"I will hire great coaches."
I distinctly heard him say that Friday during what may have been his umpteenth interview of the day; he told it to the 620 WDAE afternoon audience.
It's important that you all heard and know that right now.
Bucs' general manager Mark Dominik drove that point home to the afternoon host, Steve Duemig. "It's on the record. Greg Schiano will hire his own staff," Duemig reiterated.
You have to like that "great" part of Schiano's statement.
Listen to Schiano and you can tell this guy is a great salesman, and it will take one to get this underachieving Buccaneer squad to buy into what he hopes to accomplish.
That was what it took back in the day when Tony Dungy took over.
It was tough going for Dungy at first, but if you think back to what Derrick Brooks often said, the team had to buy into what Dungy was selling.
Schiano's new calling card is TBA.
"And that's not 'To Be Announced,'" Schiano said. "Trust, Belief, Accountability."
The team has to trust one another to play the scheme, believe in what they will be doing and be accountable to the coaches and to each other.
Now that you've heard from him, do you believe Schiano is the best man for the Bucs?
There was none of that here last year.
Schiano spoke at his introductory press conference for 27 minutes. The guy can sell. Now we'll find out if he can coach.
Just remember, he promised "great coaches."
I can think of a couple names right away with ties to Schiano—Butch Davis and Dave Wannstedt.
That's just for starters. There are already rumors that Davis could be the defensive coordinator if he's willing. But that's the question: would he be?
All Dominik will do is negotiate the contracts for those coaches and help with names if Schiano asks for some.
You have to like that.
You'll read a lot about Schiano. There will be optimists and pessimists. But right now, you have to be happy with what you've heard.
After all, Schiano is undefeated as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.