General manager Mark Dominik’s opening statement
“As I look around I’m certainly proud of the players who have come to attend this today out of our current staff. I think that speaks volumes and I’m also very excited about coach Schiano and his family, and his family that is here with us including his parents and his wife. It is a big day for our organization. Coach Schiano is the new head football coach of our Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“Just getting to know the man and a little bit about him, having the opportunity to coach with the Chicago Bears and the experience he gained there. To see what he did at the University of Miami and what he did there, he turned that defense around. Then a guy who is willing to take on a struggling Rutgers football program – to turn that into a perennial winner – that right now that has played over 130 years and now has won five straight consecutive bowl games, the longest in the NCAA in terms of bowl victories, brings a lot of the reasons why he is here.
“A defensive fundamentalist. Structured, organized, disciplined. A very smart cerebral football coach. With the more chances we had to spend with him the more evident and more clear he was going to be the man who was going to lead our football team going forward. I’m very excited for his family. I had a chance to met with them today and what we like about that is coach Schiano is a family man and now he is a part of the Buccaneer family. With that I will turn it over to Joel Glazer. Co-chairman Joel Glazer’s statement
“Today we begin a new chapter of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and we are extremely excited about this new chapter. When we started this process several week ago we had said we were going to take our time, talk to a lot of people, we were going to go to all corners looking and talking to people, and we did that. We said we were not going to be pigeonholed in our decision making process. We were going to be methodical and go through and discuss a lot of things with a lot of different people.
“Looking back I am happy we did that. I say we learned lot from talking to a lot of different people, getting a lot of different perspectives, and also it gave us a lot of time along the way to reflect, check what was important to us, talk, make sure we were making the right decision, because it is a big decision. This is the person who is going to be leading our football team into the future. And it is a person who is going to be a very important person in the Tampa Bay community. So we wanted to make sure to pick the right person.
“In the end after talking to a lot of people, a lot of different perspectives we concluded that coach Schiano stood out. He stood out for many reasons. On a personal level he is a man of high character, work ethic. He is a family man – family is very important to him – he is a family man with a wonderful family that is here today. He is a man of stability. He has been at Rutgers for 11 years. In coaching that is rare. For one person who had opportunites to take off to go somewhere else when a different opportunity came along. That wasn’t coach Schiano. Went there and wanted to stay there and be stable. And community is very important to him. Being involved, giving back, all these aspects were critical to us in our next head coach.
“On a football front this is a person who came into a program and built it from the ground up. A program, that anybody you talked to, went in there, rolled up his sleeves, cut no corners, did the hard work that was necessary to put it where it is today. And he did it the right way. Bringing players in of high character, good work ethic, people that like football. He believes in fundamentals. In this day and age I think that gets overlooked. Fundamentals are important to him. And he commands the respect of his players. Anybody you talk to who has played for coach Schiano you will hear a common theme – tremendous respect. And he has a vision, a vision for what he wants to do and how he wants to coach football. We spoke to a lot of people in football. And the more and more people we spoke to whether it be college or pros or scouts – whatever it is – it was amazing the feedback we got on coach Schiano.
“This is a very exciting day for us. It is a very exciting day for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Looking forward very much for the future and the reason I am looking forward to the future is because of our new coach Greg Shiano. Head coach Greg Schiano’s opening statements
“Thank you Joel (Glazer). I want to first thank the whole Glazer family for this great opportunity and for having the confidence in me to (be) named your head football coach. To Mark Dominik throughout the process (was) a huge reason why I felt comfortable [that] this was the place. Just the ability to communicate [between] he and I [and] I want to thank you guys for that. My wife and my children Christy, Joey, Matt, John and Katie and my Mom and Dad that are here today that have stuck by me. Coaching is a very demanding profession. One that family sometimes has to wait [or] take a back seat. However you want to say it and there is no great coach who doesn’t have a great family behind him.
“And all the people at Rutgers I would like to thank them for the great efforts that they put forth over the years – tremendous. Twelve years ago Bob McKay, the athletic director, hired me at 34 years old. The youngest coach in the country. Took a chance on me [and] for that I will ever be grateful.
