Schiano Will Pick His Staff

January 27th, 2012

The dean of Tampa Bay sports radio, Steve Duemig, of WDAE-AM 620, made it a point today, several times, to share rockstar general manager Mark Dominik’s words to him delivered during a brief break in his show.

Duemig said Dominik called him to ask him to please inform his audience that Greg Schiano will be picking his staff and Dominik will simply be working on their contracts, as well as tossing names at Schiano if he’s looking for referrals during the process.

Of course, Joe knows many fans think Dominik has fresh new marionette strings for Schiano and this new era is nothing more than Dominik’s second puppet regime.

Joe, however, doesn’t buy into that nonsense. Joe believes Schiano will control selection of his staff.

As for Schiano filling holes in free agency in 2012, Joe’s not so sure how that will go down. All Joe can say is the cash question flies out the window in 2013, when every NFL team will be forced to spend nearly the same amount on player salaries.

59 Responses to “Schiano Will Pick His Staff”

  1. Garv Says:

    Of course Greg Schiano will pick his own staff. I highly doubt he’d be here if he couldn’t.
    Anyway, good to know for sure.

  2. k_bassuka Says:

    That’s a shocker Joe doesn’t think anything negative about MD. I just hope we get this thing turned around but my head tells me that ain’t going to happen, @ least not with this coach…

  3. Mark Says:

    That’s right Joe – still gotta be your best self!

  4. sandbagrudy Says:

    so he will be looking for seminoles his favorite saying is keep chopping. then again one of his first cuts might have to be Geno Hayes and arrow for a spear

  5. mark2001 Says:

    This may be the biggest difficulty of signing on late.

    I certainly hope he gets some quality assistants. Hearing that he will sign a D coordinator is certainly a step in the right direction….not trying to do that and HC. Rah tried to do too much and didn’t have barely any other adults in the room when trying to “mature” the young guys.

  6. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    There is no way that Schiano takes this job for the modest raise (2.3 to 3) if Dom controlled who is assistants are. That is a recipe for another debacle.

    Hopefully, Dom has learned that football needs to be left to the football guys. Dom can draft and fill in the terms of the contract etc, but Dom should no more be making roster decisions than Hawaiian after 1/2 dozen pina coladas – actually Hawaiian’s analysis might improve at that point.

    Bottom Line: we have a head coach to be excited about!

  7. Raphael Says:

    Joe – how can we keep Donald Penn from eating everything known to mankind? Lol. I think we hit a home run with Shiano !

  8. gotbbucs Says:

    This should have been obvious to anyone listening with an open mind to the presser. Schiano has a formula in place and will need his people in place to follow through with it. Like Thomas said, he didn’t take this job without the understanding that he was the X’s and O’s guy, and that includes staff, and Dominik is the Front Office Exec. who takes care of contracts and trades and things of that nature. I’m sure Dominik will have a huge hand in the draft and free agency and he should.
    I strongly believe that Dominik has assembled a very good group of players here that Morris and his staff just couldn’t get the most out of. Schiano will get more out of these guys than Morris could and will have more concrete schemes in place than the flip flopping back and forth that Morris did from one idea to the next.

  9. sandbagrudy Says:

    We’ll see what happens. Because Greg (the Sandwich )Schiano says when our best is the best we’ll be superbowl champs!!! uncle junior wrote that speech after he had Mikey Palmisi wack Brandon Falone in the bathtub

  10. gotbbucs Says:

    For once, Pat Yasinkas gets it right.

  11. RastaMon Says:

    let the man chose his own tools…..I can not fathom the notion that the HC is told by anyone that …here…you coach…these are the assistants “I picked for you”

  12. Lucas Jackson Says:

    Teams not accountable for salary floor until 2016

  13. bucfanlostiniowa Says:

    Let’s just hope he can pick some better assistants than Bates, Jagz and Olson.

  14. Travis Says:

    Lucas Jackson: You sir are incorrect.
    2013 is the year the salary cap floor takes effect.

  15. Lucas Jackson Says:

    Travis but it’s a three-year average that is not enforced until 2016

  16. Travis Says:

    Lucas, all that matters is that the Bucs will spend 106.8 million or more on players salaries by next year. No smoke and mirrors. 106.8 million plain and simple.

  17. CC Says:

    I’m glad he will pick his own staff. I just hope he has an open checkbook to hire top notch NFL people like Butch Davis.

