Former Buccaneers coach and most recently former Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano is looking to get back on a sideline for 2019. And it looks like, a landing spot that had been speculated for him previously, is about to be open, again.
This with a report Wednesday morning, that Schiano is at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, interviewing for possible job opportunities in the NFL.
Specifically, this report by NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport says he could be joining the New England Patriots shortly:
Ex-#Bucs coach & #OSU DC Greg Schiano is here in Mobile to explore his NFL opportunities. Nothing is done, but the spot that appears likely is the #Patriots in a top defensive role, sources tell @JamesPalmerTV and me. With Brian Flores taking the #Dolphins job, Schiano slides in.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 23, 2019
The timing is the exact same as 12 months ago, when the Patriots were in the Super Bowl getting ready to play the Eagles and it was widely known that their defensive coordinator Matt Patricia was taking the Detroit Lions job. Thus, creating an opening that Schiano was under consideration for at the time.
As it turns out, coach Bill Belichick decided to use Brian Flores, as his defensive play caller without designating him as “defensive coordinator” for 2018.
Schiano had suffered the humiliation of a very public outcry from in Knoxville,Tennessee, that the Volunteers not hire him from Ohio State, as their new head coach a month earlier in December of 2017.
Schiano stayed put at Ohio State and they once again, enjoyed a Big Ten Championship and a Rose Bowl win. However, when coach Urban Meyer retired, new coach Ryan Day dismissed Schiano for his own defensive coordinator choice making him available.
Schiano’s previous NFL coaching experience in Tampa Bay was a disaster in the win-loss column and in some other ways. After some initial success, the 2012, the Bucs lost five of their last six games at the end of that season. Then started a dismal 0-8 with Schiano running off established young quarterback Josh Freeman, who was released a month into the year. Tampa Bay never recovered finishing 4 – 12 and Schiano was fired with an 11 – 21 record.
Schiano’s Buccaneers were famously blasted nationally for him ordering his defense to “rush the kneel down formation” early in the 2012 season at the end of losses to the Giants and then the Cowboys.
Unable to secure a head coaching job in 2014-15, Schiano ended up joining Ohio State, as the defensive coordinator in 2016. It’s a role that he similarly held for Butch Davis with the Miami Hurricanes in the early 2000s.
Back to Belichick in New England: he has always been fond of Schiano, including when one of his sons played for and then, was a graduate assistant with Schiano while he coached Rutgers.
The Buccaneers and Patriots also held joint practices together during Schiano’s two pre-seasons of 2012 – 13.
Flores is expected to become the new head coach of the Dolphins after the Superbowl and it remains to be seen if Schiano will essentially be the defensive coordinator or have some other role.
Or, like the Tennessee college job, might it become muddled, too?
Bucs coach Arians wouldn’t endorse Winston future Wednesday
With four games to go, the Buccaneers have been improved the last two weeks and Come Away with victories. However the largest question still looming for them is what is the future of quarterback Jameis Winston be on this season?
And on Wednesday afternoon, first-year coach Bruce Arians created buzz when he refused to endorse Winston coming back for his second season.
Arians met with the media after Tampa Bay’s practice preparing for the Colts and was asked whether Winston had done enough to earn at least a contract for 2020?
“I’ve been in it where you have to win four, we won all four… and we won the Super Bowl. JPP’s been in the same situation. So it’s happened. It’s been done.”
➡️: HC Bruce Arians pic.twitter.com/7Lld1JYfDh
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) December 5, 2019
“I’m gonna pass on that one. I’m gonna wait until the end of December. There’s been really, really good. And there’s been some really, really bad…. I’m just going to pass until it’s over. And then, we’ll make a decision.”
Winston is currently in the 5th year option of his rookie deal that is paying him $20 million for this season. If the Buccaneers choose to place the franchise tag on Winston, he would likely be making around $25 million for next year.
Winston has been a mixed bag of some success but still way too many turnovers. Heading into this weekend’s play, he currently is 2nd in the NFL in passing yards and tied for 6th with 22 touchdown passes. Winston also had a six-game stretch with 300 yards or more in each one of them, which was the first time in Buccaneers history the quarterback had done that.
