Greg Schiano says the Ohio State defensive line is better than his Bucs group
Schiano did say that Gerald McCoy was a great player, though.
I know, I know, we all want to forget the Greg Schiano era. It eh….was not a particularly pleasant two years of futility, for Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans. But hey, the man’s still around and sometimes he comments on things related to his time with the Bucs.
Like yesterday, when he told the Big Ten Network (after being prompted) that his current defensive line at Ohio State, where he’s the defensive coordinator, is better than any defensive line he’s ever been around—including in the NFL.
“It is [the most talented defensive line I’ve ever been around, including the NFL]. And that’s not a joke. It is. Now we had a great player in Tampa Bay by the name of Gerald McCoy, a tremendous player, but that was one guy.”
Watch the footage below, from the 2:50 mark.
— Ohio State on BTN (@OhioStateOnBTN) August 5, 2017
Well, I know jack all about the Ohio State defensive line, but I do know the Bucs and this is some nonsense. Gerald McCoy was playing some lights out football, and in 2012 they also had Michael Bennett racking up pressure inside and outside, with Roy Miller as a decent run-stuffing nose tackle, plus three games of Adrian Clayborn.
That’s not exactly the most dominant group around the NFL, especially because they had to give Daniel Te’o-Nesheim significant playing time, but it’s certainly going to be better than whoever Schiano has in college, unless he’s going to produce multiple first-round picks there.
Now maybe Schiano would have a case if he were talking about 2013, even with that being McCoy’s best season, given that Michael Bennett was inexplicably gone (there’s some indications he really didn’t like playing under Schiano). With a rookie Will Gholston, mediocre Adrian Clayborn and again Daniel Te’o-Nesheim we’re not talking about a great group of players there.
Here’s a better question, though: how many Bucs players have been around better head coaches than Greg Schiano. As Schiano hasn’t gotten back into a head-coaching job anywhere since leaving the Bucs, I’m going to go with “every single one of them”.
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