Report: Bucs Inches From Deal With Schiano

January 26th, 2012

It seems the man that resurrected the Rutgers University football program, in an area of the country where college football is typically an afterthought, will be the next Bucs head coach, so reports NFL insider Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Barring a Chip Kelly–style screw job, it’s going to happen in a matter of hours. Schiano’s 11-year run at Rutgers will end and he’ll be named the Bucs’ ninth head coach.

Schefter says Team Glazer and Mark Dominik worked furiously through the night on a contract.

The two sides met Wednesday for the second time and then spent some of the night into the morning trying to work out a contract that is expected to be finalized, according to a source.

Mike Sherman, the other candidate to get a second interview with the Bucs, is in Miami this morning visiting with the Dolphins about their offensive coordinator job, according to a source.

Schiano is an under-the-radar coach, but Tampa Bay has been eyeing him throughout this process. Buccaneers college scout Bill Rees made contact with Schiano at the outset of Tampa Bay’s coaching search, and the two men stayed in contact.

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.

Interestingly, Schiano’s background is on defense, this on the heels of the offer to offensive guru Chip Kelly.

Clearly Team Glazer wants a fresh face with head coaching experience that can take the franchise all the way through what hopefully will truly be the next — and final — lasting-contender phase.

97 Responses to “Report: Bucs Inches From Deal With Schiano”

  1. eric Says:

    Well, its damn sure bold I will give em that!

  2. jvato24 Says:

    I just dont know what to Say … Not mad … Not overly excited … Guess just kind of TGINS – Thank God its not Sherman

    Im sure Joe will get the goods on his background and just who this guy Is

  3. 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 relavent 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.

  4. bucfanjeff Says:

    What a downer. Another ex-DB coach from Jersey to HC of an NFL team. And his record at Rutgers is .500.

    There appears to be no difference between he and Raheem. Am I missing something?

  5. bucfanjeff Says:

    Well, I just hope he gets one HELL of an OC.

  6. jLM Says:

    We can celebrate that it’s not Sherman!!!

  7. Richard Says:

    “There appears to be no difference between he and Raheem. Am I missing something?”

    Schiano’s last eleven years as head coach at Rutgers, apparently.

  8. bucfanjeff Says:

    “Schiano’s last eleven years as head coach at Rutgers, apparently.”
    …and he’s done what with that exactly?

  9. Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    Well, this will make the information I was told and posted wrong, but I like the hire!
    For one thing, he is Italian, and he seems to be well respected.
    I am down with it.

  10. josh Says:

    his Age is the first big difference, and the fact that he has been a head coach before, which unfortunately for Rahem was his weakness. if this does happen lets see what kind of assistance he hires before we get all crazy about the hiring.

  11. flmike Says:

    He took a garbage program and made it a contender with less resources than most Florida Junior Colleges have for football.

  12. jvato24 Says:

    Schiano served as defensive coordinator for the University of Miami from 1999 to 2000. In 1999, UM finished the year ranked 12th in the NCAA’s Division I-A in points allowed per game (17.2), and in 2000 moved up to 5th (15.5 points allowed per game). His brief 18 month stint at Miami and his roots in New Jersey, made him a candidate for his next position as Rutgers head coach.

    While at the University of Miami, Schiano coached: NFL Pro Bowlers Dan Morgan, linebacker, retired; Jonathan Vilma, linebacker, New Orleans Saints; and Ed Reed, free safety, Baltimore Ravens.

  13. bucfanjeff Says:

    I’ve read he plays a smash mouth style offense with RB by committe, if true, I think we have just gone backwards. I think the Rutgers team he had when they were descent, he had ray rice.

  14. bucfanjeff Says:

    I’ll support him until he proves otherwise if he’s the guy. What will be key is whom his OC and DC will be….VERY important.

  15. jvato24 Says:

    Schiano received most of the major 2006 national Coach of the Year awards after orchestrating what was considered by many to be one of the great turn-around stories in college football history, transforming the hapless Scarlet Knights into a winning football program

  16. Architek Says:

    I don’t care. Wish him the best. No knee jerk reaction. You never know what happens but I do know we can’t go anywhere but up. It’s sad but I wont buy tickets or NFL Ticket again until the organization proves themselves again. Right now they are severely in the negative.

