Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano has developed a dubious reputation in NFL circles according to Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports.
Schiano was perceived as a disrespectful bully by NFL talent evaluators while he was at Rutgers. He was viewed as “unaccommodating, intimidating and downright disrespectful.
In conversations with nearly a dozen NFL general managers, personnel executives, scouts and coaches familiar with Schiano’s time at Rutgers, Silver detected an almost unprecedented degree of resentment and disdain for a man who has yet to coach his third professional game. They believe his decision to instruct his defenders to blow up the Giants’ line and lunge at quarterback Eli Manning in a typically uncontested scenario was indicative of the unapologetic arrogance that made Rutgers a notoriously dreaded stop on most scouts’ itineraries during his tenure. In the words of one NFC personnel executive, “It was pure misery.”
As one veteran NFL coach said of Schiano earlier this week, “It’s his way or [expletive] you. He needs to back up a little bit, or he’s going to have a very hard time in this league over the long haul.”
Schiano may not care, but rightly or wrongly, a whole lot of experienced NFL talent evaluators have already stereotyped him as a self-centered autocrat who doesn’t respect the game. You might say that they’ve put him in a box.
If he wants to escape it, now would be a great time to start.