“So why Tampa and why now? There have been several opportunities as Joel (Glazer) mentioned that go to places that are quote unquote bigger names or bigger programs. At times I would listen, but when I tried to put myself there I just didn’t feel good. As I went through this process and pictured myself being the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, I felt one feeling that was negative and that was sadness of leaving my players. My players and the people in that building, but other than that it was tremendous excitement. That’s how I knew this was the one.
"After spending several hours with Brian, Ed, Joel (Glazer) and Mark (Dominik) I learned two things. Number one I learned how important family was to them. Number two I learned how committed they are to being the very best. And that’s me. “If you said describe yourself that’s me. Its family and it’s whatever you set your mind to do have a plan and do it the very best you can. A legendary coach John Wooden and you know I kind of live by his definition of success. It’s the peace of mind you get when you know you have done everything you can to be the best you can be. You can’t do anything else. Being around these guys I get that sense [and] it’s outstanding.
“Talk about how our team is going to look and how they are going to feel to you. Our team will be built around a humble, unselfish attitude of sacrifice. It is hard to find that in today’s world, but that’s who we will be.
“I am going to start, we have already started, but I am going to continue with Mark (Dominik) to put together the best coaching staff that we possibly can--a coaching staff of great teachers and great communicators. That is the key. Doesn’t matter how much a coach knows it matters how much the players know. How they can do it in a quick instant and be competitive and win through the information you give them.We are going to collectively teach. As a staff there will be one common message.
“Before we get to the X’s and O’s [and] before we get to fundamentals and it is something that I believe is critical [is] TBA. That is not to be announced. It is trust, belief, and accountability. Trust [is] 100% honesty and no room for 99. 100% honesty and do what you are supposed to do when you are supposed to do it. That is trust to me. Belief [is] belief in yourself number one. Belief in the Buccaneer way. There is going to be a Buccaneer way and there are going to be Buccaneer men. You got to believe in that otherwise this isn’t the place. And then accountability. All those things are great, but as a coaching staff and a team and an organization, we have to hold each other accountable. That is not always easy. That’s where it gets sticky. That’s where it gets tough. That’s my job as the head football coach to make sure that is happening throughout our whole football team and organization.
“On the field what is it going to look like? Great defense, win the special teams battle, and be a physical offensive football team that takes shots down the field. Take shots down the field. It is very hard to go 12, 13, 14 play drives. If we miss on a shot we will line up and play defense again. Get the ball back and go after them again. Physical. Run the football physically and take shots down the field. That formula works. As long as you play great defense and win the kicking game that formula works.
“To do this in an organization that has a strong and talented core of players as the Buccaneers, I said this to Glazer family and to Mark (Dominik) in our discussions I have been in the NFL. I have been a head coach for 11 years. I did not need to be a head coach in the National Football League today. I believed that it was going to happen. So I really studied the team. I studied the situation. I studied the ownership and I studied Mark (Dominik) and that’s what makes me comfortable. Every time I did I said that’s an advantage. We got a chance there. That’s good. Then to come to this great facility is just icing on the cake.
“So that talented young core, this great facility, and that team with great tradition—a Super Bowl tradition in this organization. Some teams play for years and never get to have that in their building. I went upstairs to the Glazer’s office and when that elevator opened there was the Lombardi trophy on the wall. Not missed by me. That is the ultimate goal. That is where we are heading.”
“I was a young assistant at the University of Miami, I was the defensive coordinator and I can remember making the drive up here and watching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense work and seeing some of the legendary players. And then going to the Chicago Bears and having seen Derrick Brooks and Warren Sapp and saying wow. So to have that tradition at this place, it’s really exciting.
“And then to have a passionate fan base. And I understand, we have to reconnect with our fan base. And I can’t wait to do it, because we have to bring a trust. This Buccaneers football team will earn your trust. We’ll earn your trust on the football field, in the community, something that you can be proud of and that’s be honest and do what we’re supposed to do when we’re supposed to do it. That’s how relationships grow and that’s how we’ll build that relationship with our fan base and I can’t wait to do it.
“I think the collective vision of the Glazer family, Mark Dominik and myself being so close aligned in what we believe in, at the end of the day, that’s the key, that there is a collective vision and a collective message that will permeate this building and lead us to championships."Schiano’s question and answer session with the media
Do you have a time frame for turning the franchise around?
“I don’t believe in doing anything except to be the best. We’re going to try to be the best starting today. How long that will take, I can’t tell you that. We’re going to be the best we can be every single minute. I’ve said this many times: when our best is the best, we’ll be Super bowl champs.” Would you describe yourself as a disciplinarian?