  17. jvato24 Says:

    Ray Rice to the Bucs !!! haha had to say it

    Those posts i found were from wikipedia

  18. eric Says:

    Apparently he was a finalist for Rams job also.

    Rutgers defense was ranked 13th last season.

    Sure didn’t expect this one! Opposite of what everyone pontificated: defensive with no prior NFL HC experience.

    Rockstar has taken a big swing here.

  19. Buc N' A Says:

    I think this is a good hire. Say what you will about the Glazer boys, but they aren’t afraid to take a chance. I live in NYC and I was around when Rutgers was just horrible. Football was a joke at that University, he made it relevant with few resources. His record doesn’t’ reflect it, but he did a great job with very little. Does that mean he’ll be worth a d*mn as head coach for the Bucs? Don’t know, but I believe someone else posted my other thought: Thank God it’s not Sherman. Let’s give the man a chance and see what he can do. GO BUCS! Now hire some slick assistants please.

  20. Camby Says:

    He’s a college coach, and not even a good 1 at that. College coaches have hardly ever shown the ability to come in and succeed at the NFL level starting at the top. Far better coaches than Schiano have tried and failed. This hire reeks of laziness, Domenik not wanting a strong personality to challenge his authority as one of the WORST GM’s in the NFL, and the Glazer’s again being thrifty in their attempt to tick off this fan base enough to be justified in moving this team to LA. I can now leave the NFL off of my things to be interested in, as we have by far the worst head coach in the NFL if this is to be believed.

  21. TurnThePage Says:

    He also was the DC at Miami, 12th ranked defense in 1999… coached with the Chicago Bears on defense…

    He was a HC for 10 or 11 years at Rutgers and did a good job towards the end for Rutgers… the latter years they were in the Big East.

    I think this is good… he has experience at being a HC of untalented, outmatched athletes… PERFECT FIT 🙂

  22. ClayBURN94 Says:


  23. Patrick Says:

    Disappointing hire……sure as hell hope that some of you are right about this guy…..but this is yet another hire that seems like a big question mark and a guy who is not experienced enough at the NFL level. I’m just sick of them making moves that we never feel good about.

  24. Joe Says:

    Greg Schiano hires Tom Bradley as defensive coordinator?

    Think about it.

  25. Jdog Says:

    All the by fan crying and complaining are the ones that were screaming for Marty.


    I’m not blown away. But, I’m not punching a wall.

    What I do like is he has experience rebuilding a program that was historically terrible and made them solid. It’s next to impossible to get recruits to Rutgers.

    And, I like that he has at least some NFL experience.

    And it’s not Sherman or Chilly. Though, I would not be upset if either wound up at OC, just not HC.

  27. ac3 Says:

    he will be tagged…interesting to see what happens if Ray Rice isn’t though

  28. bucfanjeff Says:

    Tom Bradley? unimpressed

    I’m not excited at all about any of this, but maybe he turns out to be great.

  29. simeon Says:

    i wanted to refresh my memory of his bio..apparently he is already the coach, ha…

  30. Joe Says:

    Tom Bradley? unimpressed

    Wow! Really????.

    Just what the Bucs need. A stickler for fundamentals. A guy who demands and teaches fundamentals or the guy sits on the pine.

  31. astrobucs Says:

    good hire , needed somone to fix D. and pound the rock

  32. Bucs4life Says:

    Reading the negativity on this thread makes me embarrassed to be a Bucs fan and even read this website.

  33. Dave Says:

    I do not know enough about him or the guys he would bring in but he is a good HC with strong defensive ties to some great programs (The U and Penn St).
    heck, building Rutgers into a decent program was something no one else good ever do…. forever.

    Let’s give it a chance and see how it all transpires.

    Heck, after the last 10 games last year, there HAS to be some improvement his year. right?

  34. Chris FWC Says:

    Why is this still being reported? This is old news. LOL!

  35. TurnThePage Says:

    I fall into this category, but fans don’t know what the f— they are talking about. With over a hundred colleges out there, 32 teams and all the coordinators to go with, YOU CAN’T know every name out there.

    Bellicheat said he is a good coach.

    Let’s move on and start talking free agency already.

  36. buCncRazy Says:

    Butch Davis for DC they have some backround maybe a Chilly or Sherman for OC,Im ok with Bradley for DC too.

