Hours after he was fired as head coach of the Buccaneers, Greg Schiano said he believes he’s leaving behind a good football team.
Schiano said he wasn’t expecting to get fired and believed when he arrived at the facility today that he was about to begin preparation for a good offseason and a good 2014 regular season. Instead, he found out he was fired.
“I woke up this morning planning to be the head coach of the Bucs,” Schiano said. “So that tells you that I believed this was going to take some more time. But I understand when I got into this thing, I’m a big boy and I understood what I was walking into. The National Football League, a quarter of the coaches turn over every year. Did I think we had an opportunity to move this forward? I still do. I think whoever takes over this job is taking over a good situation. A real good situation. Had I been coming back next year, I’d be excited about the potential of this team and where we’re heading. But I’m not.”
There’s been widespread speculation that Schiano will return to the college ranks and that he might be the next head coach at Penn State if an NFL team hires Bill O’Brien away. But Schiano said he hasn’t thought that far ahead.
“I woke up this morning thinking I was going to be the head coach of the Bucs. So I haven’t had a lot of time to think about what I want to do,” Schiano said.
Whatever he does, Schiano is done in Tampa, and probably done forever as an NFL head coach.