It’s been secretive to say the least, but based on what little news has trickled out since the team announced that former Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano would become the teams 9th head coach in the franchise’s history. What we do know is that Schiano has taken a page out of Patriots head coach Bill Belichick playbook with regards to his stance on assistants talking to members of the media. A tactic Belichick learned from his mentor, Bill Parcells.
From a fans perspective it’s been a PR nightmare as there has been very little concrete information flowing of who has actually been interviewed, hired and the actual positions they will be coaching for the Bucs in 2012. This has caused a backlash by some; due to just the overall uncertainty and lack of real news. As most everything is simply hearsay, with not much in the way of credible news and information being disseminated by the team.
What should be kept in mind however is that great leaders surround themselves with great people that they can trust. It should not be about how much weight a candidate’s name carries, but rather is the candidate the right fit.
Here is what we do know:
Schiano, based on his past will be very hands on, as the head coach – in all aspects of the team. Jimmy Raye was hired as a Senior Offensive Assistant, rumors have implied that former North Carolina head coach Butch Davis was hired as a Senior Defensive Assistant and that former Giants QB coach Mike Sullivan was officially hired as the teams’ offensive coordinator.
As for the remaining staff – Schiano has hired seven former Rutgers coaches. What positions they will actually coach has yet to be written in stone. But based on their respective resume a conclusion could be made for the following.
Bob Fraser – LB Coach/Assistant HC
Tem Lukubu – LB Coach
Randy Melvin – D-line Coach
Jeff Hafley – Assistant DB Coach
Brian Angelichio – TE Coach
PJ Fleck – WR Coach
Jay Butler – Strength Coach
On Friday there was a rumor floating around Twitter that the Bucs are targeting Pittsburgh Panthers offensive Line coach Tony Wise, a veteran coach with more than 37-years coaching experience. With 18 of those years coaching offensive lines in the NFL for Dallas, Chicago, Carolina, Miami and the Jets. To become the team’s offensive line coach.