All In The Family

Published: February 22nd, 2013

Coach, how many Rutgers players would you like to draft this year?
In a short interview with in Indianapolis, Greg Schiano addressed the fact that he has hired everyone who has ever coached at Rutgers in the history of time to join him in Tampa.

JoeBucsFan: Some people think, and have written, that you are hiring a bunch of cronies; your assistants. What is your reaction to that allegation?

Greg Schiano: I think it is, you know, people need to sometimes step away from the situation and look at the end. In the end, if you don’t win, what happens? So you are going to surround yourself with people who you think can do the best job to help you win. Now often times those are people who you have experience with and that is how you know that can happen, you are not guessing that can happen. So, often, our staff, a lot of guys I had worked with and a lot of guys I hadn’t, which is fine. The guys I hadn’t worked with certainly had relationships with guys I had worked with who knew their work ethic, who knew what kind of people they are and what kind of teachers they are. And that is really how I go about it.

First off, hats off to the JBF for asking a question that everyone has been thinking about, and in a direct way — the way it should be asked. Second, I don’t know what the hell Schiano is saying there in the middle of that quote. He starts off talking about winning, then he has a stroke, then he talks about experience and work ethic. That last part seems to be the most meaningful piece of his point. He wants to work with people he knows and knows what to expect from. And that’s understandable. But I find it hard to believe that each one of the 11 coaches on the team from Rutgers (including the Director of Football Operations) were the best people available for their respective jobs at the time. Maybe they’re all great and this season will kick ass and I’ll look like a complete tool for doubting Schiano. I hope so. But it seems like they could have looked around a bit more to fill some of those positions.

Speaking of nepotism, the Bucs need a cornerback and one of the draftable corners with a halfway decent grade is Logan Ryan out of Rutgers. He’ll get discussed in the first round, but will most likely fall to the second. He’s a good character kid with solid tackling skills and a great work ethic. His highlight reel is good in coverage, but he has also been beaten more than once. He doesn’t have elite speed, but he’s fast enough. The combine will answer some questions about his measurables, but in a draft that’s pretty light on corners, he would have to mess up pretty badly to fall out of the second round, I think. If the Bucs don’t take a first-round corner, I think there’s a good chance they’d fix on Ryan.