Greg Schiano and the wilting Belichick coaching tree

Greg Schiano's Dwindling Tenure In Tampa

10/28/13 in NFL   |   PAULLEBOWITZ   |   109 respect

Saban didn’t want to be in the NFL and it was clear from the start that he was always open to going Oct 20, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick looks on against the New York Jets during the first half at MetLife Stadium. The Jets won the game 30-27 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports back to college where he could rule his world with an iron fist and little scrutiny. The others – Crennel and Weis – might not be cut out to be head coaches. It’s nothing to be ashamed of to be a great assistant and not work out as the head man.
 
Schiano is not on the list because he never worked for Belichick. Instead, he was recommended by Belichick to the Glazer family as a head coach after posting a 68-67 as the coach at Rutgers. He’d been an NFL assistant with the Bears and a defensive coordinator with the University of Miami. He has qualifications, but it seems as if the main reason the Glazers hired him was because of the Belichick recommendation. In practice, his tenure has been a case study in what not to do.
 
Teams might be starstruck by the simple anointing by a future Hall of Fame coach like Belichick, but Belichick had a connection to Schiano from his son playing football for him at Rutgers. Teams looking for a coach need to differentiate between an actual endorsement and a favor by studying the prospective hire’s body of work and asking the simple question: “Would I hire this person without the endorsement?” If the answer is no, then the man is not the right person for the job.
 
What’s conveniently missed in the attempts on the part of these men to be clones of Belichick is that Belichick’s first job as a head coach ended with a deserved firing by the Browns in part because he was such a dour human being who didn’t have the on-field success to let him get away with it. Having cozied up to Patriots owner Bob Kraft as an assistant to Bill Parcells, Belichick was able to gain favor with the owner and get another head coaching job. Belichick’s career arc is testimony to the meeting of luck and brilliance. He was lucky in getting Tom Brady and able to implement his brilliance to rebuild the team. Now he can act any way he wants and get away with it because of the circular success – in short, he’s won thereby validating his miserableness.
 
Where would Belichick be without Brady? Belichick’s personality and insular methods almost didn’t work for Belichick. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that they aren’t working elsewhere.  
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