Will Schiano Call His Own Defense?

January 2nd, 2013

Watching Greg Schiano go wild on the sidelines coaching up Anthony Gaitor and the secondary after Gaitor blew his assignment allowing the Falcons’ final touchdown Sunday, and knowing that Schiano was the defensive signalcaller/head coach at Rutgers for a chunk of his college tenure, Joe’s wondering whether Schiano’s postseason evaluation of all things Bucs will lead to him taking over the defense.

The Bucs defense was much improved in the final two games, and Schiano appeared much more hands-on. The chewing out of Gaitor sure looked like a head coach who was burned out on delegating.

Also, defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan made it very clear at his introductory news conference that he was running Greg Schiano’s defense, not Sheridan’s.

Joe’s merely speculating here, but after a year to establish a team culture and systems and everything involved with running the Bucs, Joe wouldn’t be surprised if control-loving Schiano sees it as a wise move for him to take over defensive playcalling.

That doesn’t necessarily mean firing Sheridan, just controlling gameday calls. Again, Schiano did it at Rutgers, and he told media earlier this season that he missed aspects of playcalling.

18 Responses to “Will Schiano Call His Own Defense?”

  1. tampabaybucfan Says:

    The last Buc Head Coach that called his own defense didn’t do so well. I agree that Schiano should be more hands on. We should spend our coach money to replace Sullivan if neccessary and improve special teams.
    I would, however like to see Lovie Smith run our defense.

  2. Eric Says:

    Or, hire Monte Kiffin and tell him “the defense is all yours sir”.

  3. Miguel El Magnifico Says:

    I see it happening here also, Schiano is a control freak. Keep in mind that Rutger’s did not have a good defense either. The Little General is a notorious slow learner, poor decision maker and does not comprehend clock management. If he takes over, we will see new records being set for defensive incompetence.

    If the Bucs are to succeed under Greg, they need to bring in smart coaches like Norv Turner and Lovie Smith. The only detriment to that is that players love and respect them, that will eventually cause turmoil.

  4. Give it to Blount Says:


  5. Nic Says:

    Last year, Schiano had to put together a patchwork coaching staff because of time and it all worked pretty well except for Sheridan and Cooper. Now that we have ample time to shop around for competent coordinators/position coaches, I will be shocked if Sheridan is still around next season. I’m already upset he hasn’t been fired by now…

  6. Pewter_Power Says:

    This could be a good thing. Play calling in the NFL is an art that a lot if people haven’t mastered. Sheridan might be a decent coach, just a bad play caller. If Schiano can use his blitzes more effectively, instead of blitzing every down like Sheridan, this should lead to improvement.

  7. Ramdog Says:

    Not sure the solution is simple. We need a real proven Defensive Coordinator. Lovie Smith is not going to be a defensive coordinator he was a good head coach and will be highly saught after as will Andy Reid. Just not too sure who would be a good defensive coordinator but there are loads of talented linebacker, defensive backs coaches who are aching to give Defensive Coordinator a shot.

    It also depends on who we bring in at corner in free agency or the draft. I like Schiano and agree we need to get better in several aspects both on defense and offense. I am excited about the future here too I think we are heading in the right direction.

    GO BUCS !!!

  8. Mr. Patrick Says:

    I thought the defense looked better against Atlanta. They ran fewer blitzes, fewer stunts and games, and played more zone coverage to protect the out-manned corners. Whoever was resposible for that I give credit to.

  9. buccin cane Says:

    Rod Marinelli Rod Marinelli Rod Marinelli with Lovie out in Chi town is there anyword of Marinelli being gone as well. Rod M has endorsements from Sapp Daddy and thats good enough for me, he is a damn good motivator and im pretty sure he was a one point a d line coach and we all agree that is an area we need improvement in. Improved d line play = automatic improved secondary play…..jus sayin!

  10. Eric Says:

    “did it at Rutgers”

    Whew, for a minute there I was worried.

  11. buckeyebob Says:

    he is still trying to figure out where to park his car. Way too much on a HC plate with only 1 yr in the league to game plan and call defense signals. He be better served letting someone more qualified plan and call the defense. Maybe he could drive the bus to the airport while he is at it.

  12. PRBucFan Says:

    I dont see how getting coordinators that will only last 1 season is going to help the stability of this team.

  13. Rrsrq Says:

    None of the old Tampa 2 coaches will return to Bucs, Schiano wants a pressure style defense, outside of the front four and Ronde, the old guard was not aggressive.

  14. SilenceTheCritics Says:

    I’m slightly disturbed they haven’t fired Sheridan yet.

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  16. dark_b00 Says:

    would love to see, lovie smith down in tampa. but he will be HC somewhere soon, im afraid Monte is too old..Mel Tucker, Jack Del Rio or Todd Bowles will fit our D#

  17. PRBucFan Says:

    Del Rio would be nice, where is he currently?

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