26 January 2012

Buccaneers Close to Hiring Greg Schiano? What?

It was at the beginning of this week when we heard that Oregon head coach Chip Kelly was close to a deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before ultimately deciding to stay in Eugene. Now today there were reports that they are very close to hiring Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano, according to Adam Schefter and confirmed by the Pewter Report. Schiano was supposed to be at football powerhouse Don Bosco, in the mediocre town of Ramsey next to the great town of Allendale, recruiting but apparently did not show up according to Rivals' Mike Farrell, who also reported that a source said that Schiano did take the job and that a contract was signed.

Now this really came out of nowhere. The Buccaneers' search has been all over the place with names from Mike Sherman to Marty Schottenheimer to Wade Phillips were in the mix. And now with them close to hiring Schiano, after coming close with Kelly, it may not have come full circle once but possibly twice. I have no idea how Schiano got in the coaching search down in Tampa. Now I like Schiano a lot, he's a Jersey guy (from Wychoff where my aunt and uncle live and nearby my hometown) and he has done great work at Rutgers turning that downtrodden program into a solid Big East contender and Rutgers losing him would be really tough. But he has very limited NFL experience, two seasons with the Bears as a defensive assistant, one as a secondary coach, and it will be really hard to sell this hire to a lackluster fanbase down in Tampa. Now I don't think this is a terrible hire like Phillips or Brad Childress but it's such a surprise and we have seen how coaches coming from college that did tremendous work rescuing a downtrodden program (Dennis Ericksen (twice), Mike Riley) and the struggles they have faced in the pros.

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