Will Greg Schiano Improve?July 1st, 2013
A major question mark this season is Greg Schiano’s ability to take the necessary steps to become an NFL winner and a guy who can outcoach Saints
hitman head coach Sean Payton and Falcons chief Mike Smith.
Smith’s stunning 56-24 regular-season record represents one of the standout coaching jobs in NFL history. Payton is a stud, as well, with a 62-34 regular-season mark and a Super Bowl ring with New Orleans.
If Schiano can’t outcoach those guys, then what are the Bucs’ chances of Super Bowl glory in the coming years? Slim.
An encouraging thing about Schiano is his obsession with details and not being outworked. Those are traits of a champion, but Schiano needs to prove he can win. Being a winner is the ultimate intangible in any sport, and it’s not like Schiano’s Big East record at Rutgers inspires loads of confidence in his ability to go deep in the NFL postseason dance.
This spring, Dave Wannstedt, the new Bucs special teams coach and part of Schiano’s large assembly of experienced coaches and advisors, said Schiano has been a relentless detail man since Wannstedt hired him to coach Bears defensive backs in 1996.
“[Schiano] was in charge of our third-down package on defense working with the secondary. And when it was time to talk third-down defense, it was the most detail. He did not have a “T” not crossed and an “I” not dotted,” Wannstedt said. “It was his first year coming from Penn State, obviously, first year in the NFL And it didn’t take him long before the players realized, ‘this guy knows what he’s doing. He’s not going to put you in a situation where you’re going to be surprised by anything.’ There was no question that, you know, that he was going to be successful.”
Joe’s optimistic Schiano can reach the level of his successful NFC South comrades, given his commitment to details and a tight ship. But Joe’s most uplifted by the New Schiano Order adapting in the 2012 season finale to shock a stout Falcons team and avoid closing last season with a six-game losing streak.
That was real hope, tangible hope that Schiano can be a champion.