“Gotta Let Greg Schiano Control His Destiny”

January 26th, 2012

Pleading on the sports radio airwaves today for the Bucs to not set up a Glazer-Dominik puppet regime with Greg Schiano as head coach, former Bucs QB Shaun King said he’s on board with the imminent hire of Schiano as the next Bucs head coach.

King told his King David Show listeners on WQYK-AM 1010 that Schiano is a viable candidate and one that he’s comfortable with, saying he Schiano deserves a mountain of credit for what he accomplished at Rutgers, in contrast with Mike Sherman who had loads of resources at Texas A&M but flopped during his tenure there. And King likes that Schiano has NFL coaching experience, unlike Chip Kelly.

King said Schiano also has proven he’s an evaluator of talent because he was able to recruit NFL-caliber players to a second-tier program like Rutgers over the years.

“I hope they didn’t go college so they could have a puppet,” King said. “I hope has some control, via his contract, that he can control” picking his coaches.

The failures of selecting Jeff Jagodzinski and Jim Bates as coordinators for Raheem Morris, King said, should have taught Team Glazer and rockstar GM Mark Dominik a valuable lesson; that’s not the way to go and they’re not qualified to make those decisions.

“Schiano’s success and his failure revolve around two decisions: who they hire as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach,” King said. “He knows what it takes to win defensively.”

43 Responses to ““Gotta Let Greg Schiano Control His Destiny””

  1. SensibleBuc Says:

    Truer words have never been spoken. Give this guy the autonomy to hire who he wants (unlike the last coach), give him money to acquire talent, and get out of the way.

  2. bucfanjeff Says:

    Agreed. I would love to see Billick as OC though i know that wont happen.
    Assistants are from the buddy system, so who are his buddies?

  3. NYC BUC Says:

    I like it…As Optimus Prime says: “Lets Roll”!

  4. Bucs4life Says:

    Butch Davis is a known buddy…

    When Greg Schiano looks across the sidelines next Thursday, he’ll see the man who taught him how to be a head coach – Butch Davis.

    Davis, now the head coach at the University of North Carolina, took a young Schiano under his wing when he arrived at the University of Miami in 1999. He included the fresh-faced defensive coordinator in areas that he might not have been, had Schiano been with another program.

    “He’s one of my best friends in coaching,” Schiano said. “He’s meant a ton to me. Every stop along the way I was very blessed to have great people that I worked for. And at that time in my career, Butch gave me the opportunity to learn how to be a head coach.

  5. yar Says:

    This is scary I agree with King.

  6. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Since we didn’t hire Sherman, can someone please ask Shaun King if I am now a Bucs fan.

  7. bucfanjeff Says:

    The biggest failure, I think, with college coaches coming to the NFL is bringing other colleges coaches as their staff. He (Bucs) need to hire proven coordinators with NFL experience to rely on. Butch Davis, Wannedst, etc – might be just fine for DC (though I prefer Del Rio). If he brings in college coaches for OC, QB coach, etc…we’re F’ed. It’s traditionally a big learning curve.

    I’m hoping for the best either way.

  8. stevek Says:

    Thank you, Mr. King.

    I agree 100%

    Rock Star needs to step back, and let the MC run this gig.

    Let Schiano decide his own staff, and install some faith.

    I am grateful to not have bag o’ Chips Kelly.

  9. eric Says:

    a butch davis wanstad deciple.

    bóring offenses. cant see how this helps five.

    makes less sense the more i research. aint gonna cut it vs sean payton. smith. and cam and the boys imo.

  10. Pete Dutcher Says:

    What kind of defense is he known to run?

  11. Pete Dutcher Says:

    @Shut the Buc Up
    I hate you


  12. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    AdamSchefter just tweeted…Greg Schiano calling staff meeting now at Rutgers.


    How about offensive coaching connections? And ideas?

  14. Theodore Says:

    Pete, I’m interested too. Anyone know what kind of systems (O or D) Schiano likes to run? Surely someone out there watches USF games 🙂

  15. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Adam Shefter….Now official: After finalizing a five-year deal, the Buccaneers officially have hired Greg Schiano as their next head coach.

  16. SensibleBuc Says:

    Side note: Hope he wasn’t privy to Sandusky’s comings and goings.

  17. Bulldog Says:

    I also want to ask all you experts , what kind of quality caring HC would take an NFL job this late with recruiting being SO crucial to each SCHOOL ? If they were of such strong character traits one would think they would say come see me earlier next year so my departure wouldn’t ruin all that I have worked for here. Especially in a second to third tier school lie Rutgers..

  18. Buc Neckid Says:

    Whew… It’s over.
    no sherman

  19. Phenom4498 Says:

    I hope he brings in Marc Trestman from Montreal or Tom Clement but he’ll likely stay in Green Bay and be promoted to OC since Philbin left

  20. Bobby Says:

    I think the system they run will be decided in consulting with the OC and DC he chooses. At Rutgers they liked to pound the rock so Trent Richardson may get a look at #5 in the draft. I doubt whether he’ll try to run anything other than a 4-3 on defense. That’s the personnel he’s inheriting.

  21. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Bulldog….a HC who just got a 5 year….$6 million (guessing here) contract. LMAO!

