Will Frank Cignetti Coach Josh Freeman?

February 1st, 2012

As expected, it seems Bucs new head man Greg Schiano is tapping his former Rutgers staff to fill the Bucs’ coaching vacancies.

Former Saints quarterbacks coach (2000 & 2001) and 49ers QB coach Frank Cignetti, Rutgers’ offensive coordinator is “a name to watch,” so reports Stephen Holder of the Tampa Bay Times today. And Holder says Rutgers defensive coordinator Bob Fraser is interiewing in Tampa today and could become the next Bucs linebackers coach. Fraser has no NFL experience.

Cignetti intrigues Joe. Those were solid Saints teams he helped coach. And he got Aaron Brooks’ career off the ground working under offensive coordinator Mike McCarthy for a defensive head coach in Jim Haslett.

Yeah, Joe realizes no fans are about to get excited about these guys, but that doesn’t mean they can’t coach.

44 Responses to “Will Frank Cignetti Coach Josh Freeman?”

  1. Patrick Says:

    Cignetti is a crappy candidate……sorry. Doesn’t excite me at all.

    We are we not talking to Todd Haley?!

  2. jdog Says:

    Todd Haley is a arrogant a-hole. Just a rumor I heard.

  3. gotbbucs Says:

    Patrick doesn’t care for a name he doesn’t know, why am I not suprised?

  4. raphael Says:

    wow ! looks like Cards are sticking to there guns on Mcnulty…I am cool with Cignetti. we need to get Butch Davis tho!

  5. gotbbucs Says:

    “We are we not talking to Todd Haley?!”


    At some point you need to figure out how to connect some dots.

  6. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    I don’t think he’s being considered for OC. Pretty sure it would be QB coach. At least I hope so.

  7. jvato24 Says:

    I think Butch Davis fired Cignetti at UNC from what I heard. Not sure though.

  8. flmike Says:

    I don’t care as long as the position coaches are teachers that are used to dealing with very young men, so college guys are okay with me, the coordinators I would hope have some either college or NFL coordinator or HC experience.

  9. Bobby Says:

    Well, Schiano said it would be like a flow chart….”If we get this guy then this guy will work” etc. I’m guessing that when names are named it will be more than just one.

  10. jvato24 Says:

    Yep. Davis fired Cignetti when arriving at UNC.


  11. kh Says:

    Whats next, Billy Bats as O-Line coach and Tommy Two-Times as OC? Cignetti’s a fugazi.

  12. jLM Says:

    Why not interview Hue Jackson for oc??? Maybe this Frank guy could just be a qb coach.

  13. stevek Says:

    Why not pay Peyton $28 million to be QB Coach?

  14. Patrick Says:

    @gotbbucs……don’t care about his name……I just don’t see what’s impressive about him. Another college coach with little NFL experience. So were going to surround Schiano with more College coaches?

    Yeah I get it…… The coach gas to be from Rutgers.

    Haley has proven himself as a good offensive coach and has plenty of NFL experience

  15. flmike Says:

    There was a reason Jackson was fire from Oakland besides Mckenzie wanting his own guy, Marc Davis and Amy Trask both wanted him gone, the power had gone to his head, 2 firsts for Carson Palmer, really. He’s also a job hopper, no thanks.

  16. thibs5599 Says:

    WHOEVER IT IS, we have to give them a chance. Everybody wants their chance in this world, now is the time for these coaching prospects. I could care less who it is because I have no input on who gets hired, as long as they produce I could care less.

  17. aldo Says:

    its true that Cignetti doesnt makes me feel great, but i preffer him over haley or hue jackson, Haley is an asshole who brings bagagge to this team, Hue Jackson will always take a look to take a better job, we can ruin number five with a guy who will not be here for at least 4 years.

  18. Garv Says:

    I’m all in with Coach Schiano right now.
    That means I’d rather have a coaching staff that Schiano wants then one a message board poster wants.

    That really SHOULD make perfect sense but I’m quite sure that reasoning will have it’s detractors………….from the pool of message board posters previously mentioned.

    Again, posted for the tenth time at least this month, Tony Dungy’s staff did not excite ANYONE when they were hired. Few even heard of the names hired. Kindly go back and look how that turned out before you pretend to know what’s best for Greg Schiano and the Buccaneers.

  19. Garv Says:

    Looking forward to the first threat to not renew for season tickets if the wrong strength coach is hired. LOL

  20. stimpy Says:

    Freeman has been thru 3 OC’s already? Bring in a OC thats going to stay for Freman. Also, he should be a good OC.

  21. bucfanjeff Says:

    I completely disagree with filling the staff with college coaches. You MUST have NFL experpience to help you out.
    This isn’t Rutgers. If this happens, FAIL.

  22. ClayBURN94 Says:

    @bucfanjeff because you definitley know what coaches the bucs need…

  23. Patrick Says:

    I thought we learned after the Raheem disaster that we should hire a guy with a “resume”. A guy that’s not a question mark and a guy that has NFL experience!

