Greg Schiano Kicked off Revis Island

There was immediate controversy following the hire of former Rutgers University football coach Greg Schiano when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hired him back in January of 2012.  Two years later he was fired from the Bucs for a variety of reasons longer than a grocery list before an apocalypse.

It's very difficult for a lifetime college coach to come in the pro ranks and have success.  There are more failures in that category than success stories and there are many reasons for that.  A big one and probably the most valid point is that these head coaches aren't dealing with kids anymore.  Not only that but the kids playing football aren't being paid to play football.  They're either playing for the love of the game or a possibility of making the NFL someday.

The bottom line is that you can't treat college kids that are 19 years old the same way you would a 29 year old who is being paid at the business level.  When Schiano joined the Buccaneers there were players on that team with more NFL experience than he had.  Prior to Schiano being hired in 2012, he wasn't ever an NFL head coach before at any level in the pros.  He was the Chicago Bears assistant coach for 3 years from 1996 - 1998 but that's it at the NFL level..  So it's fair to say he has little NFL experience.

The coach stormed through the Bucs locker room on day one and changed the culture of the team.  Usually that's a good thing for a team that's been so bad.  They went from being coached on a professional, business type level by guys like Raheem Morris and those who proceeded him to Schiano's rugged Rutgers style to the team.  Darrelle Revis was quoted recently saying "The atmosphere I felt was real tense" and went on to say "guys didn't like coming to work" which is a common theme with most jobs but football is different.

Although, there are unwritten laws in this league like when a team is in victory formation, kneeling on the ball to run out the clock, that the defense isn't supposed to attack as if it were a regular normal play.  Some fans were in favor of this move because the motto of the NFL is to fight to the last second.  Fair enough.  But worse than doing it was the manner in which he did when his team is down and out of the game, yet he still releases the dogs.  Coach say, player do.  Well, maybe not so much in the NFL where adults who have tons of pro football experience, will voice their opinion and coaches will listen if it is for the betterment of the team.

Revis also stated that coach Schiano wouldn't listen to what players had to say regarding football and game planning material.  Here's what Revis had to say about that "I wish he would have listened to the players a little bit more, especially the veterans.  We can go down the line like Dashon Goldson, Davin Joseph, Carl Nicks, Vincent Jackson and those type of guys and listen to them.  But he's the boss and you've got to fall in line."  I mean do those quotes say it all or what!  The players didn't like him because he showed them no respect and created an uncomfortable workplace environment.  After all, that's what professional football is.  It's a game but the employees (players) get paid for it.

Revis may have booted Schiano off his island forever but did offer some encouraging words during the interview. Revis added "It was a learning experience for him as well and hopefully, if he ever gets another stab at it, he'll do things differently."  Okay, maybe Revis stabbed him there.  Depends how you interpret that statement.  I don't know if Greg Schiano is built for the pro leagues.  His attitude and approach to coaching have been molded by the 15+ years he's spent coaching teenagers on the college level.  It's a whole new ball game in the big league's.

I doubt that Schiano will ever be offered a head coaching position in the NFL again.  A coordinator, possibly.  That would give him a chance to prove himself again and shape shift into an NFL man instead of an NCAA man.  That is if he truly wants that.  There are plenty of opening in NCAA football and there always will be.  Looking back at what he did at Rutgers, which is a school by the way, in the northeastern United States where a guy named Ray Rice thrived as a collegiate, I would bet that good old Greg will land another gig somewhere.  Perhaps at a school people living out of the wintry northeast would recognize.  Right now, the Bucs are in good hands with Lovie Smith who has a load of NFL head coaching experience as recently as 2012 with, ironically the Chicago Bears where Schiano's NFL coaching career began.  My football circle of life!


  1. Good article. He was not able to have command or support of or from the team, and that's why they had such a terrible start to the year.