“Disciplinarian has this connotation of a guy who’s a tyrant. I think it’s trust. Do what you’re supposed to do when you’re supposed to do it. If we’re meeting at this time, then that’s the time we’re meeting. I’m not a believer in Lombardi where if your five minutes early. If it’s 8 o’clock, every body be here ready to go with the pads open and the books open and ready to work. I’m very efficient. We don’t waste time. The practice field is going to look like an organized chaos, people moving everywhere.
“I grew up in a coaching system with Joe Paterno, that’s where I really cut my teeth. His No. 1 thing, time is our enemy. That’s the only thing that all of us have on this planet, 1440 minutes a day. What you make of them, that’s going to determine our success. So we want to be efficient, we want to do what we’re supposed to do when we’re supposed to do it and that’s what’s going to make us most successful.” What excites you when looking at the Buccaneers roster?
“Just what I mentioned in my opening statements. It’s a young core of very talented guys. Until I actually coach that I won’t know how talented. I watched video, I talked to people that I know in the NFL and I’m very impressed with that young group, that core group. And in any organization you start with your core and you work around it. So if we have that core, and not only good players, but great people, that’s the key.” What are your impressions of Josh Freeman?
“We did play against Josh Freeman, he was a freshman. But I can remember preparing for that game and being scared that if he broke out of the pocket we’re in trouble because he’s such a big man. I’m excited to have Josh here and have so many other talented players. And as we do everything, competition that’s what makes everybody (better). And we’re going to compete in every drill, in everything we do. Because that, again, if you do your best, we’ll win. And that’s what I’m going to demand of our players and of myself.” When did it become evident the Buccaneers were considering you as a serious candidate?
“There’s always a lot of dialogue gong on and it’s not always directed from the Glazer family right to Greg Schiano. There’s feelers and whatnot. But really, what happened with this job is it really accelerated this week and it really became a reality just yesterday. When it happened, it happened fast. Up to that point, I had a job to do as the head coach at Rutgers.
And I can tell you that it’s hard to go through that process and continue to be the head coach at Rutgers, so I was glad it only lasted for a couple of days. You had opportunities to go elsewhere and take other head coaching spots. What did you want from this organization before you ended up in Tampa? Did you request a say in free agent spending and a voice in the draft?
“My whole belief is about people and the relationships of people, so I really just needed to sit with them and get the feel that we shared the same vision. I know that they want to be the best and they’re going to do whatever it takes to be the best, but we’re going to do it responsibly. They hired myself and they have Mark here. We’re going to work together as a group and we’re going to bring championships back to Tampa. As long as I trust, and I do everything with trust, the people I work with, there’s no stopping us. And I do. The hours we spent together, it just got better and better as I learned about who they were.”Recently there’s been a poor track record of college coaches moving up to the NFL ranks. What makes you confident you can be successful and was it what you learned with the Chicago Bears?
“Well some of it. Other parts are that I’ve been a head coach for 11 years and I’m awfully glad that this isn’t my first head-coaching job. The reality is that it’s easy to point to college head coaches that made that jump, but six, eight, nine coaches a year get replaced. There are pro coaches that are getting fired as well, so if you look at it as a whole, percentages are percentages. Everybody has trouble and it’s a competitive league. That’s the fun part of it.”You said before that it doesn’t matter what the coaches know, but matters what the players know. Is it a priority to hire assistants that have NFL experience?
“It’ll be a priority to hire assistants that are great coaches, great teachers and great people. Whether they come from the National Football League, which I know several people that are, or come from the college ranks, the key is hiring the right people. Whatever gets the desired result, I’m not that concerned. Mark [Dominik] and I are going to go through that and we’re just going to work together to put the best staff that we possibly can in this building.”When people talk about you they talk about your character and about [former Penn State coach] Joe Paterno being a coaching influence. What other people have been influences to you in your life?
