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January 26, 2012 @ 2:11 pm
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It's Official: Schiano's The One For The Bucs

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The Buccaneers signed Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano to a five-year deal on Thursday, making him the ninth head coach in franchise history. Schiano is expected to bring leadership, discipline and structure to the youngest team in the NFL.
After 24 days of a coaching search that consisted primarily of retread NFL head coaches and unproven coordinators, Tampa Bay hopes it has found the person who will return the franchise to respectability as Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano was named the ninth head coach in Buccaneers’ franchise history. Schiano signed a five-year deal, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, but the financial terms remain unknown.

The Bucs had been discussing contract figures with Oregon's Chip Kelly, who ultimately turned down the job on Sunday night, and were reportedly willing to offer as much as $6 million per season. Schiano was making over $2 million per season at Rutgers.

Schiano has been targeted by NFL teams in the past, most recently by St. Louis where Bucs general manager Mark Dominik's close friend, Kevin Demoff, is the Rams chief operating officer. NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora said the Bucs' coaching search had come down to three finalists – Schiano, former Green Bay and Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman and Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski.

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 fifth 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.

The endorsement of Schiano by Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is thought to have a major impact on the decision to bring him to Tampa Bay.

MyCentralJersey.com reported on the relationship between Belichick and Schiano earlier this year. Belichick is obviously a fan of the Schiano.

“Coach Schiano, I have a good relationship with him and anytime he’s told me anything, it’s always been 100 percent accurate,” Belichick said. “A player that he’s familiar with, I would definitely want to take the opportunity to get his opinion and see what he thinks because of his experience and the amount of respect I have for him. He does a great job with that program and the kids that come out of there that play in the NFL, usually end up playing (for a long time) in the NFL.

“A lot of colleges get guys drafted or signed or whatever. I’d say that program, most of those kids when they’re on a team, they end up making a team. That’s a credit to what he puts them through for four or five years there in terms of preparation for the National Football League, assuming they have enough talent to be competitive. He does a good job of that.”

Belichick marveled at how productive the Rutgers players that have made it to the NFL have become.

“I’m just saying when you walk through the Rutgers facility, you look at the names — there aren’t too many guys who have come out of there that have gotten cut,” Belichick said. “Once they get to a team, they usually end up sticking on a team. I guess it kind of just, one of those things you sort of notice and then you take a closer look at it and it’s pretty much what it is.”


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), guard Jeremy Zuttah (Tampa Bay) and defensive end George Johnson (Tampa Bay) among others.

The hiring of Schiano came out of left field but shouldn’t come as too big of a surprise as the Glazers have always been very private and secretive in past head coaching hires, literally trading for Jon Gruden from the Oakland Raiders in the middle of the night. Many thought after Oregon's Kelly had a change of heart on Sunday that former Packers coach Mike Sherman would win the job by default, but the Glazers and general manager Mark Dominik, who reportedly have been in contact with Schiano over the past two weeks, had other ideas.

Schiano inherits a football team that went 4-12 last year and finished the season with 10 straight losses. The Bucs have a franchise-caliber quarterback in Josh Freeman, who played against Schiano and Rutgers in the 2006 Texas Bowl, but need to get Freeman to play closer to mistake-free football as he did in 2010 when he threw 25 touchdowns and just six interceptions. Last year, Freeman faltered in his third season and threw a career-high 22 interceptions and tossed just 16 touchdowns.

The defensive-minded Schiano will also preside over a defense that features several premium draft picks in defensive tackles Gerald McCoy and Brian Price and defensive ends Adrian Clayborn and Da'Quan Bowers, as well as Mason Foster, who led the team in tackles as a rookie middle linebacker. The Bucs defense finished last in the NFL in scoring defense, rushing defense and total defense in 2011.

According to sources the Buccaneers are impressed with Schiano's ability to turn the Rutgers program around and also his defensive background. The Buccaneers were also impressed with not just his success on the field but also several factors off the field.

