Good Teacher-To-Student Ratio

March 3rd, 2013

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Many suits and eggheads in the American education system believe the higher the teacher-to-student radio is, or in other words, the lower the class size, the better it is for the student.

If that is the case, then the Bucs have the best education system in the NFL.

As documented recently by Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times (damn, Joe is still typing “St. Petersburg Times” by mistake), probably no team in NFL history has had a bigger coaching staff.

Including Schiano, the Bucs have 24 members on their staff for 2013, or nearly one for every two players on the 53-man roster. Roughly half of those assistants have worked for or with Schiano, many at Rutgers. Still others have crossed paths with him during his career.

What Stroud later pointed out jumped off the computer screen for Joe. If offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan gets a head coaching gig (he was in the running with the recently-filled Bears gig) or if the defensive backfield woes continue under Bill Sheridan, Schiano likely has their successors already on staff in John McNulty and Dave Wannstedt.

At the NFL Combine, when Joe asked Schiano whether Wannstedt’s significant experience on the defensive side of the ball were being wasted as just a special teams coordinator, Schiano was emphatic that Wannstedt would have his hands full in his current title.

Perhaps that could change down the road?

16 Responses to “Good Teacher-To-Student Ratio”

  1. mark2001 Says:

    We often think of these guys being drafted as well developed football players. And some are. But many of them are successful for a number of reasons, so just because they are physically superior to their college opponents. Many of them have a great deal to learn to be close to their potential in the NFL. And therefore, I think it is very difficult to have too many good coaches….as long as they all have their individual responsibility and authority, and are not working at cross purposes. I think it would be great to have Shiano have a couple years with his “hand picked guys” to really mold this team in line with his vision. But if not, it appears he has a contingency plan in place. Man, if we can just get this DB situation squared away, Josh can step up and play with skill and confidence, and we can stay healthy…the future will look so good we will need sun glasses.

  2. lightningbuc Says:

    “Ratio”, Joe.

  3. Andrew 1 Says:

    ^^^^^^^^ yeah that was really throwing me off. I thought he meant “Ratio” too.

  4. 4everBucsFan Says:

    As long as Schiano can keep them all on the same page, I’m all for it. You can’t say it won’t be one of the best coached teams in the league, just hopefully they’re all good teachers, mentors and motivators without being over-bearing.

  5. Charlie V Says:

    Sounds like some competition/motivation at every position extends to the coaching staff as well. it’s an impressive system when both “management and labor” are held to the same standards. I’m sure its a message that’s not lost at One Buc Place.

  6. bucfanjeff Says:

    He’s providing depth on the coaching roster, just like the player roster. It makes perfect sense, because you never know what will happen.

  7. flmike Says:

    Was talking to one of our NFL writers last week and he was vey positive about the direction the Bucs are going, he is of the opinion that they are on the move as one of the teams to watch, he’s not sure what’s going to happen with Josh, but this season will answer that question, much like what happened in Baltimore with Flacco. I asked specificlly about the draft, and more specificlly about taking Ansah over Vacarro or Rhodes if all were there at 13. His opinion was they take Ansah, there is value and depth for both Safety and CB in rounds 2-4.

  8. Curmudgeon Says:

    Seems everyone wants to write Sheridan off. We did have the best run defense in the league. As for the pass defense, word has leaked of Cooper’s inadequacy as a DB coach and they did have some personnel obvious issues there as well. As for the pass rush, Bowers was out a good chunk of the season and we lost Clayborn early. Plus Sheridan was working with a defensive system in which he had not worked before… Thinking all those situations should be improved this year, especially with a DB talent infusion and perhaps another pass-rusher (???)… Sheridan might turn out to be a good D-coordinator.

  9. the_buc_realist Says:

    when are we getting a backup GM then?

  10. Macabee Says:

    I could have lots of questions, but I’m going to take the pragmatist point of view and say if it works, I’m good with it.

    I’m not sure I ever understood the relationship between the D-line coach, the LB coach, and the Front-seven coach – whose methodology is in place and who has last word on training and technique? The Front-seven coach is now Pass Rush Specialist. Was that a demotion? Is it all being dictated by Schiano himself? Some have said after all, it is his defense they’re running!

    Too many things to say one way or another, so I’ll let the results speak for themselves!

  11. truth Says:

    All those coaches and Still the worst defense in the history of the N.F.L.

  12. SirustheVirus Says:

    Schiano is a smart man. He has surrounded hisself around people who no the game. There just seems to be a lot of guys who have won at a high level o. The staff. Sullivan, Sherridan, and Davis are all guys that have been on Super Bowl teams. Not saying they were the masterminds behind it, but the seen and experienced first hand winning at the highest level and knows what has to be done in order to win. Raheem had no Veteran coaches on the team. Everyone was inexperienced at the jobs. Schiano did good putting his staff together. Another good thing about Schiano is they guy doesn’t pu up with anything and will admit when he’s wrong. He’s a straight up kind of guy.

  13. Vic66 Says:

    Sounds like wise planning and management on Schiano’s part. I just want to see a mean, motivated and a monstrous defense. Let’s see some good old Ass Whipping put on our opponents this year. A great defense will go a long way to put us in the play-offs.

  14. Eric Says:

    No staff which has Wannstedt is employed for very long.

    Buffalo was latest victim. Couldn’t even make Mario Williams work.

    Schiano might as well start looking for his rebound college gig now before he get too tainted with the stench.

  15. RustyRhino Says:

    Way to keep up the positive attitude Eric…
    With having more coaches should be a great investment in the team philosophy.

  16. Vic66 Says:

    @Eric> No one can ever acuse you about being positive about the Bucs.