  37. Jdog Says:

    Joe it’s time to call these buc fans out. I dont understand all the negativity around here. If your a fan get behind your team. Its a great hire. Just wait until you hear him speak at the press conference. He’s a very passionate coach.

  38. Patrick Says:

    @Bucs4life……this is a very important hire for this team….whoever it is we’re stuck with him for at least 2-3 years. We don’t want them to screw it up

  39. BigMacAttack Says:

    Good luck Coach, you’re on the clock.

  40. gotbbucs Says:

    Bucs fans are a bigger joke around the NFL than the actual team.

  41. Cmurda Says:

    I’m pumped. You had me at the name not being Mike Sherman. This is a very intriguing hire. As a USF alum, I see a lot of Rutgers and Schiano runs a very pro – style offense and he is not afraid to “pound the rock”. His teams have always emphasized very good defense. I really like this hire assuming it actually gets finalized.

  42. White Tiger Says:

    Actually, mixture of relief and excitement – relived it’s not nicemanbutnotagoodcoach Sherman…excitement because it’s a disciplinarian/defensive minded coach with a solid record. The only reason more folks didn’t have him on their radar screens is because he’s consistently refused to speak to the elite colleges in order to stay at his beloved Rutgers (what I don’t get is, don’t know how so many media experts never even had Schiano ON their radar)!?

    Like the move, he may have some transition type issues, but he’s got a ton of credibility.

    Good move by the Glazers and their Rockstar GM!

  43. Aceofaerospace Says:

    I like the hire. Just because I like it, doesn’t mean he will be successful though. However, Rutgers football has historically sucked. Being 500 there is an accomplishment. I can’t imagine trying to recruit blue chip players to come to Rutgers, so he probably did great with what he had. I’m looking forward to seeing who he hires and what he can do. I still think the Glazers never intended on hiring Sherman. I believe he was just a smoke screen. How many fans are now saying, whew, at least he’s not Mike Sherman?

  44. David Says:

    I really like the move! He reminds me of a young kirk ferentz, but less stoic. I think he is a true leader and that is what this team has been lacking. Keep in mind that he ha been handicapped by coaching at rutgers without premier talent. He won’t have that problem in the nfl.

  45. FreemanBomb5 Says:

    28-48 career record in the scrub Big East. Need I say more?

  46. Pete Dutcher Says:

    CBS reports he is officially the new head coach.

  47. Buddhaboy Says:

    Love it. Outside the box. Continously beat usf with much less talent. Searching for an up n comer. Way to go glazers. Thought id never say that.

  48. Pete Dutcher Says:

    FreemanBomb5 Says:
    January 26th, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    28-48 career record in the scrub Big East

    49-28 winning record over the last 6 years.

    See? I can do numbers too 😉

  49. scott Says:

    Got $10 saying he backs out and remains at Rutgers!

  50. White Tiger Says:

    Part of Schiano’s success was getting the blue chip high school recruits that every team in the America goes after – to give Rutgers a look.

    He’s a good recruiter, built a solid staff, and consistently stayed at the top of the Big East. Again, I think it will eventually be revealed to have been a great hire.

  51. Buc_The_World Says:

    I don’t understand all the negativity as well Joe. I guess they would all be happier if Sherman was the coach. Basically there aren’t too many coaches out there I could get excited about, but I like this hire. I will give him the benefit of the doubt and he has my support unless he proves himself unworthy to coach my team. I want him to be successful.

  52. jarrett Says:

    david, he is coaching the bucs so he still has to try to win without premeir talent. At least hes prepared for it

  53. jarrett Says:


  54. BucFan South Tampa Says:

    Good hire. Well played Dominick

  55. eric Says:

    Well I was thinking where something like this has worked.

    Tom Coughlin comes to mind. BC coach to the Jags and now the Super Bowl. Somewhat similar dablings in NFL.

    Initial shock is over.

    What the heck, what have we got to lose.

  56. Morgan Says:

    Anyone know how to get a refund on season tickets?

  57. Jared Says:

    “Reading the negativity on this thread makes me embarrassed to be a Bucs fan and even read this website.”

    Agreed! Bucs fans can be so annoying sometimes.

  58. FreemanBomb5 Says:

    I provided his career record in his conference of scrubs. What will New Orleans and Atlanta do to us if Rutgers can’t even win the Big East. You provided favorable numbers, while I provided career numbers. It would be like me saying Raheem Morris 10-6 in the year 2010.

