The Reasons Behind Greg Schiano and What He Brings To the Buccaneers


Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano will be the next head coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

This is why he was selected:

1. The Buccaneers needed order and discipline. Davin Joseph recently spoke out concerning this, that some players were allowed to do what they want under Raheem Morris. Schiano’s strong leadership style has brought praise from Bill Belichick.

2. The Buccaneers are rebuilding. Schiano had to face an uphill battle going to a Rutgers football team in 2001 that had not had a winning season since 2002 and had never won a bowl game (appearing only once in 1978, defeated by Arizona State in the Garden State Bowl). Schiano’s Scarlet Knights went 5-1 in bowl games, including winning all of their last five. It makes more sense to bring in 45 year-old Schiano, than to bring in Marty Schottenheimer, who will probably hit 70 and want to retire by the time the team has turned around (he turns 70 next year). It’s good to have a coach make his pro debut and grow along with the players.

3. The time was right for Greg Schiano. Realistically, he had accomplished everything you could at a school in the Big East, when West Virginia still has the upper hand with recruiting. He was unlikely to ever win a BCS title, so he took on a bigger challenge with Tampa Bay.

What he brings:

1. Old-school, lunch pail mentality. Hard tackling will be instituted. Diva mentality and personal fouls will not be accepted. Rutgers was first in the Big East in points allowed in 2011 (18.8), was first in 2009 (17.4), and second in 2008 (18.5). They will run the ball (Ray Rice ran 910 times in three seasons).

2. The need for an offensive coordinator. While Schiano is born to be a head coach, and has a more than adequate defensive IQ (he was defensive backs coach with the Chicago Bears in the 90’s), he doesn’t know offense. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights set an NCAA record by allowing 61 sacks in 2010. They brought in a Mike McCarthy assistant to be offensive coordinator last year, Frank Cignetti. The offense he brought to the squad had elements of Bill Walsh and Don Coryell. In fact, if he could bring Frank Cignetti, that would be great. Rutgers threw for 2940 yards in 2011, up from 2328 in 2010.

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