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Greg Schiano’s deal with the Bucs is done

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There won’t be any last minute change of heart this time. The Bucs have their man: Rutgers coach Greg Schiano has agreed to a five-year contract with Tampa Bay to be their next head coach, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Schiano was ultimately was the backup plan to Oregon coach Chip Kelly. The Bucs were spurned at the last minute by Kelly on Sunday night when a deal appeared close.

Like Kelly, Schiano was an outside the box choice. But he fits the traditional mold of an NFL head coach far more than Kelly. Schiano has NFL experience and his teams are marked by discipline and conservative play. He worked under Dave Wannstedt in Chicago and has an admirer in Patriots coach Bill Belichick.

Schiano is a defensive-minded coach, so his offensive coordinator hire will be crucial to the future of Josh Freeman.  The Bucs passed on Mike Sherman, Rob Chudzinski, and Brad Childress as potential head coach options. The Bucs were looking for a coach that could get a young roster in line.

Florio waxed philosophic on Schiano’s hiring on Thursday’s PFT Live. So we may as well include it below:

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43 Responses to “Greg Schiano’s deal with the Bucs is done”
  1. raven410 says: Jan 26, 2012 1:40 PM

    I think the Bucs could have done better. Schiano is an above average college coach.

  2. larrydavidstern says: Jan 26, 2012 1:40 PM

    I don’t get why they give these guys 5 year contracts!? 3 years is more than enough, especially for a guy with no NFL head coaching experience.

  3. salvaje50 says: Jan 26, 2012 1:42 PM

    Because they won’t give up their current job without a 5 year contract…neither would you

  4. sasquash20 says: Jan 26, 2012 1:44 PM

    I’m not saying he can make the jump to the NFL as a head coach, but coach Schiano has proven to be a very good coach in the college ranks. Rutgers was one of the worst football programs before he got there. I think his style of coaching is what is needed in TB. I feel this is as solid as any college hire TB could have made.

  5. bucsballer says: Jan 26, 2012 1:45 PM

    Shouldnt have had any hope that the glazers would make a smart move

  6. vbhall78 says: Jan 26, 2012 1:45 PM

    I hope they will at least get Mike Sherman to be the offensive coordinator.

  7. purplekoolaid1 says: Jan 26, 2012 1:46 PM

    It’s great to have another Italiano in the league!

  8. tjacks7 says: Jan 26, 2012 1:50 PM

    I’m going to bet that WR Sadu or whatever ends up in Tampa.

  9. greysolon says: Jan 26, 2012 1:51 PM

    Great hire. Schiano has the overall vision of a great leader and is smart enough to hire the right NFL assistants in key positions. He’s a younger, more disciplined, more well-rounded version of Marty Schottenheimer.

  10. jimmysimpson55 says: Jan 26, 2012 1:51 PM

    I was hoping for Marty Shottenheimer.

  11. gatorays says: Jan 26, 2012 1:52 PM

    they gave him 5 yrs so when they fire him after 3, they have an excuse to go cheap again. glzers are making the bucs look like the laughing stock of the nfl again.

  12. phreakin says: Jan 26, 2012 1:54 PM

    5 years or 5 days, contracts don’t mean squat these days. They could fire him or he could quit tomorrow.

  13. maroun55 says: Jan 26, 2012 1:55 PM

    As a Rutgers fan, this is the best day of my life… As a Bucs fan, this is the worst day of my life…

  14. knicks4life says: Jan 26, 2012 1:56 PM

    How about a 2yr deal

  15. TeamBalco says: Jan 26, 2012 2:03 PM

    I like it. Nice move. Ray Rice would look great in those uniforms.

  16. ibreathefootball says: Jan 26, 2012 2:09 PM

    Good luck with that one Buccaneer fans. Schiano and Koenen make a dynamic duo!

  17. jakek2 says: Jan 26, 2012 2:19 PM

    Congrats TB. Long time Giants/Rutgers fan here who thinks you just hired the next young Bill Parcells. Like Parcells did with the Giants, Schiano completely resurrected a total joke of a ball club and has a knack for making less talented teams overperform. I hope you will all be “chopping wood” for years to come.

  18. norseyapper says: Jan 26, 2012 2:24 PM

    Wonderful. Now he can get busy recruiting those high school kids to proudly wear TB orange.
    What’s that…he’ll be coaching professionals? OH, well good luck with that.

