Schiano: In the league, more NFL coaches fail than college coaches
- Published: Monday, 04 June 2012 07:45
- by Doug Samuels
Peter King of Sports Illustrated first pointed out Greg Schiano's attention to the little details when he wrote a story talking about how meeting rooms for his Rutgers team had to be set preciously at 70 degrees, even on the road when staying at hotels.
As Schiano explained to NFL.com, those type of small details make big differences.
"If you've ever been with a group of men in a meeting room, you know that if you put 70 guys in a room, the temperature goes up right away. That might make it harder to focus, if you're worried about trying not to suffocate. Those are the details most people don't tend to. I don't know if I put more on that than anyone else, but I make sure we're thorough. You can bitch about stuff when it doesn't go right. Or you can get out in front of it."
The man that ultimately hired him, General Manager Mark Dominik, says that kind of attention to detail is part of the reason he felt Schiano was the right guy for the job in Tampa.
"That speaks to the level of detail, the organization and how precise he thinks the little things need to be to get it right. I saw that (temperature) story as a positive, as him trying to find any advantage he can to make the team better. Whether it's the room temperature or the story about him allegedly wanting a certain kind of pasta, it shows how important all of it is to Coach Schiano. In any and all aspects of the operation, he wants it to be the best it can be."
Although Jim Harbaugh's first season out in San Francisco has been a huge success, much of the mainstream media won't hesitate to point out the college head coaches who make a leap to the NFL and come up short. Schiano doesn't see it quite like that.
"I'm not saying that I'm going to make it, even though I'm confident in our plan, but that's probably one of the most misleading ideas out there. There are way more pro guys that don't make it...six to nine jobs change every year, and most of them are filled by pro guys. It's just easier to point out the college guys who don't make it, but there are more NFL guys that fail. So I'm really not worried about the college-pro thing. Every coach has to be a head coach for the first time somewhere.