Greg Schiano Fired By Tampa Bay

Published: Dec 30, 2013 14:12pm EST
By JLangley4, Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Dec 30, 2013 @ 02:12pm EST


Greg Schiano is known for his days at Rutgers, where he was able to turn a program around that was in the basement for so long.

His tenure didn't start off well, as he would have losing records his first four seasons as head coach of the Scarlet Knights. He would turn it around in 2005, finishing the season 7-4 and produced a huge win over the Pittsburgh Panthers in a nationally televised game.

Schiano would lead the Knights to national rankings, even getting as far as number six in the nation, and that is where his name began to grow some fame. He was considered for head coaching positions all over the country, as well as the NFL, but in 2012, he finally made the jump to the NFL, accepting the head coaching position for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

With talent on roster with the likes of Vincent Jackson, Mike Williams, promising quarterback Josh Freeman and the emergence of runningback Doug Martin, Schiano seemed to have the talent in place to turn the Bucs into a contender in the NFC South.

The first year would go decently for Schiano, as his team would finish 7-9. The final record can be misleading, though. The Bucs started off the season 6-4, with much promise, but would falter to a 1-5 finish, dampening the mood on what could have been a promising season.

The losing trend would continue for the Bucs, as they would open the 2013 season on an eight game losing streak. To add insult to injury, the situation surrounding then starting quarterback Josh Freeman and the handling of it made things worse.

It was no secret that Schiano did not want Freeman as his starting quarterback, and it seemed as though he would do anything to make sure that didn't happen. Freeman came out and said that Schiano or someone within the organization leaked his ADHD problems and the medication he takes for it, something that would violate HIPPA laws. There were also reports that Schiano asked Freeman to watch the games from the press box, rather than the sideline.

After spending all the money the Bucs did on players like Vincent Jackson, Carl Nicks, Dashon Goldson, and exhausting draft picks to acquire Darell Revis, better results were expected, and Schiano simply didn't deliver.

With the under whelming record and turmoil that swirled around to begin the 2013 season, the Bucs did what they had to do in relieving Schiano of his duties as coach. Schiano is looking into the Penn St job if indeed Bill O'Brien leaves for the Houston Texans job, or any other NFL job for that matter, so that is something to keep an eye on.

Schiano did very little to assure fans that his style was going to work in the NFL. While it wouldn't be fair to say that he should never be granted an opportunity like this again, it is fair to say he simply doesn't seem cut out for the NFL level. Schiano was a solid college coach that helped turn a Rutgers program around, but his pedigree was not quite the same as others. Rutgers was never a powerhouse program nationally, like Pete Carroll's or Chip Kelly's was. The hire was questionable from the beginning, but after failing to land Chip Kelly from the Oregon Ducks, the Bucs felt they had no choice but to act on it.

Schiano may get another crack at the NFL down the line. Who knows? With all of that being said, it was obvious that a move needed to be made. Tampa Bay did the right thing for their organization. There is simply too much talent on roster to sit around and toil in mediocrity.


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