Greg Schiano big on structure, discipline

January, 26, 2012
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Other than the fact he’s had success at Rutgers, which is no small accomplishment, I don’t know a lot about Greg Schiano, who appears to be on the verge of becoming the next coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

But, like a lot of other people, I’m starting to get a profile of Schiano. We know he comes from a defensive background, had a short stint as a defensive assistant with the Chicago Bears, and worked as a defensive assistant at several other colleges before becoming the Rutgers coach.

What about him as a person? Well, early indications are he’s a big believer in accountability and doing things the right way, which should be a welcome change from the recent past around One Buccaneer Place.

This didn’t happen on the football field, but I still think it’s a good sign. The football team at Rutgers ranked No. 1 in the nation in Academic Progress Rate in 2010 and No. 2 in 2011.

For four consecutive years, Rutgers was ranked in the top three nationally in multi-year APR rates.

So we know Schiano expected his players to go to class and do well there. That doesn’t automatically translate into success on the football field. But I view it as a positive sign.

You don’t get that kind of result unless you believe in structure and discipline, and those are things the Bucs had been lacking.

Assuming Schiano takes the job, the early word is “Pass Blocking 101’’ will be offered at One Buccaneer Place this spring and running back LeGarrette Blount will be required to take the course. There’s also a rumbling that “Not Blaming the Media for Your Mistakes 201’’ and a graduate-level course called “How to Avoid Constant Off-Field Problems’’ will be held for cornerback Aqib Tailb and, possibly, a few others.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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