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

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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Posted on: January 26, 2012 9:40 am
Edited on: January 26, 2012 11:38 am
 

Report: Bucs want to hire Schiano; Jerry Gray out

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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Posted on: January 25, 2012 6:26 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2012 6:34 pm
 

Baltimore defense is a head-coaching pipeline

Almost everyone on Billick's sideline got a head-coaching job at one point. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Have you always dreamed of becoming a head coach in the NFL? Well, then you should find work with the Ravens defense, because doing so will all but guarantee you land a head-coaching job in the NFL.

Alright, it's a bit more difficult than that, but on Wednesday, Chuck Pagano became just the latest in a long line of former Ravens assistants to land gigs running NFL teams elsewhere.

The very first year the Ravens existed, 1996, the defense featured Marvin Lewis as defensive coordinator. Lewis, of course, is on his way to becoming one of the longer-tenured head coaches in the NFL and just took the Bengals to the playoffs. Lewis would leave Baltimore in 2001, coach the Redskins defense for a year and then take over the Bengals.

Working under Lewis up until 2001? Defensive assistant Jim Schwartz, who left to take the same position with the Titans, before being promoted to defensive coordinator and then taking over as head coach of the Detroit Lions in 2009.

(Notably, Eric Mangini -- 1996 as an offensive assistant -- and Ken Whisenhunt -- 1997-98 as a tight ends coach -- went on to land coaching gigs after working with the Ravens.)

In 1999, Brian Billick took over as head coach, and things really took off. He retained Lewis as defensive coordinator, but the team also hired Jack Del Rio (linebackers), Mike Smith and Rex Ryan as defensive assistants.

The Ravens won the Super Bowl in 2000. But it didn't pay off for the assistants until a year later, when Del Rio took the Jaguars job, where he stayed until being fired in 2011. Smith followed him there as defensive coordinator and would leave for the Falcons head coaching job in 2008, where he remains today.

In 2002, Mike Nolan, who'd been hired as the wide receivers coach previously, took over for the departed Lewis. Nolan, of course, went on to become the 49ers head coach in 2005. The man who replaced him? Mike Singletary, who took over as linebackers coach for the Ravens the same year Nolan became defensive coordinator.

Ryan replaced Nolan and eventually took the gig with the Jets. Greg Mattison took over for Ryan and after leaving for the University of Michigan (he took the same position under Brady Hoke), he was replaced by, you guessed it, Pagano.

Besides the Ravens, there's two other common threads with these guys: Ray Lewis, who's captained the defense since being drafted in the first round in 1996, and Ozzie Newsome, who took over as general manager that same year.

Read into it however you want; Newsome clearly has an eye for players and personnel, and Lewis clearly makes any defense better, regardless of how old he is.

But whoever takes over for the defense next should be thankful for the would-be springboard they're getting set up on.

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Posted on: January 25, 2012 4:28 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2012 6:17 pm
 

Chuck Pagano hired as next Colts coach



By Will Brinson


Chuck Pagano only spent one season as an NFL coordinator with the Ravens, but it was enough to land him a head-coaching gig with the Indianapolis Colts, CBSSports.com Mike Freeman confirmed Wednesday.

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The team since announced the news and will hold a press conference at 3 p.m. CT on Thursday.

"It's difficult to leave the Ravens but I couldn't pass up on this great opportunity," Pagano said in a statement released by the team. "I'm just thrilled and so excited."

The news, as first reported by Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, means that the Colts have now almost completely re-booted their organization.

Pagano took over as the Ravens defensive coordinator in 2011 when Greg Mattison left to become the defensive coordinator at the University of Michigan. Pagano had previously been the Ravens secondary coach for two years after a season as the University of North Carolina's defensive coordinator under Butch Davis.

It was Davis who gave Pagano his first gig in the NFL, when he left Miami University to become the secondary coach for the Cleveland Browns in 2001.

Pagano becomes the latest in a long line of folks working on the Baltimore defense to leave for a head-coaching gig in the NFL.

He also becomes yet another defensive-minded coach to take over the Colts, coming directly after Tony Dungy and Jim Caldwell. Pagano, however, isn't from the "Tampa 2" school, and is likely to shift the defense to a 3-4 style, a la what the Ravens run.

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Posted on: January 25, 2012 10:29 am
 

Report: Jack Del Rio could be next Broncos DC

JDR could be the next Broncos defensive coordinator. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

With Dennis Allen now headed to Oakland as the next head coach of the Raiders, the Broncos now need to fill a big void at defensive coordinator. According to one report, Jack Del Rio could be the guy to take over for Allen in Denver.

Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network cites sources on Wednesday who believe that Del Rio has "emerged as a possible replacement" for Allen after he departs for the Raiders.

