Update: Schiano to the Bucs is reportedly a done deal. He’s got a 5-year deal to turn the Bucs around like he did the Scarlet Knights.
Raheem Morris was fired from the Tampa job after a disappointing season that saw the Bucs lose their last 10 and finish 4-12. That record was good (bad?) enough to secure them the #5 overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.
The good draft choice isn’t the only asset the Bucs have as Josh Freeman, LeGarrette Blount, and Mike Williams have shone glimpses of greatness. If Schiano is the hire, it’s a bit of a surprise since Schiano has been at Rutgers since 2001 although there are now reports that he also was a finalist with the St. Louis Rams earlier this off-season.
He was an assistant for the Bears in the 90′s and then became defensive coordinator at Miami University before going to Rutgers. He turned that program around and is a good fit for the Bucs in my opinion.
He’s unproven in the NFL, never having even been a coordinator on the pro level, but his defensive focus and ability to turn around a floundering program (franchise in this case) would seem to make him a nice hire. He’s not a retread, to be sure, and is a bold choice for Bucs management.
As far as the fantasy impact, it’s hard to say for sure since he hasn’t coached on this level but my initial thoughts would be an upgrade to Blount since Schiano likes to run the ball. It also most likely means they’ll go defense with that #5 pick (new Mock Draft coming tomorrow) as Schiano tries to shore up a Bucs defense that struggled mightily during its end of the year swoon.