NFL Rumors: Greg Schiano

We've heard before that New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick has developed a close relationship with former Rutgers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano. Now it appears that the unemployed Schiano may end up on Belichick's Patriots staff.

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Schiano's coaching future 

January, 23, 2014
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CB Darrelle Revis bit his tongue during the season, but he opened up Wednesday about his feelings toward coach Greg Schiano, who was fired at season's end.

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Greg Schiano top option for PSU? 

December, 29, 2013
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Earlier this week, we noted a report that had Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak, Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano and Vanderbilt coach James Franklin as potential replacement targets by Penn State if coach Bill O'Brien heads to the NFL. On Saturday, ESPN NFL Insiders Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen reported that "O'Brien has emerged as the overwhelming favorite to become the next coach of the Houston Texans."

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Coaching hot seat watch 

December, 24, 2013
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Black Monday is just five days away. That's when the witching hour will occur and at least a handful of NFL coaches will be fired. Several more may be shown the door soon thereafter. Last season, eight coaches lost their jobs, and we could see a similar turnaround in 2013, too.

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Coaching hot seats 

December, 10, 2013
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During our weekly look at the hottest coaching seats in the NFL last week, I had Gary Kubiak atop the list. After the Houston Texans lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars Thursday for the second time in three weeks, they finally pulled the plug on Kubiak's tenure with the team. That puts them in place to be first in line for replacements like Lovie Smith.

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Less heat on Schiano's seat? 

November, 18, 2013
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers earned their second straight victory on Sunday by taking down the Atlanta Falcons 41-28. The Bucs aren't going to earn a spot in the playoffs after losing their first seven contests, but they may be saving coach Greg Schiano's job. That's not just because they have picked up a couple of wins, but because it appears Schiano has the locker room behind him now.

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Coaching hot seat watch 

November, 15, 2013
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The coaching hot seat watch has held pretty steady over the past month or so, but we have some new entrants this week. That's partly because some of the coaches who had been feeling the heat have taken the edge off. Leslie Frazier coached his Minnesota Vikings to their first win on American soil last week. Tom Coughlin's New York Giants have won three straight. And though they lost their final pre-bye game, Jason Garrett's Dallas Cowboys are, of course, .500.

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Coaching hot seat watch 

November, 1, 2013
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Each Friday this season we have been taking a look at the coaches who are on the hottest seats. As you can see below, the same three coaches from last week are back on the list, as they were unable to lead their respective teams to a "W" last week.

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Coaching hot seat watch 

October, 25, 2013
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Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera spent the early part of the season at or near the top of the list of hot-seat coaches, but he has put that behind him with a three-game winning streak that moved his team to 4-3. There remains plenty of time for Rivera's seat to warm back up, but by whipping the Tampa Bay Buccaneers up and down the field Thursday evening, he helped put Greg Schiano on the hottest seat in the league.

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Coaching hot seats 

October, 12, 2013
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Last week, I had Greg Schiano, Ron Rivera and Rex Ryan as the NFL coaches with the hottest seats entering Week 5. We'll get back to Schiano and Rivera in a minute, but Ryan got a big win out of his New York Jets on the road against the Atlanta Falcons on Monday Night Football. That certainly took the edge off the pressure on Ryan. In fact, now at 3-2, the Jets could actually make some noise this season. How the Jets fare over the next month of games (Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, @ Cincinnati Bengals, New Orleans Saints) leading up to their Week 10 bye will play a large role in whether Ryan returns to the hot seat or has his Jets in playoff contention.

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Coaching hot seats 

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When we use the term "hot seat" in reference to an NFL coach, it implies that he is in danger of losing his job in the near future. It doesn't just mean that his team is struggling or under-performing, because there are a number of coaches who are in that position but aren't really in imminent danger of being fired.

