The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New England Patriots are holding joint practices today and tomorrow, and that means we get some choice Bill Belichick quotes on Greg Schiano and the Buccaneers. As it turns out, Belichick adores Schiano. We already knew some of that: Belichick talked to the Bucs about Schiano before they hired him, but it's good to have some actual quotes. Here's Belichick gushing on Schiano, courtesy of Pewter Report.
"I think the world of Greg. I think he is a good coach. He has got a good personality. He treats his players well. He is smart. He is tough. He did a great job with the Rutgers program without some of the opportunities that he was going against had. I thought he competed very well and had confidence against those teams. I have always been impressed in the way his teams performed. I don't have any problem saying that at all."
"I think he is a very experienced guy. He has won a lot of games. He has coached a lot of players. He has coached NFL players, they were just in college - that's all. The Vince Wilforks, Devin McCourtys - all the guys that he has coached. They are NFL players. They just weren't in the NFL yet and he has coached in the NFL. He knows what he is doing. He will be fine."
Yup, those are some positive words. That should make Bucs fans feel good about Schiano - although it doesn't hurt to point out that guys endorsed by Belichick haven't exactly ended up as quality head coaches in the NFL so far. None of his former assistants have done well when given the chance, despite numerous, numerous opportunities. Schiano may not have coached under Belichick, but an endorsement from the Patriots head coach isn't any kind of guarantee for success.