The Rutgers football program achieved the nation’s number one ranking in Academic Progress Rate in 2010 and the nation’s number two mark in 2011. The historic accomplishment continues a trend for the Rutgers football program of success both in the classroom and on the playing field.

For the fourth consecutive year, the Rutgers football team was ranked in the top three nationally in multi-year APR rates, becoming the only university in the entire nation to earn such a prestigious honor. The Scarlet Knights, who secured the nation’s top APR multi-year figure (992) in 2010, continued their model of success and achievement in the classroom with a multi-year APR figure of 988 in 2011.
 
Schiano was also instrumental in the expansion and renovation of the Hale Center facilities to include Interactive digital classrooms, computer lab, video room and 150-seat theater for use with game preparation and academics.

The Bucs are known to have interviewed 10 candidates for their head-coaching vacancy, including Schiano, Kelly, Sherman, Chudzinski, Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray, former Minnesota head coach Brad Childress, former NFL head coach Marty Schottenheimer, Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements, Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, who was recently hired by Miami to be the Dolphins head coach.

– Scott Reynolds contributed to this report

Last modified on Thursday, 26 January 2012 14:24
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    So let me get this straight. Schiano is the guy because his team lost twice to Arizona State (which sucks by the way) in Bowl Games. I hope the Bucs schedule contains a bunch of teams worse than Arizona State...
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    Scubog I rerread your post and I stand corrected.
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    JRWilson 85: Not sure why you grouped me with Roland who seems to be the only poster objecting. I made no comment whatsoever on the choice of our new HC. But to set the record straight. I like the hire and am looking forward to the off-season. Regarding my tongue in cheek post that you obviously misinterpreted. I was complimenting the Glazers about their clandestine methods that kept the media off of their trail. But hey, thanks for regurgitating the facts that are well publicized.
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    Ok I'll admitt that I am not an expert on Rutgers or Greg Schiano. Other than the way they have manhandled USF over the last few years and have evolved into a contender, I simply focus on Gators and Seminoles a little more. The SEC and and local programs are all I can keep up with. So I will take the praise of many posters, and try to trust the Glazers and Dom once again for inspiration and renewed enthusiasm over this hire. Three quick points concern me. One, How bad are the Buc's, and how much potential do they have in terms of Talent. Second, Will the Glazers expect Schiano to develop this team with "Smoke and Mirrors" or will they buy him some help? Finally will some of the "Personalities" and under-achievers we have on this team undermine the most sincere efforts to rebuild this franchise. It is day 1 and no one knows what day 2 will produce. Should be an adventure......... Go Bucs
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    Roland your a nut bag, he coached for the bears for three yrs. He had 2 top 11 defenses when he was at the U and the guy comes highly recommended from some respected sources, and when I was in high school Rutgers was seriously one of the worst squads in the nation. Schiano turned them around and competely flipped the culture, am I saying he is gonna be awsome "no" but he might be, but that is the same risk that you take with anybody you hire yeah a lot of coaches that come from college dont turn out to hot, but the same can be said of a allot guys that come from other tams in the NFL where they were coordinators. There are no guarantees, I mean even "the hoodie" was a bust in Cleveland so dont be a hater because allot of us our excited because Schiano fits the Criteria of what we feel the team needs. I think we have talent and with the addition of another LB, a CB maybe a guard, a healthy Grimm and Tanard with a whole off season, a change of pace RB and deep threat wr we can be really good. Now I know this list seems long but really it is pretty attainable here is how- sign Desean Jackson and one of the New Orleans guards( both are FA's and they can only afford one) then draft Claiborne from LSU no.5 rnd 1then L. James from Oregon or Zach Brown LB from NC with the no.4 in rnd 2(if both are there i go Brown) Then in the 3rd go with a speedy back if you went Brown or a LB if you took James. Withe the 5, 6 and 7 add depth to the Spec Teams. We were 10-6 and have guys that needed the off season they missed last year. I watch every game and really believe that we have the players to be competitive it was just a down hill spiral they got caught in