Maybe Greg Schiano had a good reason to bolt Rutgers for Tampa
At first glance, the decision made by current Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach Greg Schiano to leave the same post at the University of Rutgers the day before national signing day seemed scandalous, but upon further review it seems to be making more and more sense.
For a couple years now the Buccaneers have been in mediocre territory in the NFC South ranks after almost a decade of great “Tampa Two” defenses and big time personalities. This was uncharacteristic of a team that is owned and run by the Glazer family, who also own the world-famous soccer club Manchester United in England which has the second highest payroll in the world. However, even though old faces have left the team they still have had some very sound draft picks in the form of Gerald McCoy, Josh Freeman, and arguably Aquib Talib. All of these players have proven to be top-notch NFL talents and besides Talib none of them are ever heard of in the media in a negative light. The difficulty lies in their ability to surround these players with other playmakers and have a coaching staff that could properly handle all the personalities in the locker room.
The first order of business this off-season was to bring in a new head coach with a disciplined way of doing things and a few big name free agents to solidify the team. Insert Coach Schiano: a guy that was so highly thought of in the college ranks that some thought of him to be a perfect successor to late Coach Joe Paterno at Penn State prior to the Sandusky case. For Coach Schiano it looks like a no brainer because there are no big time openings at the college level, your arguable top choice in Penn State had been scandalized, the Big East is falling apart and Rutgers seems to be unable to escape the destruction, and this gives you a chance to prove your worth at the next level.
Looking back at his time in Jersey, there have been some characteristic features to his offenses that have recently been giving conference foes fits. He likes a drop back quarterback with a big arm and a big receiver threat to stretch the field to open up running lanes. Obviously now, is where you mention that he likes to have a dynamic running back to carry the load. In college he had quarterbacks like Mike Teel, receivers like Kenny Britt and Mohamed Sanu, and running backs like Ray Rice, now he has a quarterback in Josh Freeman, a newly acquired receiver threat in Vincent Jackson, but where is the running back? Sure, they have decent options with LeGarrett Blount and Earnest Graham, but Blount has had image problems in the past and Graham is becoming very injury prone. Solution: use your high draft choice to select Trent Richardson from the University of Alabama. He has breakaway speed, good hands, unbelievable strength, and workhorse mentality.
With the acquisitions of the aforementioned Jackson, veteran Defensive Back Eric Wright, Pro Bowl Guard Carl Nicks, and the speculative selection of Trent Richardson in next month’s draft seem like they would equal a winning formula. Thus, making the move from the cold winter in Jersey to the warm beaches of the Gulf a smart move for Coach Schaino… upon further review.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: New staff or family reunion? (thepenaltyflagblog.com)
- Rutgers Starting to Feel at Home in Yankee Stadium (college-sports-university.com)
- Florida Trifecta: All Three Florida Teams Will Have New Coaches in 2012 (thepenaltyflagblog.com)