“Without a doubt my parents are my biggest influence – growing up in a close family, the work ethic that they taught me. Then I’ve been blessed to be with some great people professionally.*censored* Anderson at Rutgers the head coach, my high school football coach Mike Miello, and you go down the list. Joe Paterno, Dave Wannstedt, coach [Butch] Davis – just great people [that helped with] the things that I learned over the years being a head coach. I’ve learned so much from my assistants. I have great guys sitting on my right and on my left at that table and out on that field, so if you listen you can learn from everybody. I really am very fortunate to be around some great coaches and great men, because again, it keeps coming back to that relationship that you have with people and you only want to be involved in good relationships with good people.”What is the learning curve that you had to go through in order to assure that everything goes the way you want it to?
“There’s certainly a learning curve in anything that you mentioned. I think the key is this, football is football. Players and coaches are players and coaches. We have to teach communication and on game day we need to operate efficiently the things that we practice and prepare to do. The thing that I’m going to have to look back on with myself is scheduling. It’s a different schedule. I can’t wait to be able to work with the players all day. We get them in a small window in college, so I can’t wait to be doing football. There isn’t recruiting and there aren’t those kinds of things.
“To be able to build on that is exciting to me, putting together the yearly schedule and all of those things that you need to do. It’s a different time frame, it’s a different mechanism. As I’ve always told our guys when we recruited them, this is the highest level of a sport in the world. The three years that I’ve spent with the Bears and studying other teams [helped]. What we did in college is taking what we did in a full day of football and shrinking it down to fit the college time level. I truly think that was one of the biggest reasons our guys made it in the national football league. They know how it’s going to be when they get there and they are accustomed to the way we prepare, whether it’s note taking, how we do our meetings, or how we do our walk-throughs. We did run our organization at Rutgers as an NFL franchise, except the times were shorter. I’m confident that all of that will work. We’ve just got to get some of the particulars and that’s why it’s great to have a guy like Mark who’s just going to be right there from the beginning with me and then whoever we hire will help. That part is easy.”Will you hire a defensive coordinator or call the defense yourself?
“I plan on hiring an offensive coordinator and a defensive coordinator. I think I’m going to be involved in all three phases equally. I love this. We’ve talked about it in our conversations. Football is a passionate, and I lose track of time when I do football. I have to make sure I schedule it right, so I can get home and spend time with my family and do those things. But I love offense, I love defense, and I love the kicking game equally as much. I will have coordinators, but I will be involved in all three phases. I think as a CEO-type coach, that doesn’t mean you can’t be hands-on and involved. I think you can be both if you’re passionate about it. How would you describe your coaching style?
“I wouldn’t say micro-manager. When I went to Rutgers it was very different. There was only one logo. We had six logos and we reduced it down to one logo so that it would be to build a brand. I don’t think its micromanaging. I think its attention to detail. There’s a difference between delegating and turning your back and delegating and giving feedback, delegating and helping people grow. That’s my management style. I want them to be in charge, I want them to lead, but I also want to help them grow. In turn, that helps that helps me grow. When you have conversations and you communicate everybody grows. Too many of the problems that occur is when there isn’t communication when guys are bunkered down. That’s not the way we’ll run this thing. It’ll be open communication, honesty, and then we’ll grow and grow and grow.”Did the uncertainty of Big East play a part in your decision?
“The uncertainty of the Big East didn’t have anything to do with this. I can tell you when all those other opportunities came up, it didn’t feel right. This felt right. I’m a man of prayer. I prayed about it, I thought about it, and I did everything I could within myself. It felt right.”Do you have unfinished business at Rutgers?
“I wish we could have won the National Championship at Rutgers, no doubt. But they will. I’m confident Tim will hire the right guy, they have great players in that program right now, more importantly they have great people, and it will be great. I said to Tim before I left, I can’t wait to see Rutgers win the National Championship and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers win the Super Bowl. That will make me as happy as any man walking.”How aggressive will you be in free agency to compliment talent already on the team?
“I think that’s a decision that Mark [Dominik], myself, and the Glazers, were going to do everything together. It would be foolish of me to even make a comment. I don’t know the team, and I know Mark [Dominik] does know the team. We’re just going to get to work and do things responsibly. I loved in college to recruit and develop. In pro football it’s draft and develop. I believe that. That’s the way I think it goes. So you draft great players and great people, and then you get them here and you develop them. And they get better, and they get better. I think that serves you well on the football field, it serves you well in the community; fans become attached to the players.
“I remember being in Chicago and John Lynch, sitting there and saying wow, this guy is a fixture of that football team. That’s what I think you need to do, in my opinion, for a lot of reasons.”
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