Greg Schiano No. 12June 29th, 2012
The one thing a new coach in the NFL has is a honeymoon. Aside from a couple of malcontents more interested in left-handed cigarettes (allegedly), spinning discs pool-side in Las Vegas and turning practices into alcohol-free happy hours, most Buccaneers seem to be buying in to the New Schiano Order.
It was new Bucs coach Greg Schiano who has told his team, in so many words, the quicker you buy in the quicker wins will come.
So it was a bit surprising that when Eric Edholm of SportingNews.com, by way of Yahoo! Sports, listed all the NFL coaches in terms of job security and has Schiano only listed at No. 12.
12. Greg Schiano, Buccaneers
2011 record: 0-0
All-time record: 0-0
Seasons as head coach: None
The Buccaneers don’t intend to hit the reset button again, not after taking steps backwards as a franchise under Raheem Morris and fans starting to pine for Jon Gruden. The choice of Schiano wasn’t universally lauded, and the recent history of college coaches (Jim Harbaugh notwithstanding) has been a bit murky. But he’ll have every opportunity to set his plan in motion this season and build with an eye toward the future. There are expectations that QB Josh Freeman could regain his mojo, perhaps soon, which speeds up the process a bit for Schiano. But it would be stunning if GM Mark Dominik did an end around and let go of his new coach after a single season.
What Schiano needs to do to keep his job in 2013: Not look like most college coaches who stumble in this league. If Freeman improves at all, getting back closer to what he did in 2010, it’s a great start. Winning 3-4 games should just about ensure Schiano is back, although Freeman playing better almost certainly would result in more victories than that. Unless, that is, the defense incredibly found a way to get worse …
Unless something goes horribly awry, Joe just cannot fathom Schiano not lasting more than a year. He’s not a cradle-robbing, home-wrecking fraud like Bobby Petrino, though Joe has heard a respected voice in the NFL compare Schiano to Petrino.
Joe simply can’t imagine Schiano not being the Bucs coach in 2013. That’s why Joe is surprised by the No. 12 ranking.