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January 26, 2012 @ 10:44 am
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REPORT: Bucs Close To Naming Schiano As Head Coach

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Numerous reports have linked Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano to the Buccaneers' head-coaching vacancy. ESPN reported Schiano and Tampa Bay are in the process of working out contract details.
As the last NFL team without a head coach, the Buccaneers' nearly month-long search may soon be coming to an end. Last Sunday, Oregon coach Chip Kelly was very close to becoming Tampa Bay’s next coach before backing out at the last minute, and now reports of another college coach – Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano – will be hired as Tampa Bay’s ninth coach in franchise history.

Schiano’s name came out of the blue on Monday morning and was first reported by WDAE 620’s Darek Sharp around 9:30 a.m. WDAE and Sharp did not confirm that the hiring was imminent. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Schiano would be the Buccaneers next coach after the Glazers received a glowing endorsement from Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Schiano reportedly also interviewed with the St. Louis Rams earlier in January. The Buccaneers did not return calls to PewerReport.com to either confirm or deny the report.

Schiano’s coaching career began as a graduate assistant with Rutgers and Penn State before becoming the Nittany Lions’ defensive backs coach in 1991. After five seasons in Happy Valley, Schiano joined the professional coaching ranks with the Chicago Bears serving as a defensive assistant with the Bears for three seasons before joining the Miami Hurricanes as their defensive coordinator for two seasons beginning in 1999.

As the top defensive play-caller in Miami, the Hurricanes were 12th in the NCAA in scoring defense then the following season finished 5th in the nation. The improvement and defensive style of the Hurricanes caught the attention of the administration at Rutgers University, and in 2001, Schiano was named the Scarlet Knights head coach.

After a rough start at Rutgers, Schiano turned the lowly Scarlet Knights program around, and since 2006, he has a 49-28 record including a 5-1 bowl record. Schiano helped Rutgers to its first bowl win in school history, a 37-10 triumph over the Josh Freeman-led Kansas State Wildcats in the Texas Bowl in 2006. Rutgers finished 12th in the polls that year, which is the highest final ranking in school history.

Schiano won the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year award, the Walter Camp Coach of the Year award, the Home Depot Coach of the Year award, the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year award and the Big East Coach of the Year award in 2006 after leading the Scarlet Knights to a university-best 11-2 record.

Schiano's overall record at Rutgers is 68-67 and the Scarlet Knights have been in bowl games in six of the last seven years.

Schiano has helped several of his Scarlet Knights make a successful transition to the NFL, including running back Ray Rice (Baltimore), cornerback Devon McCourty (New England), wide receiver Kenny Britt (Tennessee) and guard Jeremy Zuttah (Tampa Bay), defensive end George Johnson (Tampa Bay) among others.

PewterReport.com will have more on this story as it develops.

