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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
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’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: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2012 12:44 pm

The Glazers are the worst owners!

What a bunch of idiots the Glazers are.  Perhaps I have to put GM Dominik in that category too after this offseason.  Kudos to firing your last mistake in Morris.  He was never ready to be a head coach and you see what happened from going on the cheap with no experience.  So rather than learn from that mistake you potentially make it all over again.

Good luck to Schiano, I hope he succeeds.  He was a hell of a college coach...but no NFL experience.  This was not the time to take on another project and hope for a Harbaugh result.  The one sure way of helping Schiano succeed is to hire NFL experienced coordinators and surround him with NFL minds.  But that is pretty much impossible due to the way the Glazers handled the interview process.

They interviewed everyone except Mike Singletary making it pretty impossible to bring any of them in as an assistant.  Not one of them would interview for the HC, get turned down for another and then come in to work under them. going to Miami as OC. going to Cleveland as OC it looks like.  Chudz will stay where he is.  Phillips, nice and comfy in Texas.  Jerry Grey, not a chance.  It looks like even Jack Del Rio has an oppty.  What are the Bucs going to be coached by the Rutgers staff??

Who is left to fill out the staff?  What NFL experienced coordinators are still out there that are worth a flip?  More importantly what experienced coordinators want to come in and work under a career college coach and for a group of cheap, lousy, bad decision making owners that cannot fill their stadium and suffer weekly blackouts?

Lets face it Glazer family, it is time to get out of the NFL.  You are quickly becoming a laughing stock again based on your decisions, not the teams win loss record.  Yes, I am a resident of this area and will not be renewing my season tickets.  Still a fan of the team, the players and of their new coaches, good luck to all, but definitely not a fan of the ownership!  The Tampa Bay area deserves better!  Head on over across the pond and run your soccer (football) club.  I read you are pretty hated over there, getting near that in the U.S. too.

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2012 11:41 am

Greg Schiano accepts Buccaneers job

Very sad to see him leave Rutgers. He completely rebuilt that school into a respectable football program. Not sure how he'll do as an NFL head coach, but I wish him the best of luck.

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2012 11:01 am

Greg Schiano accepts Buccaneers job

I am glad the Buc’s finally hired someone as the head coach. I just hope management and fans realize that the team would not be turned around in 1-3 years as we did in our last hire.

I hope we can be patient with our new head coach, allow him to select the coaches he think will make us successful, also draft the players he need to play his system.

I also hope we have a few players on our current team that would be able to play his system, so we are able to win a few games in the coming couple of years.

We might not expect him to be a Jimmy Johnson or Jim Harbaugh, I would just hope he would bring us  respectability.

Coach McKay took us to the NFC championship game in his 4th season hosting the Los Angeles Rams and losing 9-0. That might indicate a coach would need more than 2-3 years to produce a winner or playoff contender. During his 4th season we also won our first playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

I don’t think Coach McKay was a failure coming from the college ranks, it just prove that in order to be successful you need more than 2-3 seasons. I think coach McKay was a successful coach for our team.  

I hope our team don’t become the Raiders, changing coaches each season thus being mediocre forever.



Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2012 8:06 am

Greg Schiano accepts Buccaneers job

He should have been fired after the UCONN debacle and instead he gets millions.  What happened to this country?

Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 6:18 am

Greg Schiano accepts Buccaneers job

Great news.
He did tremendous things for Rutgers.
And like the 49ers, they did not pick one of the ugly sisters, old coaches that had been fired, for this job.
I love it when they take a new person with new ideas and a fresh outlook to run a team.
I really think this guy will be very successful.

Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2012 3:27 am

Greg Schiano accepts Buccaneers job

If he can make RUTGERS competitive, why doubt what he can do with this talented team? Remember they were nearly a playoff team last year. They only sucked this season because the players figured out Raheem Morris couldn't lead a daycare.

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2012 3:25 am

Greg Schiano accepts Buccaneers job

schloncha44: He's not exactly new to the NFL. His three years with the Bears, not to forget his two with the Hurricanes, :) mean that he's already dialed in on the different mindsets of the players at that level. Putting aside the fact that he never made the show himself and his lack of rings, the similarity of his background with Jimmy Johnson may auger well for his chances. As always, the real hump will likely be the business side of the job, which seems to overwhelm a lot of quality football guys, regardless of background. Their time management skills always get stress-tested.

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: January 26, 2012 10:27 pm

Greg Schiano accepts Buccaneers job

 I for one applaud the Bucs! They had the stones to hire the guy they wanted and not care what anyone else thought.  I love this and I hope others follow.  We all know if it doesn't work he will be gone, but better than seeing someone getting a job just because of former succsess.  Nice job Bucs and good luck coach Schiano.  You have a good group of young talent to work with.

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2012 10:18 pm

Greg Schiano accepts Buccaneers job

I'm impressed with the boldness, the courage, and the bizarreness of this hire.  What next--the graduate assistant at Slippery Rock to replace Belicheck?!

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 8:12 pm

Greg Schiano accepts Buccaneers job

sure he accepts. he would be stupid not too. rutgers has not ben good for several years now. the only time they were goo was when ray rice was there. i was shocked when it was a rumor. why was schiano was even on anybodies radar. schiano is not, when you want to mention the best college coaches in the country, his name would come up. the bucs are not the most tallent, so with not the best talent you need one of the best coaches. so i dont view thisasa good hire. 

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