Tampa Bay Buccaneers Rejected by Gators' DC, What Does It Mean?

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IFebruary 7, 2012

Is there poor perception of the Greg Schiano hiring?
Is there poor perception of the Greg Schiano hiring?Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images

University of Florida defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said thanks, but no thanks to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, per Pat Dooley of The Gainesville Sun, a great way to start the post-Super Bowl week.

Let's think about this for a minute.

How's the perception of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers out there?

How's the perception of the hiring of Greg Schiano?

As much as you want to think it may be a solid hire, it's not what we think, it's what potential staff candidates think, and obviously Quinn thought he was better off in Gainesville and maybe he is.

Think about this for a moment. Where would you rather work? A solid, well-funded, SEC team that sells out every game, or the bottom dweller of the NFL South?

Do the overtures to Quinn also mean Butch Davis is out of the picture?

Think about it.

Does the lack of bodies at One Buccaneer Place mean Schiano and GM Mark Dominik will be making calls to the New York Giants and New England Patriots staffers?

One team that was called was the Green Bay Packers as Dominik sought permission to interview the Pack's tight ends coach Ben McAdoo for the offensive coordinator position.

BLOCKED! The pack put the crack-back on Dominik per Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network.

Scratch Ben McAdoo.

Former Buccaneer quarterback Shaun King, now a radio personality of the "King David Show" on 1010 AM, was wondering about the contracts being offered to these potential staffers.

King wondered aloud if they are short term or if they're not, do they have some sort of "poison pill" clause in them that would only pay the assistant a part of his contract salary if he were fired?

Whatever it is, it all goes back to perception.

Anyone who watched the film of the last 10 games, well, it might be a tough sell.

The bad news for the Bucs is that division rivals New Orleans and Atlanta wasted no time upgrading their defensive staffs. The Saints added former St. Louis head coach Steve Spagnuolo as their defensive coordinator while the Falcons brought Mike Nolan aboard.

At this point, you've got to be wondering not whom will the Bucs get, but wonder whom they will end up with.