Greg Schiano remains ambiguous about Bucs’ plans on defense

Published: March 30th, 2012
By Bucs Beat Feed

When the Bucs hired Bill Sheridan as their defensive coordinator, Sheridan made no pretenses, saying he was hired to run head coach Greg Schiano's defense -- not his own.

That brings us to an interesting question as we attempt to forecast what kinds of on-field changes are in store under the Bucs' new coaching staff: What, exactly, does Schiano's defense look like, anyway?

We put this question to Schiano during the owners meetings this week, but it seems he prefers to keep us guessing a bit. Schiano essentially said his defense will be one with multiple elements and probably won't be easily classified with any of the run-of-the-mill schemes used around the league.

"We’ve had a high percentage of pressure, (with) zone blitzes," Schiano said. "Then again, all my years in college, I studied Monte Kiffin. When I was at Miami, we’d drive up and come to camp and OTAs and those kinds of things. So we’re kind of a mishmash of a lot of different people."

But it seems Schiano's defense won't look exactly the same as it did at Rutgers, mostly becuase he'll be adapting it defend pro offenses.

"The one nice thing coming from college is you don’t have to deal with the gun-run game," Schiano said, referring to the spread offense. "That has really taken over college football. . . In college, it’s option football but by another name. It’s a pain in the rear end. To be able to get back to playing some real football, the football I grew up on, that’ll be fun."

As for what kind of coverages Schiano will use in the secondary, it's tough to pin that down, too. But Schiano did offer a sense of his coverage philosophy.

"I think we’ll mix it up," Schiano said. "I coached the secondary (as an assistant coach), so I think whatever your position was when you were an assistant coach, it always gets a little more attention. I’m a big believer in changing not only the back structure of your secondary, but your cornerback techniques, almost by the play, rather than have the best athletes that play in the National Football League – the wide receivers – being able to run (against) air. That’s what they do every day in OTAs. . . You’d like to disrupt that."