Greg Schiano Has Belicheat’s Stamp Of Approval

January 26th, 2012

Now Joe knows for reasons unknown, popcorn-munching, coffee-slurping, fried chicken-eating, oatmeal-loving, beer-chugging Peter King of Sports Illustrated annoys many Bucs fans, despite the fact he has a list of NFL contacts perhaps unmatched.

So in his must-read Monday Morning Quarterback on earlier this month, King waxed poetic about Rutgers coach Greg Schiano as a potential NFL coach and went on to write how Schiano has caught the eye on the notorious Bill Belicheat.

I think if there’s one college coach who could emerge as a candidate somewhere, this year or in the next couple, judging by the love he’s getting from pro people, it’s Greg Schiano of Rutgers. I’ve said this for the last couple of years, but if you ask Bill Belichick which young college coach he thinks could be a very good pro coach, it’s the 45-year-old Schiano.

Joe’s down (in a good way) with this hire, if it actually comes to be with the Bucs. Anyone that can make Rutgers a consistent winner, with bloodlines from Joe Paterno and Butch Davis in addition to NFL experience, that’s a winner in Joe’s eyes.

36 Responses to “Greg Schiano Has Belicheat’s Stamp Of Approval”

  1. jvato24 Says:

    Schefter says this is basically a wrap !!

  2. K2theSoldier Says:

    Yep, a winner with a 68-67 record! Just kidding, just wanted to give ya a hard time Joe. I’m sure he’ll be a good coach for us.

  3. Jdog Says:

    Wow is that bills wife?

  4. Brad Says:

    And he has NFL experience.

  5. justin Says:

    i spent almost a month checking sites everyday to see who we hire and this is who we get a guy whos never been a nfl coach before and has a horrible college record what a joke

  6. GenocideD Says:

    ESPN radio just stated he’s in negotiations with the Bucs.

  7. Joe Says:


    never been a nfl coach before

    That would be an inaccuracy. He was secondary coach with the Bears.

  8. BucFan South Tampa Says:

    Alan Shefter is reporting that deal between Shiano and Bucs are being finalized.

    By Adam Schefter
    ” The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are near an agreement to hire Rutgers coach Greg Schiano as their new head coach, according to league sources.”……”The Glazer family also conducted a massive amount of research, reaching out to various NFL people. One of the people they called was Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, who spoke highly of Schiano.”

    Since he coached for the Bears and University of Miami…he has some quals.

  9. Garv Says:

    This would be a smart, exciting and excellent hire IMO.
    The man turned around a dead program, can coach young men and is innovative.
    I heard someone mention on another thread he was like another former Buccaneer HC in that he had only been a DB coach in the NFL. Difference is Raheem had never been a HC at any level and only a DC for one year at KS!

    Let’s get it done and move forward. Anyone threatening to give up their season tickets over this hire is more than welcome to IMO.

  10. eric Says:

    Has NFL experience for two years as DB coach? OMG.

    Last coached in Pinstripe Bowl vs. Iowa State?

    Offense was 89th in the Nation?

    Wow, if this works it will be an absolute miracle. Hope it does but count me as breathtakingly skeptical. Hell Jim Leavit has better credentials. SKip Hottz turned around East Carolina.

    If you wanted defense why not Zimmer? THis guy is better than CLements and Chudz?


  11. bucfanjeff Says:

    I’m going to be like the VAST MAJORITY of people and say…”Uh, who?”

  12. jarrett Says:

    Good hire glazers,now lets get rid of rockstar

  13. Nick Says:

    Whats the over / under on days before a “Fire Schiano” screen name?

  14. gotbbucs Says:

    wikipedia already has Schiano listed as the head coach for the buccaneers!

  15. flmike Says:

    He resurrected a Rutgers program that was nearly dead and made them Big East contenders, plus he’s used to working with kids, which is what we have, I just want to see who he brings in as OC & DC and ST. Also, just read the list of NFLers he has under his belt coming out of Rutgers, two names stand out – Ray Rice and our very own Jeremy Zuttah.

  16. Matthew Says:

    I love all the “experts” on here going “who” or “what a bad hire”, when they know nothing of the man. Go back to hires like Mike Tomlin, Sean Peyton, even the Harbaughs, and no one was going “oh my god guranteed top end coach hires.” You realize how hard it is to be even competitive at Rutgers??! He made them relivent with less talent then the teams he played. He found Ray Rice. He turned down offers to coach at Michigan/Miami, Bellichek loves the guy, the Glazers obviously did TONS of interviews & homework. I’m fine with the hire for now, let the man coach & see what we do. Results are determined on the field not on message board views/the amount of BUZZ a canidate brings.

  17. Joe Says:


    I’m going to be like the VAST MAJORITY of people and say…”Uh, who?”