  59. FreemanBomb5 Says:

    Don’t pay with a credit card because they will try to enroll you in automatic renewal.

  60. Big Picture Guy Says:

    Joe, I like your idea about Tom Bradley for DC. It would be a good job for him, and according to 620, its rumored Schiano has his staff in place already. Bradley makes a lot of sense.

    Still curious to see who will or could be OC, but everything I have read about Schiano is positive and impressive. He isn’t the most amazing candidate out there, but such a candidate doesn’t exist. He does have a lot of things in his favor.

    -Rutgers sucked until he took over and turned them around with no budget. All they could afford to do was pay him 2.4 mil (more than many SEC coaches and Raheem Morris himself) to coach a small school in the Big East, and THATS IT.
    -coached Reed, Vilma and Morgan for 2 years as the U’s DC
    -2006 coach of the year in CFB
    -turned down jobs for Miami and Michigan HC

    His 4 years as a DB coach under JoePa during the height of the Sandusky years in the 90’s, is a red flag to me. But I think he has the resume and the pedigree as a disciplined teacher of fundamentals is a good fit.

  61. Vince Says:

    Im intrigued about the hire- It’s not who I wanted, nor is it a knock your socks off hire, but in my opinion it’s better than Sherman, Childress, Phillips etc.. I’ll remain cautiously optimistic until I see how he handles our dysfunctional organization.

  62. thibs5599 Says:

    If Bill Belichick likes him, so do I.

  63. Patrick Says:

    What style offense dud this guy run at Rutgers?

  64. Macabee Says:

    I like the Hire and I will support him as I did every Buc coach that preceded him, good or bad!

  65. D-Rome Says:

    I don’t know the statistics but how many long term college coaches really make it in the NFL? There have been a number of college coaches in recent years that made the jump from HC in college to HC in NFL and it didn’t work out. As a matter of fact in all cases it ended badly. Spurrier, Saban, Lane Kiffin, Petrino, Butch Davis, ect….

    But we’re to believe that THIS TIME it’s going to be different?

  66. Morgan Says:

    Dominik and the Glazers will have a lot of selling to do on this hire. To me it looks like the Bucs are going to serve again as a internship for another coach to learn how to be an NFL head coach.

  67. Dingus Says:

    Raheem was from New Jersey too, that didn’t work out too well.

  68. Patrick Says:

    Hope he doesn’t have any ties to that scandal either

  69. Pete Dutcher Says:

    Let me just say…this guy could have been #2 on their list all along. We never saw their real list.

    And the other interviews could have been for other coaching positions…covertly.

  70. Camby Says:

    If Dominik was in my fantasy league, I’d make sure he paid before the draft. He’s going to prove to be the most inept GM in the league. You can only hang your hat on signing LGB for so long.

  71. bucfanjeff Says:

    @Patrick, smash mouth, ball control

  72. Pete Dutcher Says:

    So just assume failure out of the gates?

    It’s going to be a really bad 3-4 years for you guys who are so negative. Why even watch the games? How can people be so negative (I’m not addressing you overall, but certain others) and remain fans.

    I prefer to watch games and hope we can win, not go into thinking we will see failure…you know? Makes it more enjoyable being a fan.

    I actually love this hire the more I think about it.

  73. stevek Says:

    Well worth the wait. This guy is just what we need.

    Way to go Dom, if you can pull this off, I will dub the “Rock Star” with no objections……. until you go silent in FA again 😉

  74. thegregwitul Says:

    In all cases, D-Rome, college hires ended badly? All cases? Each and every single hire ended badly? I call Harbaugh on that.

  75. Pete Dutcher Says:

    FreemanBomb5 Says:
    January 26th, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    I provided his career record in his conference of scrubs. What will New Orleans and Atlanta do to us if Rutgers can’t even win the Big East. You provided favorable numbers, while I provided career numbers. It would be like me saying Raheem Morris 10-6 in the year 2010.

    My point is this…you may as well start looking for reasons to like the guy…because you are stuck with him.

    And if you were really pulling up career numbers, it would have been more 50-50.

    Don’t look for reasons to hate this move…what’s the point? A few years of being miserable?


    The key is the staff. I’d cream my skivvies over Butch Davis as DC. He can coach defense.

    What offensive connections does he have?