last tear but This squad beat the saints and Atlanta last year and beat the Saints the year before and should have beat the Falcons twice but they lacked accountability and focus, How many 3rd down penalties killed us and i mean on both off and def that comes back to coaching, I dont think they will make those mistakes with a disciplinarian like Schiano in charge. This team has the bones to be tight Adrian Clayborn is good and Dequan Bowers really came on when he was given opputunities if Price has a off season to get himself in shape and back down to his playing wieght and McCoy can not tear a biceps then we have a rock hard Dline give the LBs another weapon like a Zach Brown who will slip because of potential attitude problems( that will be fixed by a guy like Schiano) get Clayborn with Talib(hopefully not locked up) and Biggers as the nickel then a healthy Grim and Tanard who is one of the best FS in the league when he is right, and the D is stacked. And if Free has a deep threat and a RB that he can dump too if needed and we add another pro bowl caliber guard we can really get up and down the field so I have a good feeling about what we can be and in a hurry. GO BUCS
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    To Roland and scubog!!! I am glad we have Bucs fans with such bravery. I think it's called "The bravery of being out of range!" First off Roland get your facts right. Harbaugh didn't play 15 years in the league, only 7 and for 4 different teams the Bears (Who drafted him number 26 overall), the Colts, the Ravens and the Chargers. Harbaugh is an excellent coach regarless. He acted like a real lout when he lost last weekend to the Giants. He snubbed Coach Coflin after the game and refused to give an interview after the game. I imagine the commissioner will have something to say about that. It was very unprofessional and showed immaturity in my opinion. I guess you guys know more about football than Bill Bellichek. I watched Shiano coach a lot for the last 10 years and I was impressed greatly and I'm not easy to impress. I will be surprised if he doesn't do very well. When he arrived at Rutgers, the pantry was bare. They hadn't been to a bowl since 1978 where they lost to Arizona State 34-18. Under Schiano they played in 6 bowls winning 5 of the 6. Fittingly the first bowl game under Schiano was against Arizona State, which Rutgers lost 45-40 (a much stronger showing than in 78), that initial bowl in 05 was followed by victories in 06, 07, 08, 09 and 11. When Schiano arrived, not only was Rutgers totally devoid of talent, but had been in a culture of losing for over 2 decades. To right that ship was no small task and it wasn't going to happen overnight. The Bucs have not been in a culture of losing and are not totally devoid of talent. In fact they have a lot of key ingredients in place, all they need is a steady hand to guide them and teach them how to work hard and be professionals. I think in the end scubog and roland will even be won over, because Schiano is a winner!!!!
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    I think this is a hire we're going to have to let play out, he had a good enough record in the college ranks, but this is going to come down to the choices for our OC and DC. If we can get some good coaches in to aid Schiano with the transition then just maybe we can get this team moving, pending a good draft and a good run at free agency.
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    As the ETrade baby says, "Let me show you my shocked face". No, I'm not that shocked at the Glazer's choice for our new HC. I'm shocked that this group of cynics is in agreement with it. Whomever masterminded this plan is a genius. Make the media and fans think you are actually considering hiring Mike Sherman to lower their expectations. Then wham; you hire another guy out of the blue. Everybody (except Roland) is happy and just thrilled it isn't Mr. Sherman. Que the Secret Agent Man theme song.
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    Happy Happy Happy.............New season....
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    Since none of you seem to have the guts to point all of this out... Schiano is the guy at Rutgers for OVER A DECADE who can't win the Big East despite sending tons of players to the NFL (And he only started recruiting well when Syracuse fell off leaving him local talent). It took Schiano just 5 YEARS TO GET TO HIS 5TH WIN at Rutgers. I'm sure he'll turn us around quick though!! Schiano is no Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh played 15 years in the NFL. This guy made it one year as a water-boy and one year as a DB coach for his entire NFL career. Sciano's biggest win at Rutgers WAS THE 2006 TEXAS BOWL. And I really wish I could make this stuff up... He went 1-6 in the Big Least 2 years ago... 1-6. ONE DASH SIX! This is a bad joke. I mean really, would anyone be happy if he was hired to replace Skip Holtz at USF... NO ONE WOULD. His hiring is a big joke. Our GM is a big joke. This "organization" has become a big joke. It is a SAD DAY to be a Bucs fan. And it's just as sad that far to many of us won't realize this is a FARCE. shenanigans. Shenanigans. SHENANIGANS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    I like this guy never even thought about him.Now we need a good staff to go with him.I like him the best out of anybody we had in there including chip kelly.This was definitely a good choice it took alittle more time then it should of but we have the guy now lets rock n roll.Good job bucs!!