    That just displays their ignorance then.

  18. Architek Says:

    It’s sad how you choose to revere certain figures Joe. Peter King is a sloppy oatmeal, popcorn, roast beef eating journalist (consistent though) and Mark Dominik is a rockstar????


  19. ATLBuc Says:

    What he has been able to do at Rutgers is certainly impressive. I like that the Glazers are not afraid of taking a chance on a guy even though the Raheem experiment blew up their faces. The question will really be what kind of staff he can assemble, especially on the offensive side of the ball since he is a defensive minded coach. Gotta get somebody who can develop #5!

  20. eric Says:

    That I know nothing of the man, in of itself, makes me a bit nervous.

    Glazer research isnt really soothing my soul.

    But, if it is him we should get behind him and hope for the best. Gutsy.

  21. Bulldog Says:

    Perhaps Belicheat likes him because he knows he isn’t a threat.
    A franchise that can’t put bodies in the stands goes out and hires a no name with a HO hum record and his only claim to fame is being with Rutgers ( a football powerhouse) for 11 years.. I’m not usually a naysayer type but this one is just sad..The good thing is I get to do other things on the weekends come this fall. I can always just check out the rags Monday morning to see just how bad the Bucs lost..

  22. TurnThePage Says:

    Good enough for Bellicheat, good enough for me.

  23. McSiD Says:

    Best name so far. Has experience but not too much (Sorry Marty). I would be very happy with this pick.

  24. Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    I am down with the hire, even though it makes what I was told and posted wrong about Tampa already selecting their head coach in a secret handshake deal.
    Just wait till I see the customer who told me that 🙂
    Regardless, I have been wrong before, and I will surely be wrong again.
    They are talking about the hire on Sportscenter right now!
    I am extremely excited by this hire. I guess I just have blind faith in Jersey Italians ?
    Perhaps he will be our Jim Harbaugh, and return Tampa to our former glory.

  25. BigMacAttack Says:

    Does he have Thomas 2.2’s seal of approval???????

    If not, stand the eff by Coach.

  26. Dave Says:

    WOW, really EIRC? Already bashing a hire that isn’t announced yet? Already calling it a failure basically?

    The guy was in charge of GREAT defenses at The U.
    He was a DB coach with a great Penn St defense.

    The Rutgers defense has been good and the main reason he brought that school up into a decent program… something noone has ever been able to do.

    They will need a very good OC.

    But give the guy a chance and don’t look at the numbers at Rutgers, that is not the point. The point is he is an organized, strong on the fundementals, no-nonsense guy who is in charge.

  27. Dave Says:

    JOE: who is the blonde in the picture?

  28. eric Says:


    I am powerless to deprive him of a chance.

    Certainly I hope he does great. Seems exroardinarily risky to me, however.

    Turning around Rutgers is quite different from turning around the Bucs.

    Were going up against guys like Sean Payton, Smith, Rivera etc. Not USF and Connecticut.

    Can anybody recall such an obscure college coach turning around an NFL franchise?

  29. Aldo Says:

    in recent years this come to my mind:

    Kenny Britt (ass attitude but darn good WR)
    Devin McCourty (pro bowler and only decent CB of the patriots)
    Ray Rice (i guess we understand this one right?)

    mayube that list can grow up much more…

    my point is, he found talent in rutgers, and give life to that program, let the guy work

  30. vico Says:

    I think the Glazers never had an interview with him, but they looked at this video of Schiano teaching Defense: (click on sample videos)

    And all they said was: That’s what we don’t know how to do! The video is called Defense Fundamentals. Schiano talks tackling.

  31. vico Says:

    Also in the video ( ) he namedrops Belichick, and how he taught him tackling.

  32. JAS Says:

    The bigger question is “Who is the blonde”??

  33. Snook Says:

    Face it, folks.

    There weren’t many good options out there.

    Unless you hire an old re-tread, there’s no good coaches with NFL head coaching experience.

    If you hire a current NFL assisstant with no head coaching experience, Bucs fans still whine.

    You can’t win with Bucs fans. Unless you win. Then they shut up.

    I’ll reserve my judgement of this guy until I see him in action.

    Good luck, coach.

  34. Bobby Says:

    Good for the Glazers! This is a good hire in my opinion. Rutgers has been spitting out NFL talent since this guy took over. I believe he will do well at Tampa and I’m really excited that they were thinking outside of the box. This is great. If he pans out we have a coach for years to come while we build our dynasty.

  35. sandbagrudy Says:

    Belicheat got a new juggs machine to show off to the players

  36. Tampa2 Says:

    She’s his girlfriend ——> LINDA HOLLIDAY <——- O_O

    MILF !!!!!!!!!!