From 2009-12, Greg Schiano was a hot name for all head coaching vacancies in both College Football and the NFL. He was able to make Rutgers University a respectable program and even take them to six bowl games in his last seven years. Before Schiano got to Rutgers, they had only been to one bowl game in their first 127 seasons.
After 2011, Schiano made the jump to the NFL to coach the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The jump from College to NFL Coach is usually an unsuccessful one, but Schiano started out well, winning six of his first ten games. Since then, the Buccaneers have gone 1-12 and many are calling for Schiano to get fired. He is known for being a tough coach that has some of the most difficult practices that end up wearing out his teams.
While Schiano is going through a tough time, he can look over at the opposing sidelines on Sunday at Pete Carroll and see another coach who struggled coming out of college. Carroll did have previous NFL experience coaching the New York Jets and New England Patriots, but was unsuccessful at both stops. He ended up bringing USC back to national prominence and winning a National Championship and five BCS Bowl Games with the Trojans.
In Carroll’s first two years with the Seattle Seahawks, they were a combined 14-18 and some were assuming he was on thin ice going into the 2012 season. The Seahawks were going through a bit of quarterback turmoil just like the Buccaneers are now. Seattle signed Matt Flynn to be their starter over Tarvaris Jackson and also drafted Russell Wilson in the third round. It was Flynn’s job to lose going into the preseason and Wilson was considered the No. 3 QB. However, after impressing throughout, Wilson won the starting job and led the Seahawks to within one play of the NFC Championship game.
If not for Wilson’s surprising ascension to superstardom, the Seahawks would have been around the 7-9 mark again and Carroll would be out of a job. While this season may be lost for Schiano, if he can hang on to his job and get in the mix for Teddy Bridgewater or Marcus Mariota, he may find the same success in his third season that Carroll did.