Del Rio was axed from Jacksonville in late November and since then's been ripped by former players, been basically called "not as good as Tom Coughlin" by his former owner, and he was reportedly mentioned as a candidate for the Chiefs job.

Defense is JDR's calling card (along with lumberjacking and leather jackets) and the Broncos could particularly make sense given the success he had in 2002 as John Fox's defensive coordinator with the Panthers. That year the Panthers finished first in yards per rushing attempt allowed, second in total yards allowed, fifth in points allowed and seventh in takeaways in the NFL.

Del Rio parlayed that success, along with his work as the Ravens linebackers coach before that, into becoming the replacement for Coughlin in Jacksonville. He only compiled a 68-71 record over nine years, but his defenses were typically stout. 2010 and 2011 were the exception, not the rule.

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Posted on: January 25, 2012 9:43 am
Edited on: January 25, 2012 10:41 am
 

Report: Sherman, Chud getting 2nd Bucs interview

By Will Brinson

Only two head-coaching vacancies remain: the Colts and the Buccaneers. Indy got a late start on their search so it's not surprising Jim Irsay's still looking. But things are getting a little weird for the Bucs, who whiffed on landing Chip Kelly from Oregon.

They're now backpeddling and are reportedly focusing in on former Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman and Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski.

The Tampa Bay Times Stephen F. Holder wrote on Wednesday that barring another mystery candidate like Kelly emerging, it looked like a "one-horse race" for the Bucs gig with Sherman the only pony on the track. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Sherman will interview for the second time with the Bucs on Wednesday.

However, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer writes that according to the "buzz around Mobile" at the Senior Bowl, Chudzinski is also getting a second look with the Buccaneers. (Chud is in Mobile along with the Panthers coaching staff, but not talking to anyone.)

Panthers head coach Ron Rivera is, and he sounds like he'd like the Bucs to wrap up their search already.

"We've heard nothing. Hopefully, we'll hear something by the end of the week," Rivera said, per Person. "We do know, from what I hear, they've brought in somebody for a second interview. So we'll see what happens."

The Bucs waiting until Wednesday to regroup and start interviewing candidates for the second time shows pretty clearly that they were all-in on Kelly, in case that wasn't obvious by what happened on Sunday evening.

Sherman, Chud Marty Schottenheimer, Wade Phillips, Brad Childress, and Mike Zimmer were the only known candidates for the job in Tampa Bay. (Phillips withdrew his name from consideration.)

Earlier Wednesday, Sherman was the only guy with a second interview coming and appeared to be the proverbial leader in the clubhouse. But it might have been just the end of the (also proverbial) third round.

Chud's now getting a second look and Chilly, Schottey or, um, Zimmy could all end up getting a second look too.

Or another shocking name could emerge out of nowhere; given how off the radar the Glazers and Mark Dominik kept Kelly's name until the last minute, it wouldn't be that surprising.

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Posted on: January 24, 2012 8:43 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2012 7:03 am
 

Raiders hire Broncos DC Dennis Allen

Bruce Allen has been hired to be Oakland's next coach (US Presswire).

By Josh Katzowitz


Dennis Allen, the former defensive coordinator of the Broncos, has been hired to be the next Raiders head coach, CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman has confirmed (the news was originally reported by Fox’s Jay Glazer).

Reports out of Oakland suggested Allen had done well in his two interviews with the Oakland front office and that early favorite Winston Moss, the Packers assistant head coach, had not.

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In his only season as the head of Denver’s defense, he helped lead a unit that propped up quarterback Tim Tebow for the last half of the season and allowed the Broncos to win the AFC West and beat the Steelers in the first round of the postseason.

Glazer writes that the two sides still have to negotiate a deal, but with Allen, the Raiders will get a coach whose defense finished in the bottom half of the league standings but who was lauded for the improvements his unit made in the final half of the season.

Although Moss -- who knows new Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie quite well from their days together in Green Bay, leading to the speculation that he had a good chance of landing the job -- seemingly fell out of favor during the interviewing process, Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg reportedly had a good shot at landing the job.

The Raiders also interviewed Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice and former Dolphins defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, while Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy declined his chance to interview.

Considering former owner Al Davis was such a big proponent of hiring offensive-minded coaches (see: Hue Jackson, Tom Cable, Lane Kiffin, Art Shell, Norv Turner, Bill Callahan, Jon Gruden, etc.), seeing a defensive-minded coach hired is an interesting concept.

It shows that Mark Davis, Al Davis’ son who is now in charge, will take a different tact than this father. Only time will tell whether this new path is the beginning of a Raiders resurgence or if Al Davis had the right idea the whole time.

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