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    Well guys this is my second comments on this new hired. I think that the team,the fans and the tampa-St Pete-Clearwater area is just what the Dr Order. I have no clue which Tampa will go in the draft. In thought about what I've seen at senior bowl practices. I would get that Top CB from LSU if he is available, I like in the @nd Rd at pick NO#2 a top offensive guard or tackle like Cordy Glenn with his long arms, and in round if available RB from Boise st, or one of those young Corners or MLB with 3rd pick, Tampa will now spend the money to bring in Top FA to fill in where they don't get from this year Draft. I can't wait to see who he gets-GO BUCS
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    I also am pleasantly surprised, I think this will be good hire. I think we definately go with claiborne at no.5 there is no way they take richardson there is no reason to go that high for a back when we have blount already, now dont get me wrong i am not huge on blount but going super high for a rb is just not smart especially a pounder that doesnt really play on 3rd down. look at the best rbs in the league they are all over as far as their draft position, it just doesnt make sense to go for richardson when we have a huge need at cb. We could possiablt lose both starting corners this off season with Ronde maybe retiring and Talib going on trial. I say we go CB from LSU then get James from Oregon with our second rounder then maybe safety or lb in the 3rd also need to make a run at D jackson from Philly if we could add him and James as well as one of the 3 premier guards that will be on the market our offense is gonna be legit real fast. Lets go bucs and FIRE DEM CANNONS!!!!
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    I think that this a a great hire. It sure beats hiring any of the old fart retreads that were available. Thank god they did not hire Childress, Sherman or any of the other unsuccessful ex head coaches out there. Schottenheimer was the only valid ex coach available and decided to go to the Rams as Offensive Co-ordiantor. Now of premium importance is if the Glazers let Schiano bring in his own co-ordinators and not pick them for him. We all know how well that worked with Bates and Jadzinski for Raheem Rutgers has been a pretty competitive college team but as we know the NFL is a different situation. I am glad it is a defensive minded coach because the Bucs defense sucked pretty bad last year. Hopefully he will gain the respect of the players and instill some discipline. He just has to remember that dealing with college kids is quite different from NFL players. Way to go Glazers. I am gaining backl a little bit of confidence in your decisions. There might be hope for this this team yet.
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    I like Schiano as the coaching choice. He is a defensive minded coach as stated by many below. One thing I am sure of is this, THIS TEAM WILL HAVE AN IDENTITY! Schiano's team have always been physical, and tough minded. We will also be a run oriented team. One of Schiano's mottos at Rutgers is "Keep Chopping Wood". We will run the ball, play tough D, and hit with bad intentions. The only concerns are will the Glazers spend (I don't see how they can't). If they don't Ray Jay may be empty. The other concern is fan patience, cause this is not turning around overnight. I think we have hit bottom, so the upswing starts today. GO BUCS!
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    Really starting to like this hire, so glad we didn't go PAC 10 or BIG 12 with a coaching choice, not that the BIG EAST is special, but they play football on both sides of the ball. Secondly, this guy knows talent, real leader that I could hear from Jeremy Zuttah. As far as the draft, I hope they go with Claiborne from LSU, those who are asking for someone else if he is available has not watched this guy. He will make the defense better and has kick return potential, he is the reason, LSU could let the honey badger roam and make plays. Anuway, Let's Go BUCS, fire those cannons.
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    Can't wait to hear all the praise from former player Zuttah! Please hurry, Jeremy. Admit I was not impressed with all previous candidates, except the Head Duck. Clearly, innovation comes from the college ranks - as well as the ability to flex with 70-80 kids at a time. We only have @55 ... best of luck Coach!
