Tag:Greg Schiano
Posted on: January 30, 2012 12:33 pm
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Report: Schiano could tap Butch Davis for help

Greg Schiano will tap Butch Davis to help him coach in Tampa Bay (US Presswire).

By Josh Katzowitz

With Greg Schiano taking over the head coaching job in Tampa Bay, don’t be surprised if he brings back oldie-but-goodie Butch Davis to help him with his staff.

That’s the word from Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, which writes that since Schiano worked as Davis’ defensive coordinator at the University of Miami and then coached the Browns from 2001-04, he’d be a good sounding board for the former Rutgers head coach.

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It actually makes a bit of sense. Even though Davis ultimately failed in Cleveland, he knows the rigors of going from coaching college football to coaching pro football, and he can possibly help Schiano avoid some of the pitfalls he might have faced.

King also writes about how Patriots coach Bill Belichick helped get Schiano the job, calling Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik and saying that Schiano was NFL-ready. Schiano, I imagine, appreciated the gesture.

"We trust one another,” Schiano told King. "I think we see things the same way -- not schematically, necessarily, but principally.”

One other note from King: Schiano had to miss Joe Paterno’s memorial service last Thursday in order to finalize the Buccaneers deal. Considering Paterno was one of Schiano’s mentors, that was a tough decision for him to make.

"Thursday was one of the most exciting days of my life, getting this job, and also one of the saddest, because I missed Joe's service,'' he said. "I learned so much from Joe. Like, 'The only bad decision is indecision.' I can't tell you how significant a statement that is.”

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Posted on: January 27, 2012 7:09 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2012 7:11 pm
 

Report: Rams also interviewed Greg Schiano

By Josh Katzowitz

Apparently, the Buccaneers weren’t the only team interested in hiring former Rutgers and current Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano.

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According to Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, the Rams recently spent a day in New Jersey interviewing Schiano and there was a “very good chance” St. Louis would have hired him if Jeff Fisher had turned down the team’s offer.

In fact, Schiano was interested enough in the job to call Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops to discuss Rams quarterback Sam Bradford.

While the Buccaneers hiring of Schiano has been panned for the most part (or, at the very least, I haven’t seen the transaction praised very much, if at all), Tampa Bay apparently wasn’t alone in thinking that Schiano would make a legitimate NFL head coach.

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Posted on: January 26, 2012 9:50 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2012 11:50 pm
 

Chip Kelly says he never took Buccaneers job

Kelly says he never left the Ducks' side. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Chip Kelly's brief flirtation with the Buccaneers job was just that: brief. Reports emerged on Sunday night that Kelly would take the Tampa Bay gig. But while most of the world was sleeping, the situation was flopped and Kelly bailed.

Unless he didn't; Kelly went on KUJZ in Oregon and said that he never accepted the Bucs gig and that he never "flip-flopped."

"The only decision I ever made was to not accept the job," Kelly said, via Rob Moseley of the Oregon Register-Guard. "I never changed my mind; I never committed to the job and then flip-flopped.

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"It was nothing more than, I'd like to hear what they had to say."

Well, the Bucs are unlikely to comment on the situation, especially since they "found their man" in Rutgers Greg Schiano. So it's unlikely that Kelly can be proven incorrect. And he did admit that he talked with Tampa Bay, and that he came upon their interest via Oregon's Athletic Director Rob Mullens, who was approached by the Bucs.

"They presented to me what their plan was for Tampa Bay, and it was extremely attractive," Kelly said. "But at the end of the day ... I got into coaching because of the relationships. And the relationships I have with the current coaches on our staff and the players was the underlying reason why I came back."

Kelly also pointed out that the Buccaneers offered him a raise. What he didn't point out is that he absolutely has to say that he never took this job. If he were to say that he took the gig, it'd be an utter disaster for recruiting. His current players would wonder how close he was to leaving, and other coaches would be able to play the possibility about Kelly leaving against him. And they would.

There are ample reports of Kelly taking the job and then bailing that emerged from this whole erstwhile debacle. But neither the Bucs or Kelly have any motivation to confirm them, so it's unlikely that you'll hear any story too different from what Kelly offered on Thursday.

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Posted on: January 26, 2012 2:25 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2012 4:31 pm
 

Is Schiano a beneficiary of the Harbaugh Effect?

There aren't many college coaches who have successfully transitioned to the NFL. (AP/Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

The NFL coaching scrap heap is littered with accomplished college coaches who couldn't make the transition to the professional game. But it only takes one success story to shift the perception from "those guys can't cut it" to "where can we find another one?"

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Jim Harbaugh arrived in San Francisco last offseason after leading Stanford to 12 wins, including an Orange Bowl victory over Virginia Tech. Twelve months later, the 49ers were a few plays away from going to the Super Bowl after a 13-3 regular season and an NFC West title.

And unlike Stanford, Harbaugh didn't have an Andrew Luck-type franchise quarterback under center in San Francisco. Yes, Alex Smith was a former first-overall pick, but his career up till Harbaugh's arrival could kindly be described as pedestrian. Now the 49ers want him back in 2012 and there may be some competition for his services should he make it to free agency.

“I feel so much different than in years past, just the sideline -- the sideline atmosphere is so much different," Smith said before Sunday's NFC Championship game. "When bad things happen, when plays get made against us, things like that, the guys are just so confident.”

It's that type of confidence that may have led the Glazer family, owners of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, to bypass the typical NFL coaching search, one that has recently included interviewing former NFL big names, up-and-coming coordinators and a few dark horse assistants. And instead, refocus their efforts at the college level, in the hopes of unearthing the next Jim Harbaugh.