  18. Lucas Jackson Says:

    Sorry not that simple Travis they could spend 80% of the floor in 2013 and then 90% of the floor in 2014 and then the cap in the final years and still comply. It’s in the CBA. You can read it for your self

  19. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    Lucas is right but not thinking it through. Right now they are approx 50% (63 mil of 120 mil cap) of the 2013 cap.

    To get to the 3 year average of 90%, you are going to have to get much closer by 2013.

    Because you can’t get to 90% over three years if you are at even 60% for one of those 3 years bc 100% + 100% + 60% doesn’t equal a three average of 90%.

    The real question is what is the penalty. Our cheap a– owners may just pay a fine if it is less than what they would be forced to spend.

  20. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    I meant 2011 cap in first sentence.

  21. Lucas Jackson Says:

    Thomas the penalty is just to pay the players what they would’ve been paid if they would’ve met the floor in the three-year average is 1314 and 15 so what’s going on now does not matter that is why I use the example I did so might want to rethink that he didn’t think it through comment

  22. too much rust on the pewter Says:

    Schiano reminds me of the dad from ‘The wonder years ‘. Hopefully hes just as mean.

  23. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    The part I meant about not thinking it fully through is – they are going to have to spend 40+ million additional per year to get your hypothetical 80% number in 2013.

    That is considerable money on players that MUST be spent between now and 2013 to even get to 80%.

    It was apparent to me that you didn’t know that we were only at 63 mil and 50% of the cap this year.

    Yes they can spend nothing more next year, and then wait until 13 to get to the minimum 70% and then go the additional 30% in 14 and 15. That is a mandatory HUGE increase in player salaries from where we are today (rock bottom). The Rays have a 25 man roster and spend the same and the Magic have a 12 man roster and are in the ballpark.

    Thanks to the CBA the Glazers can only steal (basically) money for 1 more season.

  24. Raphael Says:

    Get a life 2.2 whatever

  25. Lucas Jackson Says:

    Thomas the penalty is only to pay what they should’ve paid if they were stealing money as you suggest they would just stay well below the floor has an interest free loan all the way to 2016. Also 40 million in cash layout is not that much to make up with all the players that they have that they could restructure plus free agents. Only idiots who think of things like they are stealing money worry about stuff like you’re worrying about my example was intended to point out to idiots who say things like stealing and cheap all the time that if they were really those things they would simply ignore the floor has an interest free loan. Payroll is low because of a decade of horrific drafting. With the exception of Joseph this year they have not re-signed a premium pick in almost a decade

  26. Big Picture Guy Says:

    The whole reason Dominik called up 620 this afternoon, and made it a point to tell Steve to tell the world that message, was because of Shaun King today. King spent 3 hours ragging on Dominik (some points justly, some un-justly) but wouldn’t shut up about how he couldn’t fathom Dominik picking assistant coaches or something like that.

    I tuned him out, it was horrible Friday afternoon radio, and whenever i tried back to see if he got over it and moved on, nah bro. It was such an obsessive rant on Dominik, that I’m starting to think Thomas and Saun King are the same person, lol.

  27. Big Picture Guy Says:

    Lucas Jackson, who did you want them to resign? The first round draft picks from 2002, and 2003, OR the 2nd round draft picks from 2002 and 2004??

  28. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Hey Thomas,

    Just so you know, a Pina Colada is not a Hawaiian Drink idiot! I think what you are trying to say is Mai Tai. If you are going to try to tell a joke, at least get it right douche bag.

    Besides, let me know when you get a job as a GM or talent evaluator. You are a nobody, and you will always be a nobody. You never say who you want to draft until after the draft, in which case you complain about that pick. So go ahead little girl, tell us who you, the great Thomas, wants.

  29. Bulldog Says:

    Hiring his own peeps..Mcwho for OC.. OOOOhhh the excitement..

  30. Lucas Jackson Says:

    Exactly Big Pic Guy. And just look what they did with picks they had. One example is they drafted Cadilac instead of Rogers. Cadillac cost the Bucs zero. Rogers signed a 65 million extension

  31. Fear The Glow Says:

    I just went back and watched his whole press conference (I only caught the second half earlier) and I can see why this guy did so well at Rutgers. He would make one hell of a recruiter!

    If he can coach as well as he can hold a presser we are in good hands. Unfortunately I think we are in for one ugly season. He has an awful lot on his plate to deal with this season.

    I hope he can put together a solid staff.

    After watching that press conference I would be shocked if the Bucs don’t spend significant money and/or draft picks on a burner WR.