  22. ty Says:

    its official he is hired

  23. SensibleBuc Says:

    @ Bulldog

    It’s kinda hard to tell your future employer to “Hurry up and hire me.” Much like Chip Kelly, his schedule was beholden to the Glazers’ timetable.

    Also, it’s better that he take the job now BEFORE signing day than after because the kids still have a choice of where they want to go to school.

    The timing of his move isn’t a negative knock on his character.

  24. BigMacAttack Says:

    Fingers are crossed and cautiously optimistic. At least he gets in before the Combine and Draft. Full offseason to prepare. Step 1 – Check. He should get his staff in place rather quickly.

    Speaking of Payton and the Aint’s, I heard that Carl Nicks is a free agent and if they have to break the bank to sign Brees, he and Colston could be available. I would love to have Nicks as a Guard opposite Joseph and move Zuttah to center.

  25. gotbbucs Says:


    Get real. This is the nature of the beast. When big opportunities come along to advance you in the profession that you work your whole life towards you don’t pass them up.

  26. gotbbucs Says:

    Hey Joe,

    Any word on when we can expect a press conference? Tomorrow morning or possibly later today?

  27. Bobby Says:

    @Bulldog….you’re not really serious are you??? The answer is the same as “What kind of quality, caring husband would take a pay raise to better take care of his family and move up in his career?” That was a really, really, REALLY lame comment dude. Again….think before you post.

  28. thomas 2.2 Says:

    Schiano is fine, not exciting by any means but acceptable.

    he is a 100 fold improvement over what we just suffered through, and contrary to what Joe stated earlier – the recovery starts now with Free and our OLine, Clayborn and Bowers – you could scrap the rest and not bat an eye.

    Hooray! We actually have a real coach.

    Now if we can just get Schiano to tell the pop star to “sit down shut up and go pick up the Glazers dry-cleaning while the men handle the football” – we will be headed in the right direction.

  29. Bulldog Says:

    He was making 2.3 million,,wow he must have been starving..next ?

  30. OAR Says:

    Just curious, but do you run like Raheem’s grandmother?

  31. raphael Says:

    I was gonna be a Shiano fan, then Fat Shaun had to open his pie hole….

  32. Joe Says:


    Any word on when we can expect a press conference? Tomorrow morning or possibly later today?

    He will be on the air at 3 p.m. with Joe’s good friend, The Big Dog, Steve Duemig, on WDAE-AM 620.

  33. Big Marlon B Says:

    if im not mistaken, Zuttah is a free agent now. i would imagine this hire will help convince him to stay, assuming of course the Bucs want him back. i’m not going to go crazy and say this means Ray Rice will come here, because he is crucial to the Ravens’ success and Ozzie Newsome is wayyyyy too smart to let him get away. but i think keeping Zuttah and possibly moving him to center (cutting Faine in the process) would be great for the O line.

  34. gotbbucs Says:

    Very good, thank you Joe.

  35. Big Marlon B Says:

    ok i have no idea what word im using that is getting blocked, but i tried adding 2 more posts….no dice.

  36. Bulldog Says:

    Oar , really ? Unlike little minded folks like you who can’t seem to keep it to the subject but who just try to elevate themselves to manhood from behind a computer I have no need of running.Especially from the likes of you. I never say your lame or make nasty remarks. I simply have no need to. I stand by my opinion that both Chip & Dip do their schools a big disservice by leaving them a week before recruitment.. Is that or is that NOT a fact ? Regardless of whether or not it means a pay raise.

  37. Big Marlon B Says:

    Chud was TE coach at Miami while Schiano was D coordinator. not saying he would bail on Carolina after only 1 year, but its at least worth noting. maybe an Assistant Head Coach label could make it happen?

  38. OAR Says:

    A little minded folk elevated to manhood here.
    Relax man, it was just an attempt at a joke(I guess a poor one?) from when Raheem said he beat up some kid for saying his grandmother ran like a bulldog. Get it? It really is funny!
    BTW my remark wasn’t directed at your opinion at all, sorry if it came across that way.

  39. Bulldog Says:

    Oar , My apologies too. I have this damn cold from Hell or I might have remembered that quote.. I also was reacting to a few posts above yours..I appreciate your opinions regardless if I agree or not. You seem to come from a position of knowledge vs the rag reading experts…I’m just real disappointed and I am NOT usually one to nay say BEFORE seeing what happens..Regardless of my views as a fan I can only ride the ride. As an OLD fan from the beginning I’m running out of time for seeing us as a perennial competitor. But as one who has played the game I tend to see the college coach as much as a teacher as I do a coach. And it IS important to keep continuity especially in such a critical and competitive time as recruitment..Just my take I guess

  40. OAR Says:

    No problem! I understand were just fans, which get $h!t on more than not! And, I kinda of have my doubts too but hopefully I will be wrong? I’m an OLD one too from the begining, ah the ole sombereo days, after the worse-to-first run, those were some rough ones!

  41. Bulldog Says:

    10-4 ,,, always fun going to the home games seeing more of the other teams colors than your own. Not to mention the jokes from all my relatives and out of town friends..But here we are again! Nothing like experience right? LOL

  42. OAR Says:

    Very true and unfortunately, we do have that kind of experience.

  43. Big Marlon B Says:

    U guys wanna talk jokes?? I’m a Bucs fan born and raised in NY….u should see the looks I get from people when I tell them haha