribune) that Rutgers coach Greg Schiano also is a candidate, and ESPN's Adam Schefter later reported that team plans to hire Schiano and that the two sides are working out a contract agreement.

The Newark Star Ledger reported earlier this month that Schiano wouldn't have an interest in coaching in the NFL. Schiano was a secondary coach for the Bears from 1996-98, and he's been at Rutgers for the past 11 years. In the past, he's turned down potential head coaching opportunities at the University of Michigan and the University of Miami.

But like the Chip Kelly story, this potential hire has seemingly come ouf nowhere.

As CBSSports.com’s Will Brinson wrote Wednesday, former Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman and Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski were reported to haved received second interviews with the team. On Thursday, Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray told the Tampa Bay Times that he’s officially out of the running.

"Told me they were going in a different direction," Gray told the newspaper.

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Gray found out he was no longer in the running during an early-morning call from Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik, and the paper also reported that a source said the team is planning to continue paring down the coaching candidate list today.

Other than Chudzinski, Sherman and Gray, the team also was connected to Marty Schottenheimer, Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, new Dolphins coach Joe Philbin, Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips (who pulled his name out of the search a few weeks ago) and Packers quarterback coach Tom Clements.

Gray also had been a candidate for the Colts job that went to Chuck Pagano on Wednesday.

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Since: Aug 4, 2010
Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:14 am
 

Report: Bucs want to hire Schiano; Jerry Gray out

Our F.A.M.I.L.Y just got torn apart.



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:13 am
 

Report: Bucs want to hire Schiano; Jerry Gray out

QDfelipe21   only people that work for the State or are Union members hate CC. oh and the people who take part in the corruption that has sent this state reeling for year. 



Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:09 am
 

Report: Bucs want to hire Schiano; Jerry Gray out

Wow!! And they fired Morris to get Schaino? Personally, I would have begged Marty Schottenheimer.



Since: Jan 12, 2012
Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:08 am
 

Report: Bucs want to hire Schiano; Jerry Gray out

sure did



Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:06 am
 

Report: Bucs want to hire Schiano; Jerry Gray out

Greg Schiano just surpassed Chris Christie as the most hated man in the state of New Jersey. 



Since: Jun 10, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:03 am
 

Report: Bucs want to hire Schiano; Jerry Gray out

Can't read Schiano's mind  - but would not be surprised if this is the result of two factors -
(a) it is a classic "offer you can't refuse" from Tampa - gotta figure the $$$ are substantial, the contract has to be long enough to make it a serious gig - and no matter what, it opens more doors for the future
(b) Without getting into the issues, -The whole Penn State situation  has likely impacted Schiano's outlook  - He might have once thought about going there after Paterno...  but not now ...  but who knows about five years from now - if O'Brien moves on?  Schiano might be high on the list with some additional items on his resume... and the passage of time.



Since: Jan 15, 2012
Posted on: January 26, 2012 10:59 am
 

Report: Bucs want to hire Schiano; Jerry Gray out

Why on Earth would you want to hire a guy that is only 1 game over .500 at Rutgers?<br />Not a real football powerhouse and the guy has poor credentials being 20 games under .500 in Big East Play which is not a good conference. <br />Plus his only experience in the NFL is as a defensive assistant on horrible Bears teams. <br />That would be a real bizarre hire, I have to agree that Zimmer seems like a better idea or even giving wade phillips a second chance being a Head coach, but not that guy.




Since: Jan 12, 2012
Posted on: January 26, 2012 10:57 am
 

Report: Bucs want to hire Schiano; Jerry Gray out

Schiano just took a program that was on rise and broght it back to irrelevant with this move.




Since: Sep 24, 2010
Posted on: January 26, 2012 10:54 am
 

Report: Bucs want to hire Schiano; Jerry Gray out

I don't get this...I hope for Schiano and the Bucs that this is just a rumor.

Schiano is a great recruiter...no question about that.  However, he's not a great coach!  He's never been to a BCS bowl game in a weak Big East Conference.  He'll get eaten alive in the NFL, but he can be a God in New Jersey his entire life.

Bad move.



Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2012 10:50 am
 

Report: Bucs want to hire Schiano; Jerry Gray out

Can't see why this would be the direction they are taking....Schiano should be commended for turning rutgers to respectability but he has no nfl experience and it's not like he's won the big east and dominated......he's had a handful of good nfl players and not much else.....why would they want him?  From his point of view he can always go back to college and get a good job which is why I never get why the nfl teams are intrigued by these guys??  Are we putting rutgers success with saban and carroll????  I just don't see it


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