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    Ctbuc hit the nail on the head. Coach Shiano needs some help through free agency. The Bucs needs are greater than we can pick up through the draft alone. We need 2 CBs, 3 O-line (RT, LG, C), LBs (Will, Mike, Sam), TE, WR, RB. The key is to get at least 4 to 5 players through free agency. High profile Corners, linemen and Linebackers will cost. I'd say go Offense early in the draft. Say 1. Trent Richardson-RB-Ala 2. Gordy Glenn LG-Ga, 3. Ladarius Green TE- La Layfayette. If we go MLB, we can move Mason Foster to will, which is more his natural position. I think coach Shiano will hire a top notch strength and conditioning coach. The biggest secret to his Rutgers success was the physical toughness of his teams. They didn't wear down in the 4th quarter. We should see the biggest improvement in our young defensive line, because the raw ability of this unit is off the charts.
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    I will endorse this hire if Sherman and Butch Davis are hired as coordinators! Then we are talking about some experience!
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    Ok i was a fan of getting Brian Billick here to coach and when i saw we hired this guy i checked him out Defense minded Ala Tony Dungy checked out what he did at Rutgers which is Impressive so i put away the defibrilator and calmed down i just hope the Glazers open up the Wallets and focus on this team and get it back to the top otherwise we will be back in this situation in another 3 years and this poor guy will get Blamed like Raheem did but we as the fans will point the finger at ownership and demend they sell the team who will care only about this team Good Luck Coach Schiano
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    What? I don't understand this hire at all. Bring back Raheem....
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    Well what a great surprise pick. I think that all bets are off who will be the first pick. But I think Tampa could select that powerful RB from Bama with pick #5, In selection in Rd-2 I wouldn't be surprise if they select the best WR that is left then the rest of the draft would be defensive players. If they don't select the RB they could select one of those big lineman. One of those lineman I love to see at Tampa is Cordy Glen from Univ of Georgia he is ausome on NFL network at senior bowl practice. GO BUCS
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    I see the Bucs developing a team much like the NY Giants under Schiano. If Trent Richardson drops to #5 in the draft, I see the Bucs taking him. This will give us an absurd running game and will make Freeman a dangerous play action passer. If Freeman is put into the same position that the Giants have put Eli Manning in we will be hard to handle. The right coaches are the key. Schiano is a planner and he is a worker. I am fired up with this hire.
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    Success depends on the coordinators he brings in. Jim Lee Howell, head coach of the 1958 Champion NY Giants, is hardly remembered, and said he had such great coordinators that all he had to do was make sure they had enough footballs at the practice field. He had Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry. I sure hope the Glazers do not make this new guy double as a coordinator and they bring in a proven successful QB coach the lack of which has contributed to Josh Freemans struggling. Drafting Josh Freeman in the 1st round (17th) and not hiring a good proven and experienced QB coach is like paying millions for a thoroughbred colt and letting a stable-hand train him. Bucs former QB coach, Alex Van Pelt, had two years field coaching experience with the Buffalo Bills where he was a back up QB winning two games. I certainly hope the Glazers insist that their new coach hire someone who can develop Freeman’s natural talent or they better look for a new QB on free agency. Unfortunately the way the Glazers are performing we can only hope.
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    Welcome to Tampa Bay Coach G. Schiano. I have done my own reseach on this coach and Im very empressed with what his has done.I fully support our new coach and also like that he is a Defense mind coach, Lets just hope that he gets whats needed from our owners & general manager to build this war ship the right way. GO BUCCS 2012 FIRE THEM CANNONS!!!!!!!
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    it is nice to see that here are no hates about that hiring. now the buccaneers can start their work. hope that they will be successful. Go Bucs
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    To bcrowel, I bet Coach Schiano does have power in player personel decisions. He had to have assurances, I am sure, before he would agree to take the job. Schiano is an ALPHA DOG all the way and I don't see him cowtying to anyone just to get a job. He already had a job making over 2 million a year. Schiano is no kid at 45 and he will not tolerate foolishness on or off the field. I am pleasantly surprised by the hire. Coach Schiano is the right age in life to make his mark in the NFL. Lucky for us Buc fans. People will see the character of this team arc upwardly. Schiano is also an uncanny evaluator of talent. His players are all over the NFL and doing well too.