  19. tyelee says: Jan 26, 2012 2:27 PM

    Best of luck to you, Greg Schiano!

    At least the last guy didn’t set any bars to high for you to excel and impress.

  20. irishnativeson says: Jan 26, 2012 2:29 PM

    As an expatiated Bucs fan living in the Pacific N.W. I can’t say I know much about this guy other then the apparent consensus that he turned around a floundering collegiate program. I watched most of the Bucs games last year and I gotta tell ya them boys seemed to have a wide streak of I don’t give a damn. Let’s hope that’s the first thing to change because if this team learns how to win as well as how to deal with winning they could have a pretty good run.

  21. bunjy96 says: Jan 26, 2012 2:29 PM

    Good choice.

    Better NFL background than Kelly.

  22. 69finfan says: Jan 26, 2012 2:30 PM

    Good luck Bucs fans. When I heard earlier in the day that there was a mystery Big East coach being considered I was thinking Jim Levitt. That would have been cool especially after how he was run out of town at USF.

  23. thefiesty1 says: Jan 26, 2012 2:34 PM

    Flash in the pan. Wins a few every couple of years. Good luck with that. Now Rutgers will return to their losing ways.

  24. gmen1987 says: Jan 26, 2012 2:35 PM

    The track record of college coaches with little or no pro experience going to the NFL level is not very good.

  25. melikefootball says: Jan 26, 2012 2:40 PM

    I don’t get Tampa, what does this guy bring? He upgrated Rutgers which isn’t saying much and now goes to the NFL with no experience to a team that needs some changes. Good luck with that.

  26. carterious1 says: Jan 26, 2012 2:44 PM

    Belichick also admired Crennel, Mangini, Weis, Haley, McDaniels, and the video guy who took the fall for sypgate. How did it turn out for those guys

  27. phillysuxbigd says: Jan 26, 2012 2:48 PM

    i dont know about this hire. he’s an ok coach but rutgers never played any real teams under his watch, sure they beat up all the division 2 teams in September….they never won a Big Least conference title and that’s arguably the worst of all the BCS automatic qualifying conferences

  28. ironhawk says: Jan 26, 2012 2:49 PM

    “carterious1 says: Jan 26, 2012 2:44 PM

    Belichick also admired Crennel, Mangini, Weis, Haley, McDaniels, and the video guy who took the fall for sypgate. How did it turn out for those guys”

    Crennel has the stuff to be a great HC, Weis is one of the best coordinators to ever play the game and would probably do well at Head coaching an NFL team. McDaniels, Haley and Mangini all have awesome potential and just need more experience and time.

  29. denverhighrize says: Jan 26, 2012 2:54 PM

    Raise your hand if you’ve even watched two minutes of Rutger’s football

  30. 1buckeye76 says: Jan 26, 2012 2:55 PM

    Sweet. Glad the Bengals get to keep Zimmer for another year.

  31. fwippel says: Jan 26, 2012 2:56 PM

    Wow. This looks like a boom or bust pick. I could see Schiano being a two-year wonder (ala Steve Spurrier), or being a legendary coach who could stay as long as he wants.

    I hope for his sake it works out. Otherwise he may find himself on that list of “Top 10 NFL coaches who should have stayed in college”.

  32. daveyjones1 says: Jan 26, 2012 2:56 PM

    Did Rutgers even win the Big East last year?

    Odd move in my opinion. Not likely to work out.

  33. raysfaninsrq says: Jan 26, 2012 3:11 PM

    “I think the Bucs could have done better. Schiano is an above average college coach.”

    WHO??? There were only a bunch of previously successful geriatrics (Schottenheimer) or NFL fails (Sherman/Childress) available. If he’s an above average college coach, then he’s got a chance of being at least an average NFL coach. He’s a solid citizen that can bring discipline back to the Bucs. God knows almost the entire team quit with only 6 games to go, I’m sure he won’t let that happen. The key will be who he hires for is coordinators, that is if the Glazers let him hire who he wants. If they don’t then it’s another epic ownership failure!!