– Scott Reynolds contributed to this report
Last modified on Thursday, 26 January 2012 13:02
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    i'm done with the bucs
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    I think the years that he stayed at rutgers and the program he try to stay focus. Anytime the team stays focus results are abound.I WISH THE SUCCESS THAT HE DESERVES AND SO TO THE BUCS AND ALL THE FANS AROUND THE WORLD. I hope he loads up the talent at the coaching positions so Tampa can get on the right track from day one at training camp. I think he will get rid of the players that will not confind to the job of being the best he can- I HOPE THAT THE NEW COACH WILL CONVINCE THE GREAT RHONDA BARBER TO COME BACK IN 2012 TRO BE PART OF THE TURN AROUND OF THE TEAM. LETS SEE IF TAMPA CAN WIN 8 OR MORE VICTORIES THE COACH FIRST YEAR. GO BUCS
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    Horse - You've been big on this "Coaching" comment. We have to have a combination of talent and coaching. I would say we had more coaching than talent last year and they both fell apart last year. Without talent its not going to happen in the NFL no matter who the coach is. Bucfan is right... this guy has no hope if we don't bring more talent to this team both in the draft and free agency.
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    ehinote, disagree. Yes you are correct about me being "big" on coaching. It's much easier to win with good coaching and so- so players and much worse the other way around. Just my opinion.
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    YES YES YEAH YES YES!!! This is who I wanted from the very beginning! I called it! Go Bucs! Great pick! I LOVE THIS TEAM!!!
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    I'll admit that I haven't watched every game Rutgers has played, so I don't know everything about Schiano. However, what I do know is that the guy took a terrible Rutgers program and made them a contender for their conference every season, and has been courted or mentioned for every big-time college opening for the last few years. We need a coach who demands discipline, and Schiano supposedly does that. I believe he and the Glazers will be looking for top-notch coordinators to provide him with the support a college coach will need. I was not at all excited about the other coaching candidates out there, so I am 100% okay with the front office taking a chance on a successful college over a middle-of-the-pack former NFL coach.
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    Well that was a curve ball and outta the box coach Greg Schiano Im in.. And as always Ill be behind you LOUD AS HELL on defense... Lets Go Bucs.. Time to Move Forward.......
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    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/florida-law-turn-ballparks-homeless-shelters-151458504.html looks like new bums may be in Ray J this year.
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    Agree with you. Maybe it's the lack of talent, maybe it's not. But the perception around the league, with a recent article written by PR, is that many coaches feel the Bucs have a real lack of talent overall on the roster. I do feel coaching played a role but have always felt the Bucs were in trouble once the Glazers went into the rebuilding project with Raheem and company with no experience. I felt it was the cheap way to go when they SHOULD have hired a guy with experience to handle the daunting task of trying to not only COACH a team and win, but also attempt to rebuild a team at the same time. I'm not near as sold as you appear to be that this team has talent. This team needs a lot of work to be competitive in a division that only seems to get better each year. They cannot afford to continue missing on draft picks and having players not DEVELOP based on their selections in the draft. Clayborn looks like a nice draft pick. It's hard to see many other younger players reaching superstar status on this roster. I have a hard time seeing it. Freeman has a lot to prove next season. Let's face it, you can't win without a franchise QB. If he doesn't show he can be the guy, it could be a long time before we see winning again given how many solid QB's we now have in the NFC South. Tampa has a real problem trying to fill the CB, WR, and RB position all in one off-season. I'm not sure who I'd select at #5.
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    bucfan47, if it was me I would draft the highest rated player between CB,LB, RB. OL. What I would prefer is that we drop down 10-12 spots for an additional 3rd round pick. I also believe we could do the same in the 2nd round with the 36th pick and trade down 10-12 spots for another additional 3rd round pick. We could then fill a lot of holes with 5 picks in the first three rounds.
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    It's going to be hard for them to pass on Claiborn I think when it all boils down to it, given their need at CB. To me that position is the greatest NEED. If they can trade down they probably will and one really cannot argue that's not the best move. They need players. One superstar isn't going to get this team back to winning. It's going to take many pieces to complete the puzzle. I'm all for trading down if they can get some value. If not, stay put and take the best player available and this year it so happens they will have the best players available match their positions of need. So the #5 pick will not be that difficult. If they stay put and select it's a matter of preference.
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    bucfan47, I agree.
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    Schefter just tweeted a done deal at 5 year.......hopefully he brings in Marc Trestman as OC
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    I'm fine with this hire. At least he might help the defense and that's really what we need. The Patriots wouldn't have even been able to keep up with the points being put up against us last year. I think the offense needs to improve, but the defense is where it needs to come together the most.
