It was suggested last week that Greg Schiano might go after a crackerjack hire in former Miami, North Carolina and Cleveland Browns head coach Butch Davis.
The story is growing some national roots as Peter King of Sports Illustrated suggests exactly that, that the first addition to Schiano's new staff may indeed be Davis.
Davis would most likely have the role of assistant head coach with the subplot of defensive coordinator. Or, perhaps, Davis goes and helps bring in someone like Dave Wanstedt as well.
If Schiano can land Davis, then the building of the 2012 Buccaneer staff would have an impressive cornerstone. Davis would be a great help in designing the new staff.
The timelines are going to get busy in a hurry for these Buccaneers.
Free agency begins in March and there are indications that the massive holes on this team could be filled in free agency. Make no mistake about it—that's a must. Even Mark Dominik has to realize the absolute failure of the idea to build solely through the draft. You get what you got last year, a bunch of young guys who don't know what they're doing.
If the Bucs do indeed dip into the free agency appetizers, then that will give us an indication of what might happen in the April draft. You're already hearing stuff like guys from Tribune beat writer Roy Cummings that the Bucs will draft Alabama running back Trent Richardson. But before we start haggling over who is going to get drafted by this football team, we need to see who is added in free agency.
Would Butch Davis be a GREAT hire?
Should the Bucs add a corner and a safety in free agency and Ronde Barber returns, then perhaps Richardson is in play, although we side with the Gospel According to Bill Parcells that you should never draft a running back in the first three rounds.
After the April draft comes rookie camps, OTAs, minicamps, the works.
Don't be surprised if the team takes its time building the staff. Monte Kiffin took his time and slowly built a staff that included men like Lovie Smith, Mike Tomlin, and Rod Marinelli, amongst others.
This entire rebuilding process has to be deliberate and calculating, and Schiano realizes that.
This team isn't going to take over the NFC South overnight or perhaps not even in two years.
But what needs to happen is a solid, thoughtful process that will avoid the sins of the past.
And as you all well know, there were a lot of sins.