  32. Big Picture Guy Says:

    Good point too, Lucas. Tho sometimes you get Cadillac, and other times you get Adrian Peterson. And while not signing a former 1st round and 2nd round pick this offseason certainly lowered the potential salary cap level of this team, you would have to hope at least 1 of those 4 premium picks we gave up would have panned out to be a pro-bowler, another one hopefully decent and maybe the other 1 or 2 could be busts. But total that would be guys now making between 20-30 mil a year in their primes.

    So hypothetically speaking, add that all up plus Caddy and Ruud resigning and you have between 30-40 million dollars that the Glazers COULD have been spending these last few years, working within their mantra of “build through the draft and resign the ones you want.” But they didn’t, some bc of circumstance, some bc those picks sucked or were traded (and 1 who later died, RIP Gaines Aadams) and some bc of choice to let them go this offseason.

    This team has had a TERRIBLE core for the last 10 years, since the Superbowl winning one left. The only guy who has panned out has been Joseph. To spend money on FA’s would be like throwing money into the wind off of Albert Haynesworth’s almost-was yacht in the bay.

    I just really hope that Schiano brings in some stability to this core group of high recent draft picks, like he says he will. Basically, do what Dungy brought back to the Wyche era high draft picks back in the day. I believe he will be able to do this bc all his former assistants at Rutgers are assistants in the NFL now, and the player talent he has sent to the NFL isn’t just talent, its impressive talent generally speaking.

    I just hope to God that the Glazers are either able to financially support this guy to the fullest extent possible, NO MATTER THE CBA RULES, or sell the team to someone who will. I think the Bucs just scored a gem of a HC who can even outcoach some of Dominik’s mistakes.

  33. Big Marlon B Says:


    even tho they are completely irrelevant and nonsensical, keep the Sopranos references comin bro lol….def gettin a kick out of them

  34. BigMacAttack Says:

    The Bucs have some very athletic players that had major consistency problems, but even our worst players had good days. Its like Jim Harbaugh getting Alex Smith, a guy who defined the word “Bust” in so many ways. We have a number of Alex Smith’s on this team and maybe the right coach can make them all better and more consistent players. Harbaugh didn’t just get Alex Smith up to snuff but many players that were underachieving. We could have a very similar situation in Tampa that may need some minor tweaking with better coaching instead of a major overhaul. Just a thought, but if we have a good draft and I hope to hell they put more emphasis on strength, diet and conditioning, this could happen sooner rather than later. But, I’ve said that before and been wrong before. I have a good feeling about Schiano.

    Go Bucs!!!

  35. Pete Dutcher Says:

    Did anyone watch the Insider video posted on the website after the presser videos?

    Greg Schiano said something that really sounded like Marty was a possible contender for OC. He said that it would have to be someone that is a proven teacher and so on…I swear he was describing Marty without saying his name.

    One a side note…made my wife sit down and watch the presser…she said, “Give him bigger ears, darker skin and have him lose a little weight, and he’s Tony Dungy!”

    I got a laugh out of that one.

    He reminds me of a combination of Tony/Bill (NE)…soft spoken like Tony, and commanding like Bill. This bodes well for Tampa.

    My FAVORITE answer in the presser was when Rock asked about the failure rate of college coaches, and how every year in the NFL, there are more firings of “experienced” coaches than college coaches. That was the best answer he gave in the whole presser, lol.

  36. Pete Dutcher Says:

    Another thing…I bet he helps Blount become a great back.

  37. Pete Dutcher Says:

    Trust – Belief – Accountability – Youth

    Tampa BAy

    Gotta love it.

    Greg “The Duke” Schiano

  38. Thomas 2.2 Says:


    Wasn’t Dom’s resigning of Clayton for a 25 million deal a resigning of a premium pick? Thought so, wrong again.
    I also define 2nd and 3rd rounders as premium picks. How about Quincy Black? Wasnt Trueblood a second rounder just also resigned? Ruud was tagged for a year after his original deal.
    Yes, Caddy got hurt,Gaines got traded, 2 other first rounders were traded for Gruden and DJ got resigned and Talib is still under contract.

    Bellichick misses on premium picks often, Chad Jackson as an example – but Bob Kraft spends money for Wes Welker when Chad Jackson fails. The Glazers, well they just let us suck.

    They have been cheap, there is no denying it.

    60 mill payroll with a 120 mill cap. Sick.

