The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have agreed to a 5 year contract with Greg Schiano, the head coach of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. The Glazers have proved they do think outside the box, and the smoke screen they put up interviewing the oldest coaches possible was a brilliant move to gather info from respected sources and throw away attention from the two college coaches the Bucs went after.
Schiano took over a Rutgers team that was a laughing stock of a football program. Rutgers was a joke when Schiano took over in 2001, and he turned them into a respectful program.
Dont worry about his over all record of 68-67, most of that from from the first 3 years when Rutgers was a joke. He has been coaching at 56-28 over the last 6 years. To compare, Rutgers was lower on the todem pole than UCF is in the state of Florida.
Schiano is a defensive coach, much like the hire of Tony Dungy, the Glazers are going defense again. But the best part of the hire? Its past time to move on past the “tampa 2″, Tony Dungy, Jon Gruden days of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This is a clean slate; no assistant coaches are left, its a clean cut from the Bucs past, but it doesnt alienate any former Buccaneers like the hiring of Sherman would have been.
Schiano comes with the glowing review from Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. Many others have given glowing reviews, including the one Buc who played his college ball with the new coach, Jeremy Zuttah. Another great review came from future free agent Ray Rice of Baltimore, who played for the man.
Schiano was the U of Miami Hurricanes Defensive coordinator during the Hurricanes last national championship run.