After a long and winding coach search, the Bucs chose a man they believe will be able to teach the youngest roster in the league.
It appears Rutgers coach Greg Schiano got the gig in part because of how he works with young players.
“He’s a defensive-minded coach whose teams have always been characterized by toughness and a physical style of play,” G.M. Mark Dominik told Roy Cumming of the Tampa Tribune. “He’s a meticulous teacher who knows how to get the most out of his players.”
Dominik mentioned that Rutgers products were disciplined, structured, and prepared. The Bucs seem to see Schiano as an antidote to Raheem Morris, whose young team absolutely collapsed down the stretch in 2011.
Then again, Tampa’s first choice was Oregon coach Chip Kelly. He couldn’t be more different than Schiano. Dominik also indicated to Cumming that the team had another mystery candidate in mind if Schiano turned them down.
This much is clear regarding the Bucs coaching search: After meeting with a bunch of former NFL coaches, the Bucs seemed focused on getting a fresh face from the college ranks.