Nick Saban LSU – Miami Dolphins (2005-06) – Seasons 2 15-17
Dennis Erickson Miami – Seahawks (1995-98) 49ers (2003-04) – Seasons 6 40-56
Steve Spurrier Florida – Washington Redskins (2002-03) – Seasons 2 12-20
Butch Davis Miami – Cleveland Browns (2001-05) – Seasons 5 24-35
Mike Riley Oregon State – San Diego Chargers (1999-2001) – Seasons 3 14-34
If you read numbers like I do that is six coaches all with losing records when they made the jump to the NFL. There is just one caveat I would insert when considering the record of these other coaches when considering the hiring of Schiano. That is that Coach Schiano coached at Rutgers and not schools like Miami or Florida. At the big time schools coaches can win because they simply have more talent than most of the teams on their schedules. Seriously, Florida football each season will play maybe four of their games against teams that can field the same caliber of talent that they can. At Rutgers Schiano had to win games in which the talent he had on the field was very close to the same level as his opponents. To me that sounds a great deal like coaching in the NFL.
In the NFL where parity seems to be the way things are, coaches have to develop their players and their strategies better than the coaches on the other sidelines. This is something that coach Schiano has done for the last eleven years at Rutgers. The best thing that us Bucs fans can hope is that the right coordinators and assistants are brought in and that the Buccaneers can find some way to be a 8-8 team again.
As a fan I am happy to have a different head coach for the team than was here last season. I really do not think that there is much chance the team can possibly be any worse than the level of play we saw through the last five weeks of last season.