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    The happiest person in Tampa may be Skip Holtz. USF just couldn't seem to get over the top against Rutgers. I have always had the utmost respect for Greg Schiano. What he accomplished at Rutgers was one of the greatest rebuilding jobs in NCAA history. Before Schiano, Rutgers was a door mat. Greg Sciano is a very cerebral man. He played linebacker at Bucknell which is a very good school academically. The Bucs will have to man up, because he won't except anything less than their best. Greg Schiano is a great teacher and I expect the Bucs to be fundamentally sound. He will not be friends with the players, He will be a disciplinarian. He is brutally honest and will have the respect of the players. We will see this team grow up under Greg Schiano. I will say also that Trent Richardson looks like a sure Buc if he's available at #5. Schiano has a run first mentality. With Richardson and Blount our running game will be devastaing. Great hire.
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    I'm not a big fan of hiring a college coach to a head coaching position in the NFL. However, out of all the coaches that can't make the transition, there are some that do. Schiano is a guy that appears to have the capability. Time will tell, but he's a disciplined coach with a good work ethic. It will be interesting to see who he brings in as his coordinators. He has respect in the NFL already and that may be a key factor in putting together his staff.
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    I wonder if FA Ray Rice would like to play for the Bucs now that his former college HC is now coaching the Bucs. Would be a sweet deal to get Ray Rice and draft Justin Blackmon if he gets the #5 pick. The Bucs might also draft Mohammad Sanu now at WR also since he is from Rutgers.
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    Hey Buc players; Enjoy the next two weeks off, then it will be time to get back to Tampa and start working out with the new program. All is forgiven, now it's time to prove what you can do with a new coach. Your draft position and salary no longer means anything; everyone starts fresh. Go Bucs! It starts now!
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    Hey Buc players; Enjoy the next two weeks off, the it will be time to get back to Tampa and start working out with the new program. All is forgiven, now it's time to prove what you can do with a new coach. Your draft position and salary no longer means anything; everyone starts fresh. Go Bucs! It starts now!
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    Picking a DC and OC is obviously critical at this point even more than the HC. There's nothing dynamic about Schiano so we'll see where we are in three years. I am definitely for trading down our 1st and 2nd round picks in order to gain more picks for this year and next year. Go Bucs! Now it begins!
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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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    Yes, I can breathe again....for now. The three year 'head coach is my best friend' vacation is officially over !!! 'The kick-in-the-pants' revolution has arrived....shape up or get out !!! I'm sick and tired of watching my 'Bucs suck year in, year out....hopefully this will be the move that gets us on the right path. Go 'Bucs !!!!
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    I Love the hire!!! But I am very hopeful that he puts togethor a strong staff... A head coach is only as good as his assistants.. P.S bring your good friend Belichick to call the defense.. Good Luck Greg
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    He turned around a struggling program. He has NFL experience so he knows the deal. I support the hire and hope he succeeds!
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    He took over Rutgers when it was at the bottom of the pile as are the Buc's. I guess we have to give him four to five years to turn this mess around. Now we can only hope the front office gives him the help he needs!
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    Thank God they didn't settle for Mike Sherman. He may fail but at least it's an interesting hire.
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    Could be worse, but i bet he has no power in personnel.
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    I'm very interested to see who he brings in as his offensive coordinator. That is going to play a huge role on the success of this team. We need an creative thinking OC. I think the defense will be in good hands.
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