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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Make a Solid Hire in Greg Schiano If...

Greg Schiano will need a commitment from ownership.
Greg Schiano will need a commitment from ownership.Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images
Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IJanuary 26, 2012

Let's look at it this way—if Greg Schiano has Bill Belichick's seal of approval, well, that's good enough for starters.

Schiano met with his Rutgers players Thursday afternoon after he apparently agreed to a five-year deal with the Buccaneers that most likely will be in the neighborhood of $25 million.

Schiano is your new coach of the unruly, undisciplined, non-defensive, 4-12 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and he is a solid hire.

He's a solid hire, with one big "IF..."

Greg Schiano can only succeed if he has a commitment from Mark Dominik and the Glazers to bring in some desperately needed free-agent talent to plug the holes on a ship that is full of holes.

Former Buc Ian Beckles put it best on his Wednesday show, when he said:

"If everybody on our team is 25 percent betterwe're still not a .500 football team."

Amen.

I watched Schiano's Rutgers teams run rampant over USF. Schiano consistently out-coached former USF coach Jim Leavitt, who some nuts wanted to be the new Buccaneers coach. For the record, Leavitt was 1-4 against Schiano.

Also for the record, Schiano has produced some really nice NFL players. Ever heard of a guy named Ray Rice?

Belichick has three of Schiano's former players on his team who will play in the Super Bowl. He has Devin McCourty, his starting left corner. He has backup receiver Tiquan Underwood and he has Nate Jones, the backup at right corner.

What's interesting in this is that Schiano is the total opposite from Chip Kelly, the first choice of the Glazers. Kelly is an offensive guy, Schiano's thing is defense. Schiano was a standout linebacker at Bucknell, team captain, led his team in tackles.

To repair these Bucs, two things have to happen. First, the defense has to get fixed, big time. Second, Josh Freeman needs to be fixed.

Schiano was held in high esteem at Rutgers. The program was pure poop before he took over. He brought the Scarlet Knights national recognition and was a good evaluator of talent.

He's been an NFL assistant in Chicago, and he's spent a lot of time around Belichick.

The good thing about Schiano is that he is not Mike Sherman. Sherman's name was bouncing around Tampa Bay like a loose ball at a Buccaneers game.

This entire search came down to ABS—Anyone But Sherman.

It's time to listen to what Schiano has to say. See who he can assemble for his staff. That will be most important.

Schiano will be only as good as his staff.

And he will be only good if Dominik goes out and gets him some players.

But first, everyone needs to give him a chance.

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