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    I'm on board with the hire, assuming the deal gets done. I'm more interested to see what Schiano can do compared to Sherman. The Glazers were thinking a bit outside the box with this search and that's a good thing. For all we know Schiano might be the next great head coach. You never know until you take the chance. I'll give the Glazers credit for going after Kelly with a reported big salary, it shows they weren't necessarily bargin shopping. The one piece of information I would be leary about is the endorsement from Belichick. Belichick doesn't strike me as the type of guy that would give an accurate opinion of someone he'll eventually compete against.
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    Tired of the Glazer crap!!...because of them we won a SB! This guy if in fact this is true might be a good fit...he is used to the young players and is a no nonsense coach that will get in there faces to motivate. And please stop with the Bilick crap too...he cant even call a game without sounding like an idiot!
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    bucfan47, disagree about hiring a college coach to improve better quality draft picks. The players aren't that bad, it was the coaching that was bad. Other teams figured us out last year and adjusted; we did neither. I do call that poor coaching. If it is Coaching in High School and College, then it's coaching in the NFL. Almost all players aren't special; coaches develop them into being special. There is a big difference between a good player and a special player. Just because a "special player" might come from a small college, it doesn't mean that he wasn't getting good coaching. It's all about the coaching and how they fit the player into their scheme.
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    Agree with you. Maybe it's the lack of talent, maybe it's not. But the perception around the league, with a recent article written by PR, is that many coaches feel the Bucs have a real lack of talent overall on the roster. I do feel coaching played a role but have always felt the Bucs were in trouble once the Glazers went into the rebuilding project with Raheem and company with no experience. I felt it was the cheap way to go when they SHOULD have hired a guy with experience to handle the daunting task of trying to not only COACH a team and win, but also attempt to rebuild a team at the same time. I'm not near as sold as you appear to be that this team has talent. This team needs a lot of work to be competitive in a division that only seems to get better each year. They cannot afford to continue missing on draft picks and having players not DEVELOP based on their selections in the draft. Clayborn looks like a nice draft pick. It's hard to see many other younger players reaching superstar status on this roster. I have a hard time seeing it. Freeman has a lot to prove next season. Tampa has a real problem trying to fill the CB, WR, and RB position all in one off-season. I'm not sure who I'd select at #5.
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    The key to his success with be his OC and DC selections. If he brings those selections from college with no NFL experience - FAIL. The learning curve is too great. I'm hoping he taps some NFL resources to bring in coordinators with NFL experience. It's almost a must.
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    His game management is more than suspect. This hire blows chunks..If it were ManU needing a new coach would this be the direction they would go ? I think not...These are band aide owners and although I don't buy into the cheap talk as some it is just a matter of NO football sense whatsoever. The Glazer Girls are followers not leaders and only do enough to get buy.
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    This sounds like a comment that someone who knew nothing about Rutgers football or Shiano in general would make. I was at Rutgers when he coached there and if you had ANY idea how insanely difficult of a job it was to turn what Rutgers used to be into what it is now you might change your tune. He always lost recuits in NJ to other major programs, especially Penn State, yet he was able to turn average players into special talents. Ray Rice, Kenny Britt, etc... Heck Rice even credits Shiano for turing his game around. I'm actually pissed he's leaving Rutgers. He is a no nonsense coach who is not affraid to bench or cut players who get out of line. He has been courted by several higher profile college teams and some NFL teams, but has always stayed loyal to the Scarlet Knights and Jersey (where he is from). He's not looking for the biggest, or sweetest gig around. When he gives his loyalty to something it can't be questioned. He won't be looking to jump ship like Saban or Petrino. A college coach is always a gamble. But this is a better hire than any of the former HCs we were looking at. They say the Bucs did their homework, so I guess we will wait and see. But dismissing a guy because you don't know anything about him is a little over the top.
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    If he brings the same level of passion and energy here that he's apparently had at Rutgers, it gives this franchise a chance. I'm all for him and definitely agree he's a better hire than C.K.
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    Who really knows at this point? I would have rather seen them hire Marty S., as I think this team needs someone with many years of NFL experience for about 3-5 years to turn this roster around, but I guess they are thinking a college coach will improve their chances at getting better quality draft picks. Let's face it, if this team doesn't draft well, doesn't start spending some money if/when needed to acquire a player or two, then the coach will not matter. He will fail just like Raheem was setup to do. The talent on this team is the problem, and that's exactly why no quality coach was beating down the doors at One Buccaneer Place to climb on board. It's certainly one of the most difficult jobs in the NFL right now when you think about the NFC South division. You'd just about rather coach any place else. So my hats off to this guy for agreeing to come. I wish him well.
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    bucfan47, disagree about hiring a coach to improve better quality draft picks. The players aren't that bad, it was the coaching that was bad. Other teams figured us out last year and adjusted; we did neither. I do call that poor coaching. If it is Coaching in High School and College, then it's coaching in the NFL. Almost all players aren't special; coaches develop them into being special. There is a big difference between a good player and a special player. Just because a "special player" might come from a small college, it doesn't mean that he wasn't getting good coaching. It's all about the coaching and how they fit the player into their scheme.
