FLOWERY BRANCH — When Tampa Bay turned its head coaching reigns over to Greg Schiano, a former head coach at Rutgers, few took notice.
The hiring of college coaches by NFL teams has worked out for only a few, such as Bill Walsh, Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer.
The list of college coaches who have faltered miserably in the NFL includes iconic names such as Lou Holtz, Nick Saban and Steve Spurrier. Also, there was Bobby Petrino, who walked out on the Falcons after 13 games in 2007.
It looked as if the Bucs had made a bad move as they stumbled to a 1-3 start, and Schiano got into a tiff with New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin for rushing their kneel-down formation.
But Schiano, who spent three seasons in the NFL as an assistant coach with the Chicago Bears (1996-98), has