Unless things turn horrific on and off the field for first-year coaches like Chip Kelly, Doug Marrone and Gus Bradley, whose teams are off to a bumpy start, should be safe this season, because they were hired to build their teams into contenders and that is presumed to take time. Veteran coaches also get a safe pass, which is why guys like Jeff Fisher, Mike Tomlin and Tom Coughlin are highly unlikely to get axed, no matter how bad things get during the season. Their futures may be revisited during the offseason, though, if things continue to spin downward.

That leaves us with only a handful of coaches who genuinely could be shown the door in the coming weeks. Here are the top three I think are in danger of not making it through October:

  • Greg Schiano, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: There was a brief period of time when it was fair to wonder whether Schiano or Josh Freeman would last longer in Tampa. Now that Freeman is gone, Schiano will have to find a way to repair the locker-room friction that reportedly exist and get his 0-4 squad headed in the right direction. He gets one week to breathe easy during their bye, but the Bucs return for a series of potentially difficult matchups: Philadelphia Eagles, @ Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, @ Seattle Seahawks. He may need to come out of that stretch at 2-2 or better to keep his job.

  • Ron Rivera, Carolina Panthers: His seat was smoking hot heading into Week 3, when his Panthers humiliated the New York Giants. Now they are coming off their bye week and face a series of teams that are entirely beatable: @ Arizona Cardinals, @ Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Rams, @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The catch there is three of those four games are on the road, and if they come out of this stretch with a losing record, the heat may be too much for Rivera to handle.

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Coaching hot seats 

September, 27, 2013
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The heat of an NFL coaching hot seat can rise and fall weekly like the temperature changes from the sunny to the dark side of the moon. Just ask Ron Rivera, who was rumored to be directly under the coaching axe until his Carolina Panthers humiliated the New York Giants 38-0 in Week 3. He has plenty of time to get back on the hot seat this season, but there are others whose seats are glowing red at the moment. Let's take a look at the top three coaches who I think will need to turn things around quickly in order to keep the heat off their seats.

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Josh Freeman's next team 

September, 16, 2013
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The beginning of the 2013 NFL campaign couldn't be going much worse for Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman. There have been reports that there is a "growing disconnect" between the quarterback and coach Greg Schiano and that Freeman likely will ask to be dealt away prior to the trade deadline next month. Making matters worse has been his play on the field. After two games, the Bucs are 0-2 and Freeman has completed only 45.3 percent of his passes for 335 yards, 2 TDs and 2 INTs.

ESPN Bucs reporter Pat Yasinskas thinks Freeman and Schiano are a bad pairing. "When Schiano took the job last year, it appeared the one thing he had going for him was a franchise quarterback. But to this point, Schiano and his coaching staff have done nothing but ruin Freeman," Yasinskas wrote. "How? Schiano is too rigid. He's trying to make Freeman into something he's not, and that has led to a quarterback regression unlike anything I've ever seen."

Freeman will be a free agent after the 2013 season, and barring a dramatic turnaround, he almost certainly will be playing for a new team next season, or earlier if he's dealt during this season.

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Growing concern about Freeman? 

September, 15, 2013
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QB Josh Freeman never got things going last week, completing 15 of his 31 pass attempts for 210 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT against the New York Jets. We all know that he is in a contract year and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have rookie Mike Glennon waiting in the wings, which means there will be constant pressure on Freeman all season long. Apparently, there is an added element right now in that Freeman and Schiano may not be on the same page.

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Can Bucs D keep edge, avoid penalties? 

September, 10, 2013
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost their opener to the New York Jets in a nail-biter. Linebacker Lavonte David's late hit out of bounds on QB Geno Smith made all of the highlowlight reels, because the penalty moved the Jets into field-goal range, but he wasn't the only Bucs defensive player to earn a thrown flag. Pro Bowl safety Dashon Goldson and second-year S Mark Barron each got an unnecessary roughness penalty. Nonetheless, even though coach Greg Schiano discussed with his players how refs will call certain plays, he wants his defense to remain aggressive.

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