Greg Schiano’s Staff Not That Unusual

February 23rd, 2012

When the Bucs hired Rutgers coach Greg Schiano to replace jettisoned coach Raheem Morris, it was rumored that Schiano was going to bring in a lot of college coaches to round out his staff.

And while some like Tim Ryan invoked the name of Bobby Petrino at this news, ESPN’s Pat Yasinskas is of the mind this tactic may not be a bad move by Schiano.

The Bucs haven’t officially announced their full staff of assistants yet, but it has been widely reported that Schiano has hired at least six coaches that were on Rutgers’ staff with him last year. It also was reported that he has hired P.J. Fleck, who had just left Rutgers to become offensive coordinator at Northern Illinois. So we’ll say Schiano is bringing seven assistants that were with him at Rutgers last season. Schiano also has officially hired defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan, who recently had been hired for the same job at Ohio State.

That’s really not all that unusual. I just took a look back to 2010 when Pete Carroll left Southern California to take over the Seattle Seahawks. He brought eight members of his Southern California staff and hired wide receivers coach Kippy Brown away from Tennessee. So roughly half of Carroll’s first staff, and we’re including strength and conditioning coaches, came from the college ranks.

That’s an interesting take. First off, if Bill Belicheat’s premise about Schiano is accurate, that Schiano will make a good NFL coach because he always produced talent that was prepared to play in the NFL, the same also could be said for some of Schiano’s assistants, no?

Offensive line coach Bob Bostad has produced solid NFL offensive linemen at Wisconsin; Ron Cooper has produced solid NFL defensive backs at LSU.

So if the trait for Schiano of being able to develop NFL talent leads him to be a good NFL coaching candidate, then so should the staff he has handpicked.

22 Responses to “Greg Schiano’s Staff Not That Unusual”

  1. eric Says:

    Intriguing situation.

    We have a HC from rutgers that has limited NFL experience and none as a HC.

    Our OC has never called plays in an NFL game.

    Our DC had a disastrous outcome last he held that position.

    Our second in command can’t coach.

    Our GM is coming off assembling a ten loss in a row team.

    Yet, somehow I am of the belief this is all gonna work out!

    But I hope I, and others, arent suffering from “its gotta be better than Raheem” syndrome.

  2. Big Picture Guy Says:

    I find yaskankas’ take to not be a take at all, like most of his “pieces.” Can anyone name a coach who didnt bring in “his” guys, be they former nfl or college coaches?

  3. Theodore Says:

    Um… Rutgers ain’t USC.

  4. Macabee Says:

    Can someone explain the Jeff Hafley/Ron Cooper positions? Confict or should we not take any press release as final until official Buc announcement?

  5. SensibleBuc Says:

    Coop = DBs coach
    Hafley = Asst. DBs coach

  6. jLM Says:

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers today announced that they have hired Ron Cooper as Defensive Backs Coach, Bryan Cox as Front Seven Coach, Bob Fraser as Linebackers Coach, Jeff Hafley as Assistant Defensive Backs Coach, Tem Lukabu as Defensive Quality Control Coach and Randy Melvin as Defensive Line Coach to the 2012 defensive coaching staff.

  7. Bobby Says:

    Your right, Rutgers ain’t USC… which makes what Schiano did there all the more amazing. If Rutgers had the recruiting power of USC then Schiano’s record would be unimpressive but what he did at Rutgers with their program is pretty darn amazing. If there’s a college coach who can make it in the NFL I would have to say this guy has all the right ingredients. Now we just have to wait and see how he pans out.

  8. jLM Says:

    Bob Ligashesk is Special teams coach.

  9. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Never heard of a “Front 7” coach versus defensive line coach versus linebackers coach.

  10. SensibleBuc Says:

    @ Scotty

    I’ve read that Schiano has some 3-4 hybrid principles. Perhaps Coxie was brought in to coach rush LBs?


  11. FloridaGirl Says:


    Bill Sheridan Defensive Coordinator
    Ron Cooper Defensive Backs Coach
    Bryan Cox Front Seven Coach
    Bob Fraser Linebackers Coach
    Jeff Hafley Assistant Defensive Backs Coach
    Tem Lukabu Defensive Quality Control Coach
    Randy Melvin Defensive Line Coach

  12. ClayBURN94 Says:

    Wow just heard Talib aka Snoop Dog will stay with the bucs. SMH

  13. Bobby Says:

    Bob Ligashesky???? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He was absolutely terrible at Pittsburgh. How did he do for the Raiders last year??

  14. SensibleBuc Says:

    @ ClayBURN94

    T-Rich? 🙂

  15. ClayBURN94 Says:

    @SensibleBuc Just because Talib is coming back dosent mean we dont need a corner still. In this league you have to have 4 good cornerbacks to match up with the best offenses. I think getting a corner in FA and drafting Claiborne will give us 4 quality corners assuming barber returns another year. That will push E.J “toast” Biggers to #5 on the depth chart!

  16. SensibleBuc Says:

    @ Clayburn94

    I’m just giving you a hard time man.

    We’ll get our two corners one way or another. If I had to put a probability on us going Claiborne over T-Rich I’d put it 60%-40% simply because I don’t think we’re going to go after any of the big name corners and we will need another good corner (outside of Talib) at some point to improve the D.

  17. Dave Says:


    Probably, him and Sheridan have said they expect to blitz more than what the Bucs have in the past. Of course, If McCoy, Price, Clayborne, and Bowers end up being what we think they can be, there may not be a need to blitz much.

    I also think Cox is here because he is an in your face, take no BS, demand 100% kind of guy and he will call you out and get in your face in a heartbeat if he doesn’t think you are giving it everything, in a game or a practice.

    🙂 brings a smile to my face as some of these young Bucs are going to wake up and smell the sweat

  18. eric Says:

    Talib has had 17 INT’s in his tenure here…………

  19. eric Says:

    Talib has had 17 INT’s in his tenure here…………

  20. jvato24 Says:

    I watched the first Bucs – Falcons game last night … EJ Biggers made plays single handedly that if he did not make them we probably lose.

    Not sure what you guys expect from a 7th round pick in basically his 2nd year.

    I saw Patrick peterson get burnt last year … So I guess he is a bust too.

    If you are find a Buc to ride why dont you bring up Myron Lewis.

  21. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    Talib has probably had 18 arrests, suspensions and serious personal fouls since he has been here.

    Talib is an idiot, flat out. I would never have a punk like him on my 53, he is unreliable, makes idiotic plays and is not physical.

    Get this fool out of here.

  22. DAVE Says:

    I guess we have the scarlett knighted Bucaneers.