“Virtually Identical” D Brings More AccountabilityJuly 29th, 2013
Team Glazer’s weekend endorsement of rockstar general manager Mark Dominik no doubt cements a little extra pressure on Greg Schiano, as did Bryan Glazer’s statement that he expects Schiano to deliver “improvement across the board” this season.
Schiano’ has got eight Pro Bowlers 30 or younger on the roster, and he’s in Year 2 of his regime, plus he’s got a massive, experienced staff and this is the win-now NFL. Of course Schiano is under huge pressure to win.
But another thing that adds to Schiano’s accountability is the fact the Bucs are running his defense. Defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan made that clear when he took the job last year. And Joe found it interesting that new Bucs linebackers coach Robb Smith, who Schiano plucked from Rutgers this offseason, told Joe that he’s had a very easy transition in Tampa, in part because the Buccaneers’ defense is “virtually identical” to what Schiano ran at Rutgers, minor tweaks aside.
What could Schiano say if the defense doesn’t produce in 2013?
This is all part of what makes 2013 so exciting. It’s a no-excuses season for the coaching staff, the quarterback and more.