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Previous Buccaneers Coach: Raheem Morris
Head Coaching Record: N/A
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were disappointed with Raheem Morris and his inability to coach quarterback Josh Freeman as they both became part of the franchise in 2009. Now, the Buccaneers are looking to Greg Schiano to take over and give the team a competitive spirit.
Schiano struggled in his first two years as the Rutgers head coach. The school went 3-20 with an 0-14 conference record in the Big East in 2001 and 2002 combined. But Schiano stayed with Rutgers and eventually flipped the switch. He finished with a 68-67 record, leading the Scarlet Knights to a 5-1 bowl record.
Schiano has an offense with great potential before him after the additions of wide receiver Vincent Jackson and offensive guard Carl Nicks. Freeman has thrown more interceptions than touchdown passes in two of the three seasons he has been in the league. But He now has a chance to turn that around with a talented group of players around him. Rookie running back Doug Martin could also help take away some pressure on offense.
Defensively, Schiano has big plans to rebuild the team with safety Mark Barron and outside linebacker Lavonte David taken fairly early.
In a division where the New Orleans Saints are suffering major consequences with head coach Sean Payton's season long suspension being one of them, the NFC South could be wide open, giving Schiano and the Buccaneers a chance surprise a lot of people.