Schiano Says He’s “Blessed” With DominikJune 18th, 2012
After nearly a generation at Rutgers coaching and recruiting, the leader of the New Schiano Order has had to work hard to get up to speed on all things NFL personnel since taking the Bucs job.
It’s a huge learning process, and Greg Schiano didn’t hesitate to acknowledge that during an interview last week with the Evan & Phillips In The Morning show on SiriusXM Mad Dog Radio. Schiano talked about taking guidance from rockstar general manager Mark Dominik and building consensus on personnel decisions.
Schiano didn’t sound like one of the NFL’s most powerful dictators who has reduced Dominik to servitude, as some say we must assume has happened.
“There’s no doubt there’s really two learning processes. First you need to learn your own personnel and the team you take over, and then as we got into free agency first then the draft, but I think where I’ve been blessed is our general manager Mark Dominik has been great in getting me up to speed. You know he and Dennis Hickey, who is the head of player personnel, have just been, you know, spoon feeding me since the day I took the job with video and write-ups and certainly I’m willing to put the time in. It’s been a really good relationship. We’ve been able to really build a consensus on who are the guys we need to target.
One of the things that’s just paramount to us is guys who love the game of football. That’s what’s going to work with us. I know my personality. I know how we do things. That passion to play the game, when the business side is done and all the financials are decided, the guy just loves to go out and play and practice. That’s critical to us.
Joe found Schiano’s loving words for Dominik especially interesting, considering Schiano wasn’t asked about Dominik, as well as Schiano using “us” repeatedly and talking about “consensus.” It also intrigued Joe that Butch Davis wasn’t part of Schiano’s commentary above.
For Joe, it’s clear that the Bucs’ decision-making dynamic between owners, GM and head coach hasn’t changed very much.