If the rumors have not already been started, the future of Greg Schiano as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could be headed for closure at the end of the season.
It should come as no shock in the wake of the events that have taken place of the past few weeks concerning players being disgruntled, a quarterback who has been benched, a rookie who was handed the keys to the offense this past weekend and an 0-4 start to being the season.
Looks like Schiano, who was a very successful guy as coach at Rutgers before testing the NFL waters, will be out of a job after only two seasons.
With his departure (which has not happened yet) who becomes the “hot name” to replace him?
Whoever comes in will have to be patient with Mike Glennon behind center or whomever they bring in and find a way to use Doug Martin to his fullest. He will also need to make sure everyone on defense is happy, including Darrelle Revis.
Here are some names that might pop up.
5. Perry Fewell
The defensive coordinator with the New York Giants has been someone rumored to be a candidate for head coaching jobs before. Will he finally bring his philosophy of big linemen and a stuffing pass rush to Tampa Bay and change the culture in southwest Florida?
4. Pete Carmichael
The offensive coordinator in New Orleans will land a head coaching job soon enough. If the Saints’ offense continues to move the ball up and down the field like a NASCAR event, some team is going to come call on him. The Buccaneers could sure use his high-octane offense to score some points.
3. Bruce Matthews
The offensive line coach in Tennessee could see more teams look him up after the season. The fact Matthews was an Pro Bowler and Hall of Famer in his career has to speak to his success. He is also a big reason the Titans are an improved football team this season. Matthews might be that hot coach that teams have to have after this season.
2. Jay Gruden
He worked his magic in Cincinnati with Andy Dalton. Can he do it with Mike Glennon? Gruden is Jon Gruden’s brother, so he knows a thing or two about the team and organization. Would he accept an interview? If he is not a candidate then possible the Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer gets thrown into the mix.
1. Lovie Smith
He is a coach from the Tony Dungy grapevine and a man who makes things happen. A great defensive mind and a coach who gets everything the can out of his players. Smith could be a defensive coordinator candidate in New York should Tom Coughlin makes a change with Fewell. But I truly believe he is the man to make it all happen in Tampa Bay.