This explains Oregon coach Chip Kelly's brief dalliance with the Bucs. And it may explain why they ultimately settled on Rutgers' Greg Schiano after Kelly got cold feet. (The elephant in the room, of course, is that Schiano, unlike Harbaugh and Kelly, hasn't had quite their level of success in recent seasons.)

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Schiano leaves Rutgers with a 67-67 record, but it took him five years to build the program from one of the worst in the country to annually competitive in the Big East. He was 49-28 in his last six seasons, and if it's one thing the Bucs need, it's someone who knows how to build a winner. The big question: will the front office and fans will have the patience to wait around.

If Schiano's looking for inspiration from his college brethren who made it work in the NFL … well, the pickings are slim. In addition to Harbaugh, three coaches stand out:

Jimmy Johnson

Johnson was the first coach Jerry Jones hired after he bought the Cowboys and promptly ushered Tom Landry out the door. Tough circumstances to walk into after leading the Miami Hurricanes in the '80s, but he went on to win back-to-back Super Bowls before leaving Dallas for the Dolphins, and ultimately a gig as an NFL analyst for Fox Sports.

Barry Switzer

He was Oklahoma's head coach from 1973-1988 and amassed a 157-29-4 record, including three national championships. He resigned before the 1989 season and after the NCAA had placed the Sooners on probation. Five years later, Jones pegged Switzer to replace Jimmy Johnson in Dallas. He went 12-4 in his first two seasons, with the Cowboys winning the Super Bowl following the 1995 season. He resigned three years later and left the NFL with a 45-26 career mark.

Tom Coughlin

Coughlin got his start at Rochester Institute of Technology, where he served as the head coach from 1970-73, and after seven seasons as an assistant with Syracuse, and two more with Boston College, Coughlin served as an assistant coach for three NFL teams from 1984-1990. He then returned to college, accepting the head-coaching gig at BC. In three years, he led the Eagles to a 41-39 record, including a 1993 win over top-ranked Notre Dame.

Coughlin was hired by the expansion Jaguars in 1995 and he's been an NFL head coach ever since. In February 2008, he led the Giants to a Super Bowl XLII victory over the then-undefeated Patriots. He'll go for Lombardi Trophy No. 2 when New York again faces New England on February 5.

So what does this mean for Schiano? History hasn't been kind to college coaches making the jump to the NFL, but there are exceptions. It's not much, but it's all the Glazer have right now.

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Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:49 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2012 1:04 pm
 

Reaction to Greg Schiano hiring is mixed

Greg Schiano hasn't won rave reviews in Twitter reaction (US Presswire).By Josh Katzowitz

It looks like the next head coach for the Buccaneers will be a name that seemingly came out of left field. And not the good kind of left field either. That view, anyway, is the reaction from many NFL and college football observers around Twitter on Thursday morning after news broke that Greg Schiano would leave Rutgers for Tampa Bay.

Never mind that Schiano spurned the Scarlet Knights for the NFL only six days before National Signing Day, but for a coach who only had three seasons in the NFL (with the Bears as a secondary coach in the late 1990s), Schiano isn’t a big name like Oregon’s Chip Kelly who could excite a Buccaneers fan base that needs a shot of adrenaline.

Some Twitter observers lauded the move, but the majority of those commenting are questioning the wisdom of this hire.

Here’s how various reporters and analysts saw the move:
  • @SI_PeterKing: Re Schiano naysayers: Having lived in NJ from 85-09, that program was beyond rock bottom for yrs. Schiano built a nationally competitive ... program from scratch. He had so much farther to go to make it relevant that it's not fair to say, "What has he won?'' IMO.
  • @RapSheet (Boston Herald): Not as crazy as it sounds. He's a builder
  • @MikeGarafolo (Newark Star Ledger): Was looking at our paper today, thinking, "I wonder what it would take to knock #SB46 off the sports cover." I now have my answer: #Schiano
  • @GregABedard (Boston Globe): Loved Schiano the program builder, recruiter. Terrific preparation. Not a fan of game coaching. Reminded of Wannstedt, who he coached under
  • @art_stapleton (Bergen Record): So yeah, I'm guessing that Greg Schiano interview I've got scheduled to talk about RU players in Super Bowl won't be happening any time soon
  • @dennisdoddcbs: Actually, Schiano makes more sense for the Bucs. Runs almost a total NFL system. Solid.
  • @RichCimini (ESPN New York): Bucs planning to hire Rutgers' Greg Schiano. Wait a minute: They're hiring a guy who got blown out by UConn? Huh?
  • @BigE52_RU (former Rutgers player Eric Legrand): Really? Not going to lie I am a little bit shocked right now
  • @AlbertBreer (NFL.com): I also can't help but think that Jim Harbaugh's success has caused NFL types to take harder looks at college coaches.
  • @greggdoyelcbs: Greg Schiano has earned the right to leave Rutgers. Bucs have earned the right to go 3-13 in 2012. Capitalism works
  • @FauxJohnMadden: Greg Schiano to the Tampa Bay Bucs, which may or may not be a step down from Rutgers.
  • @DaveLozo (NHL.com): Schiano news makes me sad and happy all at once. I hope for him Tampa Bay never has to beat WVU to reach the postseason.
  • @adamrank: Schiano to Bucs? When you get a chance to hire a coach from a middle-of-the-road team in the worst BCS conference, you do it.

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Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:44 am
Edited on: January 27, 2012 7:59 am
 

Greg Schiano accepts Buccaneers job

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).

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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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