Recently I have heard some comments from this site and other media outlets that suggest Schiano may not be as bad as we all think. Before the Bucs made him our newest Head Coach, I really only knew him as the mean looking guy that crushed my USF Bulls dream of going undefeated. So I decided to look a little more into the man to see if I could find any indications if he would sink or swim in the NFL.
The normal font is what I learned, the BOLD is what I think based on findings.
Before joining the Bucs last season, Schiano was known as a fiery, hard nosed coach who took a Rutgers football program from the pits of college football, to a respected perennial Big East contender. While the Rutgers football program certainly became more respectable under Schiano, they were far from good. Through the 10 years that he was coach, he only achieved a .500 overall record and never finished a season in the top 10 of the nation. In fact, it took Coach Schiano 5 seasons to even get the team above the .500 mark, as he went 12-34 in his first 4 seasons as HC.
Looking at college stats like that, it's hard to believe Schiano was even offered a Head Coaching job anywhere in the NFL. I understand his military minded attitude possibly prompted Dominik or the Glazers to think he would be a good fit for our 'youngry' team that was having some issues. But I'm sure there are a lot of other coaches out there, with better records, that could impact a young team in a positive way.
Schiano was not known for being a 'players' coach and is said to be extremely hard to play for. One of the most outspoken players against Schiano is the former 1st round pick out of Rutgers, Anthony Davis. Davis claims that Schiano 'breaks your confidence down' to try and mold you into a better player. Still Schiano had his bright spots. Like when he signed former Rutgers player, Eric LeGrand, to a contract so that he could live out his dream of being in the NFL.
Being tough on your players and expecting the best from the every time they take a snap is understandable at this level, but Schiano has to understand that not every player learns or takes criticism in the same way. You have to be mindful of egos in the NFL. This isn't college where the players have to listen or worry about having their scholarships stripped, this is the NFL where they are already getting paid and will be regardless. With that being said, I would assume that Schiano isn't exactly the egomaniac monster we make him out to be. He seems like a genuine guy in his interviews, he did an amazing thing that not many would with Eric LeGrand, and there are plenty of former players that support him or even want to continue to play for him(Check the overcrowded amount of Rutgers players on our roster). Most recently Coach Schiano has been making headlines for a number of negative things: Freeman saga, MRSA, leaked info, etc. The Freeman situation in particular garnered national headlines that had everyone talking. In all instances it showed that Schiano and his staff may not know how to handle players and the situations that face them.
At this point, the only thing that can keep Greg Schiano in Tampa, is if his team goes on a substantial winning streak with Glennon under center. After all, winning solves everything. Maybe Freeman really was the problem, maybe Glennon really is the future. Only time will tell. But what do you all think?