    And just cause he knows the guy doesn’t mean it’s a good hire.

    And guys…..Rutgers still is not a very good football team…..they’re just great compared to where they were 5 years ago. 3 and 4 loss seasons are nothing impressive.

    Schiano……decent hire, but face the facts…….he’s making a BIG jump from Rutgers to an NFL team. Very little NFL experience. He needs good, experienced pro coaches around him, not a complete college staff.

    Butch Davis…….yes. Cignetti…….no.

  24. eric Says:

    What makes me a little nervous is the ones reported all seem to have a Dave Wannstedt connection.

    IMO one of the most unimaginative coaches in recent history. Epic failure in Chicago and Miami. The poor Bills are stuck with the man now.

    Please do not play Wannstetdt ball. It makes Woody Haye’s playbook look innovative. I feel sure he had his personality surgically removed.

    Not panicked, just nervous. Be nice to take look at somebody who has put together a dynamic NFL offense before.

  25. Bobby Says:

    @Patrick….it would be nice if you read the entire article. He HAS NFL experience.

  26. Meh Says:

    I agree with Garv. He needs to be choosing his own coaching staff. I was not in favor of this HC hire, but he’s here. He needs to be able to do it his way.

  27. eric Says:

    There are hundreds of guys who have a morsal of NFL experience.

    So did Raheem Morris! So did Olson!

    The task is to find the most qualified folks to coach, in todays NFL, not the Big East.

  28. stanglassman Says:

    Look at the bright side if Aaron Brooks didn’t throw Ronde Barber the ball 2-3 times a game he wouldn’t be up for the Hall of Fame when he retires. That Aaron Brooks, right?

  29. stevek Says:

    This is why waiting for coaches SUCKS!

  30. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    I am so grateful that teams don’t listen to fans when making their hires. What a bunch of mostly worthless opinions.

  31. stevek Says:


    You are right about that, but you got to admit the wait is brutal.

    C’mon Glazers, SH!T or get off the pot!

  32. jdog Says:

    A bunch of crybabies on these boards! Let the man hire who he wants. Do you girls not haveanything better to do than bitch about the bucs. Geez!!!

  33. Raphael Says:

    @ jdog yeah let’s bitch about the fans bitching about the Bucs… That’s so much better…lol

  34. jdog Says:

    Yes Raphael it actually is better. It’s called support. Lol

  35. BucsfaninMi Says:

    Whatever they end up doing, they better do it quick. So far we have one coach, I feel like now we have to”settle” for what’s left.

  36. bucfanjeff Says:

    @clayburn, for comparison, how did it work out when we stripped the team of all veterans in our youth movement? It would have paid huge dividends for the players to lean on vets guidance, leadership and experience. The same holds true for coaches. I dont know what coaches we need but i know we need people with NFL experience to help guide us. Dont be so naive.

  37. BucsfaninMi Says:

    I doubt anyone one will get this to Dom, he won’t listen to me. They should try to get Pat Narduzzi for DC, he is MSU’s DC, definitely qualified. And no I’m absolutely NOT an MSU fan.(would like to see him gone!)

  38. BucsfaninMi Says:

    Maybe Marty as DC or a FO job? Possibly a consultant? Some experience to lean on.

  39. Patrick Says:

    I’m aware of that. But barely!

    1999: KC Chiefs (Quality control coach)

    2000-2001: Saints (QB coach)

    2007: 49ers (QB coach)

    Doesn’t seem like an NFL team ever hired him as an OC. He did ok in NO, but Aaron Brooks was still pretty mediocre. He stunk in San Fran.

    Maybe he’s ok as a college coach. But again……..another college coach. Never has done anything great at the NFL level or been above a QB coach.

  40. Brad Says:

    @patrick.. Rod Marenelli, Lovey Smith came out of college for Tony Dungy.

  41. BigMacAttack Says:

    I just want to win. This guy, that guy, I really don’t care. Just Win baby Win!

  42. k1ngAdroc Says:

    I would like to see someone actually get hired… especially for the O side. Really starting to be concerned. sad face

  43. RustyRhino Says:

    What Great Vocal Vet Leader did we cut? Before you say Derrick Brooks, please remember he is another non vocal leadership player just like Ronde Barber. Who by both their own words said that, I am not a vocal leader, I lead with my actions on and off the field. Now don’t get me wrong We could have used a leader on the field, but the last few games I seen played by HOF LB Derrick Brooks he was a slow hobbling shell of his past self. And is that what we needed a silent limping vet leader who never thought he needed to come off the field even when hurt. Thats crazy…..

  44. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    Best post of all. I could really give a sh!t less who we hire, as long as I don’t have to endure anymore 4 win seasons! I’m not going to pretend as if I know who are the best men for the job, because I really don’t like BS-ing people. As hopeless as many of you think Mark Dominik is, he is still a million times better at his job than any of us on this board. Let them do their job and save your b!tching for when we go on a 2 game losing streak.