  34. cornersportsnet says: Jan 26, 2012 3:14 PM

    Decent hire bad timing for rutgers football,he will get paid for 5 year probably last 2 years thenback to the college ranks. Maybe

  35. rbrtcross7 says: Jan 26, 2012 3:17 PM

    The Glazers are partly hated by the Buc fans because they are so private. We never hear a thing about them, like some kind of absent owner. Clearly they raised the teams standards. Yes they had the lowest payrolls the last few seasons, but I think you can see that just landing the most free agents doesn’t get your team into the super bowl (see the Eagles!). Great players don’t leave via free agency. I am hopeful. We can’t do worse than we did last year!

  36. anderds1 says: Jan 26, 2012 3:17 PM

    Dominik better hope Schiano’s his meal ticket, otherwise more upheaval can be expected in 3 years and this time Dominik and his front office.

  37. bleedgreen4life says: Jan 26, 2012 3:18 PM

    tjacks7 says:
    Jan 26, 2012 1:50 PM
    I’m going to bet that WR Sadu or whatever ends up in Tampa.


    Mohammed Sanu and that would be ironic because the Bucs need a WR badly.

  38. maroun55 says: Jan 26, 2012 3:26 PM

    With NFL talent like, Ray Rice, Devin McCourty, Kenny Britt, Tiquan Underwood, Anthony Davis, Jeremy Zuttah, Eric Foster, Brian Leonard, Joe Porter, Pedro Sosa, Darnell Stapelton, Jason McCourty (all recent graduates), Schiano NEVER won a weak Big East. The wrap on him is simple, great recruiter and terrible coach. In 2009, when 2 players would eventually be drafted in the FIRST ROUND, they went 9-4 and came in fourth place in the Big East… He followed that stellar with year with a 4 and 8 record in 2010 and finished this year again, 9-4 and fourth in the WEAK Big East… His wins this year were against, NC Central, Ohio (Not The Ohio State), Syracuse, Pitt, Navy, USF, Army, Cincinnati and a 6-7 bowl game against Iowa State… His losses were to UNC, Louisville, West Virginia and Connecticut (who were 5-6)…

    So as long as the Bucs play the Rams, Cardinals, Vikings, Browns and Jaguars three times a season, we will be 8-7 heading into week 17 hoping to get into the playoffs… Let’s KEEP CHOPPIN THAT WOOD!

    But the good thing is, I am also a Rutgers fan so at least we will finally get a coach he will be able to win the big east… hopefully…

  39. Scott says: Jan 26, 2012 3:51 PM

    It’s not like the Bucs have the worst roster in the league. They have a above average to “could be great (I know thats a stretch) quarterback and some solid players on defense. There are things to work with here. I think all Schiano has to do is make these guys WANT to excel. Make them care about being good. I think it is a pretty good hire. A risk? Absolutely. But a good risk that may pay huge dividends.

    Don’t feel bad Bucs fans. Feel hopeful.

  40. mogogo1 says: Jan 26, 2012 3:52 PM

    fwippel says:

    Wow. This looks like a boom or bust pick.

    Very much so…but Chip Kelly was going to be that way, as well. This guy at least has some NFL experience.

  41. modhairken says: Jan 26, 2012 4:35 PM

    This is a home run for the Glazers. He is a proven winner at a school that has historically been mediocre. He might be able to attract Ray Rice to Tampa. He will set a tone and standard for discipline.

    I hope he conditioned his acceptance on having the right to cut that feeble Warrior, WinSLOW and the terrorist at DB, Aqib Taliban. I also hope he can get that useless nerd Mark Dominik permanently reassigned to cleaning bathrooms. Lord knows he’s brought enough feces into One Buc, he ought to at least be required to clean it up.

  42. mogogo1 says: Jan 26, 2012 11:19 PM

    ironhawk says:

    Crennel has the stuff to be a great HC, Weis is one of the best coordinators to ever play the game and would probably do well at Head coaching an NFL team. McDaniels, Haley and Mangini all have awesome potential and just need more experience and time.

    Weis is great coordinator but there’s a very good reason he’s coaching at Kansas now…and it ain’t because he’s a good head coach. McDaniels’ tenure in Denver was so horrible it almost makes you forget how badly Haley and Mangini struggled. And Josh then went on to make the putrid Rams’ offense even worse this year as their OC.

  43. falstaffsmind says: Jan 26, 2012 11:22 PM

    I am not sure I understand this blanket ‘college coach’ label they put on guys, like coaching in college somehow disqualifies you from the NFL. Vince Lombardi coached at West Point before coming to the NFL. Bill Parcels came from College ranks as did Jimmy Johnson.

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