NFL’s Black Monday: Busier Than Black Friday with the Same Amount of Bloodshed
Greg Schiano – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The reported Schiano comment to season ticket holders, made in September, was rehashed on Twitter as part of the postmortem to the season and was a prelude to the epitaph of his tenure as Buccaneers head coach. If someone says the words that the “situation needed Greg Schiano” and the speaker is Greg Schiano and the people to whom the speaker is speaking are your season ticket holders, then you should probably start compiling a list of head coaching candidates as a replacement.
There’s a fine line between the Jimmy Johnson-style confidence bordering on arrogance of “I know what I’m doing and I’ll handle this,” and full-blown self-important braggadocio without foundation that Schiano exemplified. Had Schiano had a series of success stories in his career that the public wasn’t privy to? He was a defensive assistant in the NFL for three seasons with the Bears in which the club’s record was 15-33. His claim to fame is being the head coach at Rutgers for over a decade. Then he was suddenly thrust into the spotlight as an NFL head coach and allowed to rewrite the book on propriety, blurring the lines coaches could cross with players and other coaches.
The only chance someone like Schiano has in getting away with his act is if he wins. Then there will be grudging acceptance of his quirks and methods. An 11-23 record in two seasons, plus a dissension-wracked organization, plus a fan base that wanted him gone, plus players who didn’t want to play for him equals a dismissal.
When the Glazers hired Schiano, the fact that he was heartily recommended by Bill Belichick was more important than his somewhat thin resume and prickly personality. Few realize the amount of cronyism that goes on in coaching circles. Coaches see owners are a necessary evil and their way of counteracting the power these non-football people have over them is to help each other out when they can. That includes providing glowing references, warranted or not. The only people who know whether Belichick believes all the positive things he said about Schiano or was just doing him a favor because Schiano had coached Belichick’s son at Rutgers are Belichick and Schiano, but that can’t be the basis for the owners making the hire.
Schiano is rumored to be a frontrunner for the head coaching job at Penn State if Bill O’Brien leaves for the NFL as he’s expected to do. If he doesn’t get the Penn State job, he’d absolutely get another college coaching job and be able to act like a dictator and be lauded for it instead of ridiculed. His personality is more suited to college. It’s doubtful he’ll get another shot in the NFL given the disaster he wrought in Tampa Bay.
On a side note, the Bucs also fired GM Mark Dominik meaning they’re starting over.
Mike Shanahan – Washington Redskins
How can it be said that Daniel Snyder was an unstoppable meddler when he allowed Shanahan to hire his son as the offensive coordinator? Kyle Shanahan's qualifications have nothing to do with it. It just looks bad for a dad coach to hire his son in a key position like offensive coordinator. Unless the coach adopted Bill Walsh and called him his son, I wouldn’t let a coach hire his offspring to do anything other than be what amounts to the job of a graduate assistant or gofer. In this case, it doesn’t muddy the water as to determining whether or not someone is doing a good job. It bloodies it. If there was an issue with the offense that couldn’t be solved, would Shanahan have fired his son? Of course not. This isn’t the cronyism that was mentioned when discussing Schiano, it’s nepotism.