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    Horse - You've been big on this "Coaching" comment. We have to have a combination of talent and coaching. I would say we had more coaching than talent last year and they both fell apart last year. Without talent its not going to happen in the NFL no matter who the coach is. Bucfan is right... this guy has no hope if we don't bring more talent to this team both in the draft and free agency.
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    Word is that Butch Davis is the DC. I'm loving this so far.
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    you have a source for that?
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    I hope they make Singletary the DC and Sherman the OC because of his inexperience in the NFL (something he did in the NFL 15 years ago for a couple years doesn't mean jack in the NFL). I am holding off any opinion until it is clear who the coaching staff will be. Go Bucs! Let it start now.
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    Good coach. Very good hire
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    Scraping the bottom of the barrel. Wow. Guess the rest of NFL coaches are on to how the Glazers do business. Oh well. I'll go back to rooting for my Giants and Broncos. F
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    Do your research, then make an opinion. I was at Rutgers during his tenure, you need to look into this hire more...
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    disaster a sinking ship
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    Don't know anything about this guy. Is this a good move??? I still am not very optomistic about the outlook. Mainly because the coaching staff won't matter much when the owners don't spend any money in free agency to improve weaknesses.
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    This is a very promising move. Having first hand knowledge of what Shiano did at Rutgers with what he had to work with.... He's impressive. He turned down several other higher profile jobs in order to stay loyal to Rutgers (where he is from). He developed Ray Rice, Keny Britt and a host of others. It's always a gamble hiring a college coach, but this is very promising.
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    might be a good pick,depend on who he hire for oc an dc .
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    Great that we may finally have a coach. Also pleased to read that nobody is immediately shredding the Bucs for their choice. I'm sure the calls about the 'cheap Glazers' making another losing decision will come out of the woodwork sooner rather than later though.... Now off to get some professional co-ordinators!
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    if he makes more than 3.5 million a year there is no way they can call the Bucs cheap with a straight face. They were going to give Kelly 6 million per year.
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    Good choice. A no nonsense coach, which is just what we need. Ask the 2 Rutgers alumni on the Bucs, Zuttah and G Johnson. I have followed this team since my early teen years
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    I'm a Rutgers Alumnus and I like this hire.
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    The Bill Belichick endorsement hasn't always been GOLD, however.... turning around a young, albeit, college team, does speak well towards what's possible for the Bucs. He's not a "retread", which I also like. My only real concern is his ability to get coordinators and other coaches hired.
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    This is a better hire than what most will give it credit for. He has NFL exp, he is a major upgrade over Morris as a DC. (And I'm a morris supporter). He's a take no crap coach also he will be able to push these young players. The thing that will make or break him as a coach will be who is bought in as a OC.
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    well this is a helluva alot better than Sherman, I would rather give a young college coach a try then some retread failure like Sherman. So, I guess I'm ok with it. "Go Bucs"!
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    Interesting. I'm in. The over/under for hiring a coach was week six. I hope in the future, we can look within our own organization for ringing endorsements. Go Bucs!
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    I"ve heard different times when people (experts) were asked which college coaches would be good NFL guys, Greg was always mentioned in the top 3. Interesting.
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    Pluses are he has experience turning a no talent losing team with no self-confidence into a winner! Also like that he's a defensive coach.
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    Wow talk about out of the blue - I have no idea how I feel about this.
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    once you look into it more, you'll be happy. Trust me.
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    What is goning on in the front office with the Bucs???
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    Beats the crap out of Mike Sherman being the head coach. In fact, considering the alternatives at this point, I think its a great hire. He will bring discipline, and seems to be a no nonsense coach. Now if they can get someone in here to take over the personel decisions, and take the check book away from Dominik; we may break 500 in the next 3 years.
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    Hmm... not sure what to think. I really like what he has done at Rutgers, but not sure if that translates well to the NFL. He's a defensive guy, which I like, but it would be nice to have a Rob Chudzinski innovative type to help this offense. I want Freeman to have all the support he can get, so he will either succeed or fail without excuse. Chudz could really help maximize his abilities. Not sure about this plan, but it wouldn't be the worst option.
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