However, he has been unable to shake the biggest flaw that has dogged him since his Florida State days, and that’s interceptions and turnovers. Winston still leads the NFL with 25 turnovers through 12 games.
And, this includes three games this season where Winston has had four or more turnovers (all losses), including four interceptions three weeks ago in a crushing home loss to the Saints.
Arians decided to soften his stance a bit during his weekly appearance on SiriusXM NFL radio channel Wednesday night:
.@Buccaneers Head Coach Bruce Arians on his evaluation of Jameis Winston to this point….
"Right now there's a lot of good things on tape" #GoBucs
— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) December 5, 2019
However, he still repeated that the decision will be made after the season.
And, it’s obvious that if Winston plays well and the Bucs win at least a couple of more games, then he’s got a great shot to be brought back. However, if Winston continues the turnover problem and the Bucs aren’t winning. that may seal his fate.
Tampa Bay has only one winning season and has never made the playoffs with Winston at the helm. And, the interceptions, turnovers and losing may be too much to overcome.
Bucs bash Jacksonville- Jaguars to turn back to QB Minshew?
The Bucs put together a third win in four games primarily with their defense stuffing the Jaguars on their way to a 28 – 11 victory Sunday. Meanwhile, there’s a larger question looming for the Jags. Will they turn back to rookie QB Gardner Minshew?
More on that in moment.
First, Tampa Bay forced four turnovers and turned the first three of them into touchdowns building a 22-0 lead and never looked back.
The first one was by rookie first-round pick linebacker Devin White, who jumped in front of a Nick Foles pass and the Bucs promptly marched 69 yards in eight plays for their first points, as Peyton Barber capped the drive with a 15-yard touchdown run and 7 – 0 lead.
The Buccaneers wasted no time in getting their second turnover and immediately, got back in the end zone. This as, just 10 seconds later Shaq Barrett blindsided Foles for a sack/fumble that was picked up by White.
Shaq Barrett gets the sack fumble on Nick Foles, Devin White scoops it up and returns it for a TD. Barrett is now up to 13.5 sacks and 6 forced fumbles on the season.
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) December 1, 2019
He ran it in for his first NFL score, and Barber added a two-point conversion on a run and the lead grew to 15-0.
Foles, making his third start since returning from a broken collarbone in week one, and the Jaguars were actually moving the ball later in the second quarter. They got into the Red Zone, but he was sacked, again, this time by Carl Nassib and fumbled again. That was recovered by Ndamukong Suh, and Tampa Bay proceeded to drive 85 yards with Barber scoring again on a 1-yard run for the three touchdown cushion.
Down 25 – 0 starting the second half, Jaguars coach Doug Marrone went back to his starter earlier in the year- rookie sixth round pick Gardner Minshew. Minshew, who won four games in Foles’ absence, led Jacksonville on two scoring drives, including throwing a three yard TD to Dede Westbrook early in the fourth quarter. Minshew also scrambled and found Westbrook for the two-point conversion to trim the lead to 25 – 11.
It looked as though “Minshew Mania” was going to bite the Buccaneers, as the Jags drove inside the Tampa Bay 10-yard line with plenty of time remaining, but on a third-down and goal play, Minshew was intercepted by Buccaneers rookie defensive back Sean Murphy-Bunting which basically ended their comeback.
The Bucs added a Matt Gay field goal late in the fourth quarter for the final margin of 17 points.
Tampa Bay won back-to-back games for the first time this season and now will get three of the final four games of the year at home.
Meanwhile for Jaguars brass and Marrone, they definitely have a controversy on their hands, as the Jags have dropped four straight games. And, Foles has played poorly in his two-and-a-half game since being reinstated as the starter.
The crowd was booing and chanting “Minshew, Minshew” loudly from the middle of the second quarter on.
But, it’s also not an easy decision from a financial standpoint, as Foles is still owed more is $30 million over the next couple of years in guaranteed money.
For his part, Marrone said that he would make the decision and inform the QBs about who will start against the Chargers at home this Sunday. And that could come, as soon as Monday.