  77. Cannon Says:

    I wonder who the OC will be?

  78. passthebuc Says:

    One problem The Glazers have no direct football experience, Joe’s rockstar man crush has shown limited success and now a HC with limited pro football experience. Either the rock star is better equiped to handle the situation than i suspect or the Glazers will be planning his demise next year.

    Then again, if they win 6 games next year the Glazers can point to a 100 percent improvement and ticket sales will jump off the map.


    That sounds like a good name for a song. Or at least the Bucs theme song?

  79. Patrick Says:

    Harbough, Jimmy Johnson and Switzer are the only ones i can think of that did it. But Switzer took over a Johnson team that had already won 2 super bowls

  80. Northend Says:

    Props to dom and brothers g.this should be a very exciting offseason.he should be able to put together a quality staff ,quickly.he already has been scouting the big east all year so hes way ahead on draft prep there.maybe reunite with davis??

  81. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    His Rutgers Bio.

  82. Matt D Says:

    Now it’s time for him to get to the Senior Bowl, and do some scouting.

  83. jvato24 Says:

    #1 it will be a positive if the players have to call him “Coach” and not Rah.

    He was a Line-Backer and up for All American when he played.

    He plays a Smash Mouth O (when he has the pieces) with deep PA.

    Defense he blitzed heavy at Miami and adapted to a Zone scheme with Rutgers.

    He actually bases his scheme on his players … Whatta concept

  84. lightningbuc Says:

    I find it hilarious that the two coaches the Glazers were really interested in, the media know-it-alls such as Kaufman, Cummings, Stroud, et al knew nothing about until the last minute. Instead they are spewing gibberish about Sherman, Schottenheimer, etc due to info given them from their “sources”. Ever wonder that these “sources” may be blowing smoke up the skirts of these “journalists” and laughing behind their back. These guys didn’t know any more than we did in this process.

  85. SensibleBuc Says:

    Ohhh boy. Wow. I’ll wait to completely crap on the move until we see the staff.

    Todd Haley is still available for OC.

  86. kfc Says:

    Billy Cundiff just hired as special teams coach.

  87. scott Says:

    If this happens, I sure hope he’s more John McKay than Ray Perkins.

  88. FreemanBomb5 Says:

    No those are his career numbers in his conference.

  89. Bob Says:

    It really will interesting to see who’s appointed D.C. & O.C. I am certain in the interviews with all those coaches, they were asked whom they would recruit in case they became H.C. Certainly some names were repeats and worth pursuing. This may produce some exciting but relatively unknown coaches.

  90. quiet8302 Says:

    I’m just glad we got a coach so we can this offseason going get a staff together get on this draft and J5 n let’s go no turning back now!!! GO BUCS!!!

  91. GenocideD Says:

    After a rough start at Rutgers, Schiano turned the lowly Scarlet Knights program around, and since 2006, he has a 49-28 record including a 5-1 bowl record. Schiano helped Rutgers to its first bowl win in school history, a 37-10 triumph over the Josh Freeman-led Kansas State Wildcats in the Texas Bowl in 2006. Rutgers finished 12th in the polls that year, which is the highest final ranking in school history.

  92. Deminion Says:

    Im on board with the hire Rutgers has respectability with him, welcome to Tampa!!!

  93. Big Marlon B Says:

    @ jvato

    i was thinking the same thing when i heard the news….it really bothered me hearing guys refer to their coach as Rah. having a good rapport with the players is one thing, and i dont necessarily think it should be a dictatorship. but i think the coach should demand enough respect from his players to be referred to as “Coach ____” instead of being on a first name basis. crazy concept, i know….but i think thats an important thing.

  94. kfc Says:

    5 year contract. report from adam schefter

  95. BucFan20 Says:

    I see some of these reports but I will believe them when someone like Joe says the Name is on the bottom line!!

  96. Deminion Says:

    Im def onboard with the hire, alot of so-called fans are jumpin off the bandwagon i say GOOD you will be back cause i think this will be a different team nxt yr

  97. RustyRhino Says:

    32 former Scarlet Knights who played under Schiano were on NFL rosters for the 2010 season.

    from the Rutgers web site BIO on Coach Schiano thanks @ Scotty in Fat Antonio

    Not ALLPRO’s but that is a big list of NFL players from one former coach in the Big East powerhouse of Rutgurs.
    I like this hire