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Greg Schiano accepts Buccaneers job

Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:44 am
Edited on: January 27, 2012 7:59 am
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Greg Schiano has accepted the Tampa Bay job (US Presswire).

By Josh Katzowitz

The hiring of Rutgers coach Greg Schiano to fill the vacant Buccaneers job moved at light speed Thursday morning, and now according to CBSSports.com’s Brett McMurphy, the deal is done and Schiano has accepted the job.

Bucs general manager Mark Dominik told the Associated Press that Schiano has agreed yo a five-year contract, and Schiano will be introduced at a press conference on Friday.

"Coach Schiano is a bright, meticulous teacher who knows how to get the most out of his players," Dominik said. "He built and ran a pro-style program at Rutgers, and he's a defensive-minded coach whose teams have always been characterized by toughness and a physical style of play."

Schiano's ability to build -- or rebuild -- a program played a part in Tampa Bay's choice, according to Bucs chairmain Joel Glazer.

"During our thorough search, we met with numerous impressive candidates, but coach Schiano surely distinguished himself," Glazer said. "From his leadership skills to his considerable track record, he is, simply put, the right man for the job."

Schiano, who was an assistant with the Bears from 1996-98, took Rutgers from a bottom-feeding program to a team that had a winning record in six of his last seven years in New Jersey.

The hiring of Schiano is a big surprise, considering his name wasn’t mentioned among the 11 other candidates who the Buccaneers supposedly chased (including Oregon’s Chip Kelly, who accepted the job before changing his mind, and Mike Sherman and Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski, who were offered second interviews).

Bucs hire Schiano
But according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the two sides met twice without any word leaking to the media, including Wednesday. Apparently, Bill Rees -- who’s in charge of Tampa Bay’s college scouting -- stayed in touch with Schiano throughout the hiring process.

So, it appears the Buccaneers had Schiano -- who will replace Raheem Morris after his 4-12 season -- in mind the entire time.

Schiano has long been rumored as a potential replacement for recently deceased Penn State coach Joe Paterno, but his name was never really mentioned after the Jerry Sandusky scandal resulted in Paterno being removed from his position as head coach.

The former Rutgers coach drew plenty of interest from other schools, though -- both Michigan and Miami have recently courted Schiano.

Schiano, who went 68-67 during his tenure, was the FWAA coach of the year in 2006 and led the Scarlet Knights to four straight bowl victories (before Schiano came aboard, Rutgers had made just one bowl in its 135-year history).

But if the Buccaneers wanted to hire an exciting coach to replace a fan base disillusioned by Morris’ final year, this probably isn’t the way to do it. Chip Kelly probably would have created enthusiasm and excitement. While Schiano’s schemes are probably more suited to the NFL, his buzz factor is quite a bit lower.

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Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2012 4:28 pm
 

Greg Schiano accepts Buccaneers job

Thanks to the likes of Saban and Petrino, I'm a little leary of college coaches. You can be sure if Tampa Bay doesnt get anywhere in two years, Schiano will be itching to get back into the college game. The rumors will start very quickly.



Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: January 26, 2012 4:20 pm
 

Greg Schiano accepts Buccaneers job

Taking a coach from a JUCO school seems to be a long, long reach for any pro team.  St. Louis  and Miami hires were not great but eons above Tampa Bay.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2012 4:15 pm
 

Greg Schiano accepts Buccaneers job

I have no idea if Schiano will do well or not with the Bucs, some do well (J Johnson) others dont (Saban), only time will tell.  I do get a kick out of these know-it-all sports writers stating he is a bad fit.  I get it, you want viewers to read your article.  But at the end of the day your predictions/prognastications are about as accurate as a chimpanzee choosing the final four.



Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2012 3:45 pm
 

Greg Schiano accepts Buccaneers job

Nice hire but would have been much better hiring Marty Schottenheimer with a young team and a veteran coach who knows his way around the NFL, knows the right assistant coaches and how to bring them to Tampa along with knowing how to win.  Marty was winning division titles with the Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, and San Diego Chargers plus in his one season at Washington his team went .500 after supplanting Norv Turner and than being replaced by the college coaching guru Steve Spurrier of whom neither could do anything with the skins.  I am sure Schiano would have done fine but Marty was the peferct pick. 
Schottenheimer is a good coach if your goal is to simply make it to the playoffs and don't have any expectations of winning games once you get there.  His execution during the regular season and the post season are polar opposites.  Teams have come to the realization and that is why he isn't coaching anywhere these days.  No one wants to waste time with a coach that gets them to the playoffs only to have to replace them to get to the next level.






Since: Dec 2, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2012 3:32 pm
 

Greg Schiano accepts Buccaneers job

I have no idea how Mr. Schiano will do.  I am a little reluctant to get excited about the hire, but he has done wonders with Rutgers so who knows.  I am cautiously optimistic.  

While I won't necessarily say (as did the last poster) that M Shottenheimer would have been a perfect hire, but certainly one I'd have felt better about than Schiano.  

In defense of the Bucs, pickings did seem a little slim this year..... 



Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2012 3:11 pm
 

Greg Schiano accepts Buccaneers job

Nice hire but would have been much better hiring Marty Schottenheimer with a young team and a veteran coach who knows his way around the NFL, knows the right assistant coaches and how to bring them to Tampa along with knowing how to win.  Marty was winning division titles with the Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, and San Diego Chargers plus in his one season at Washington his team went .500 after supplanting Norv Turner and than being replaced by the college coaching guru Steve Spurrier of whom neither could do anything with the skins.  I am sure Schiano would have done fine but Marty was the peferct pick. 



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2012 2:49 pm
 

Greg Schiano accepts Buccaneers job

Carpe Diem Man... I'm a Rutgers Alumni and supporter and i cannot fault the man for the seizing the f'in moment... I'm sure if he could have.. Pushed back the announcment until after Nat Signing Day... The Real World Waits for No Man... and the Bucs aren't waiting for Greg Schiano.. He did wat he had to do.



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2012 2:46 pm
 

Greg Schiano accepts Buccaneers job

Correct me if i'm Wrong... This is the same Bucs team that in 2010 went 10-6, with largely the same Roster... Who had A QB who everyone was prematurly calling a Clone of Big Ben, a diamond in the rough RB in Blounte, who only a year ealier was KO"ing a Boise State Player but saw his rookie campaign single handily Win Fantasy Football Leagues... Schiano understands football, he understands locker rooms, he cares about his players... To coach in the NFL, you don't have to be the smartest, the most innovative... This is a league of Proffessionals..  They need to play for a guy who they believe in, not give up on their coach like they did Raheem Morris in the 2nd of GAmes...I'm not guaranteeing the playoffs year 1.... Just don't write Schiano off.. Thats all i'm saying



Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2012 2:44 pm
 

Greg Schiano accepts Buccaneers job

Well the great thing here for Schiano is that he is going from one College in Rutgers to another college team in the Tampa Bay Buccaneer's. Not too sure, but I believe they are still the youngest team in the NFL. Did anyone see this happening? You should have. Bringing back the Orange Jersey's. Really? Nothing says forshadows dissaster like those jersey's do. Cheap owner, bad Uni's, youngest coaches, youngest team. There is a long wait ahead for Tampa to get back to the playoffs with New Orleans, Atlanta and now the Panthers. Usually when you have a club with that much young talent you can look forward to a bright future. Not in this division.



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 2:42 pm
 

But wait; there's more...

I still wish we had an edit function so I could edit out my redundant use of "no longer" and "anymore" in the same sentence or my last post.

Anyway, there is another issue here.  Who would trust a coach who would leave his college team a week away from National Signing Day?  Not only is it difficult to find a coach this late in the process, but it is a disaster for the Rutgers recruiting class.   

Coaches love to preach accountability and responsibility.  How can Schiano now use either of these words with a straight face in front of a team of adults?   Bucs fans who still give a bleep had better hope that Congress pressures the NFL to end game-day blackouts, because, after the home opener, it might be awhile before home game is on TV again.  
 
I guess they are a good match: owners who abandoned their fans long ago and a coach who would abandon his team at the worst possible time.


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