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This weekend, on the Big Ten Network, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach, Greg Schiano, now defensive coordinator from Ohio State, was asked how his defensive line in Columbus stacks up against any of the defensive lines he’s coached in the past – including the NFL

Here was his response (starting at the 2:50 mark).

“It is [the most talented defensive line I’ve ever been around, including the NFL]. And that’s not a joke. It is. Now we had a great player in Tampa Bay by the name of Gerald McCoy, a tremendous player, but that was one guy.”

Sigh. What a silly thing to say.

First of all, there is no comparison to current college players and NFL players. No, Alabama could never beat the worst NFL team, and that means, no, no defensive line in college is better than a defensive line in the NFL.

Second, Schiano had not only Gerald McCoy, as he mentions, but also Michael Bennett in his final year in Tampa – a year he recorded nine sacks. Though it wasn’t deep, it also had defensive tackle, Roy Miller, who is still in the NFL as well.

Even if you could argue that Schiano was talking about the talent depth, the way you acquired talent in college versus the NFL is so drastically different that it renders the statement off, regardless.

Don’t compare kids while they’re kids to grown men who were succeeding at the professional level.

Schiano should know this, but he said what he said anyways.

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About the Author: Trevor Sikkema

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: trevor@pewterreport.com
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thewbacca
4 years ago

Just gonna go out on a limb and say the Bucs don’t get shut out by Clemson.

arizonajoe
4 years ago

I thought Greg Schiano was forever gone. I think Ohio State has a better coach now that the Bucs did under the Schiano era. Man that guy was one of the biggest mistakes in Bucs’ history.

lordnlkon
4 years ago

Eh… who really cares. Stuff like this is said all the time, it’s just hyperbole. The media needs sound bites, they ask questions to get responses like this.

BTownBucFan
4 years ago

pardon my language in advance…

Schiano just confirmed he’s a fucking idiot.

seat26
4 years ago

We miss him like the Plague.

dbucfan
4 years ago

Since the first day I have listened or watched Schiano I have wondered what in the hell he has seeing – did you miss the panel members doing their damnedest to laughing at this comment? What a buffoon.

macabee
4 years ago

And I’m pretty sure the OSU asst. coaches were better than the Buc’s head coach in 2012-2013. In football, it’s said you can’t teach speed and evidently you can’t fix dumb!

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.” ― Albert Einstein

Horse
4 years ago

Well in that case Schiano proved he wasn’t a dynamic defensive guy as so his resume indicated; maybe the Buc Owners should ask for a refund as we paid him for 5 years of nothing. I thought it was funny Urban Myer hired Schiano. The only thing I could figure out was he wanted to protect his own dynasty when he leaves and Schiano surely will do nothing to challenge it ; “toes on the line”.

gobuxfla
4 years ago

Schiano is still just a freaking joke. He couldn’t even get an assistant gig in the NFL for the 49ers or Browns for God’s sake. What a turd machine.

drdneast
4 years ago

Is there any wonder why, with judgement like that, Schiano is back in college coaching.
He was one of the people who was responsible for letting Michael Bennett go for a paltry $3 million dollars probably because Bennett questioned the way the Bucs coaches had the defensive line rushing RG III in the Redskins game.
Schiano ranks up there with Richard Williamson and Ray Perkins as being the top three worst coach in Buc history.
As Woody Allen once said, “Calling him stupid is an insult to the word stupid.”

CCCP
4 years ago

The Jersey Trash ™ at it again.

Bennett wasn’t a Schiano man – and everyone can see why.

CCCP
4 years ago

drdneast – I never thought Ray Perkins was a bad coach, he just coached a team that had very little talent. They had Vinny, who at that point shouldn’t have been playing and still should have been learning, you had Mark Carrier, you had Ron Hall, you had Paul Gruber a few years in, you had on defense, uh, well we had the two safeties that were good, Broderick Thomas was good for a couple of years early on, but that was late in Perkin’s run. I mean Perkins was having to start Rod “The Toast” Jones at corner –… Read more »

Iowabucfan
4 years ago

He was serious, too.

mort
4 years ago

Ok it’s easy to pile on and to sit here and bash the ex-coach of the Bucs – but lets be real for just one second. Lavonte David had his best years under Coach Schiano, and the defense is absolutely not why he got fired. It was the meltdown of Josh Freeman. Period. Gerald McCoy credits Schiano with teaching him how to tackle. An almost absurd thing to think – but he said it. Keith Tandy on the latest PR Podcast also took up for Schiano a bit as well. I guarantee he knows more about football than any poster… Read more »

Buc-in-Philly Fan
Reply to  mort
4 years ago

mort, that is why he couldn’t land a gig in the NFL right? Not even for the Guy he would get on his knees for in Bill B in New England. Get real man! Schiano is a poor Coach and based upon his comments, an even poorer Man.

GoldsonAges
4 years ago

Well, in 2012 Schiano took Mark Barron and bypassed Dontari Poe, Fletcher Cox, Bruce Irvin and Chandler Jones. In 2013 he pissed away our 1st round pick on Revis meanwhile the Jets selected Sheldon Richardson with our pick. Then in the 2nd round he picked Jonathan Banks over Kawann Short. Yeah, you’re right Schiano we really SUCKED at drafting under your watch. Thanks for the memories dick brain

jshumaker
Reply to  GoldsonAges
4 years ago

I forgot about the brilliant Mark Barron draft pick. This guy literally screwed up every trade and draft pick he made during his time here. A broken clock is at least right twice per day. He wasn’t even right once

jshumaker
4 years ago

I forgot all about Michael Bennett. Tack on the trades for Blount and Talib and this idiot’s ability to evaluate talent has a worse track record than a broken clock’s ability to tell time

jshumaker
4 years ago

The only good thing I can say about Schiano is that if it wasn’t for his ‘brilliant’ ability to evaluate players we wouldn’t have ended up with the first pick in the draft and gotten Jameis

Buc 1976
4 years ago

The only thing I remember about him is hit the QB on last play and we were losing by 20 pts. Or more
WHAT A JERK HE IS!!!!!!

fredster
4 years ago

Ok I’ll pile on, he’s an idiot. Stubborn as Lovie Smith and even worse at evaluating talent. Now that’s saying something! He still probably grades Bennett worse than his college guys. THats why he let him walk for few million. Moron. I think Tom Coughlin said it best. He’s best suited to Bush league shit. Lol.

Buc 1976
Reply to  fredster
4 years ago

U R right fredster Bennett led the team in sacks and they let him WALK!!!

fredster
4 years ago

I loved Bennett. After he left I said it was horrible move. Even year or two later people here will still arguing with me telling me I was wrong that Bennett is only good because Seahawks line is so good. Lol. That’s why he led our team in sacks the year thy let him go? He had so many sacks because the BUcs D line was so good? We were so bad it’s amazing he had more than 5!

CDNBUCSFAN
4 years ago

Bottom line is who cares what Greg Schiano has to say about anything?

drdneast
4 years ago

Although I love the piling on of Schiano, he had some help with those terrible personnel decisions, especially in the draft with Mark Dominick.
But you can lay the releasing of Bennett sorely at his feet. I spoke to Dominick about it on NFL Sirrus and he said he was outvoted when it came to keeping or releasing Bennett.

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