  39. Thomas 2.2 Says:


    I wasn’t looking for a Hawaiian drink, I was looking for a girlie one – it fit better! Lmao

  40. gotbbucs Says:

    @ Bulldog

    If you actually have a name in mind or something halfway smart to say then go for it, otherwise get back under your rock. At least when Thomas wants to insult someone or something he comes with some substance behind it. You’re a classic fantasy football fool that refuses to research guys who’s name’s you haven’t heard on ESPN before. If I’m wrong, then prove it.

  41. Garv Says:

    I wonder how many fans out there think Shaun King and Ian Beckles should pick the assistants and coordinators to work under Coach Schiano? After all, they’ll tell you how qualified they are, certainly smarter than any GM’s out there.

    And when you look at their stellar playing careers here, how can you not respect their dedication to the Buccaneers?

    Speed dial man, speed dial…..

  42. Bulldog Says:

    Listen boy, you’re assumption I need to answer to you is amusing at best.

  43. ian_620wdae Says:

    While I agree that Shaun King was over the top in his Dominick witch hunt, Ian Beckles was just being a realist by looking at the Glazers recent history and simply stating that no one will suceed as a coach if the Glazers dont spend $$$ in free agency.

    We have so many holes on the back 7 of the defense the only way to repair it is via free agents, its up to the Glazers to greenlight Dominick to spend some $$$

  44. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Totally irrelevant but pretty cool, I’m working a Pro Bowl party tonight, and I have to pick up Roddy White and take him to the party. Any ideas on where I should take him? Just kidding, kind of!!!

  45. McBuc Says:

    Pete…You keep wanting Marty as OC, but he has always been a D guy…What gives man?

  46. sandbagrudy Says:

    @bigmarlon b even tho they are completely irrelevant and nonsensical, keep the Sopranos references comin bro lol….def gettin a kick out of them Greg the sandwich and James (Tony Soprano) Gandolfini are friends I’ve seen him on the sideline at a few Rutgers games.

  47. sandbagrudy Says:

    when the sandwich breaks out his clipboard people come up missing I wonder if Haynesworth will be taking a ride on the Stugats for his last fishing trip

  48. SensibleBuc Says:

    LOL @ Stugats

    Google is a wonderful thing

  49. sandbagrudy Says:

    I know the sopranos inside and out no need for Google

  50. Ash Says:

    If they gotta get to that number by 2013 you wish they would have started last year when the biggest free agency pool in history was available. They better spend a chunk of that change this year if not your going to be forced to give out Clayton and Black deals all over the place just to meet the floor.

  51. JBreazy Says:

    The Steelers showed OC Bruce Arians the door after this season and Hamburger is not happy about it. Could he be someone the bucs could target for their new OC?

  52. Macabee Says:

    I doubt the Bucs will ever hire another guy named Bruce!

  53. Thomas 2.2 Says:


    You should have had EJ Biggers pock him up, bc whenever Biggers is responsible for White – White gets to his destination unimpeded every time.

  54. astrobucs Says:

    stop listening to shawn king!!! let new coach do it his way if that is with help finding coaches all the better. shawn king hates the bucs. he wants us to be bad so more poeple hear his hate

  55. Lucas Jackson Says:

    Thomas we drafted Clayton instead of s Jackson who signed a 50 million extension. Anyway do this one time. Start with the 1997 draft of R Anthony and W Dunn (Dunn was not resigned due to cap issues) and work forward in time to the present day (Joseph) and count how many 1st thru 3rd round picks were resigned. Then look at the actual drafts and you will see how horrific our drafting has been No franchise qb and only resigning Booger (then trading him) and Clayton (them cutting him -seriously how dumb are you to use Clayton as an example when the discussion is about payroll and he was cut. You realize that his impact on payroll iz zero right?) leads to no payroll.

    As for you Belicheck example, all teams miss on prius picks occassionally but occassional misses are my the point. The point is the Bucs CONSISTENTLY missed for basically a decade

  56. Pete Dutcher Says:

    “McBuc Says:
    January 28th, 2012 at 12:20 am

    Pete…You keep wanting Marty as OC, but he has always been a D guy…What gives man?”

    Ignorance? 😉

  57. McBuc Says:

    Pete, I thought maybe there was another Marty out there…No worries mate, I cannot wait to see this all unfold…

    Thomas, that Biggers joke was pretty funny. I think he is a little better than you give him credit, but that made me laugh…

  58. Mr Lucky Says:

    Just remember you can pick you staff

    and you can pick your nose

    just don’t pick your staff’s nose!

  59. Bulldog Says:

    Arians will not be available.