Greg Schiano is already back in New Jersey. The long-time Rutgers coach left for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the offseason and is about to coach his first road game in the NFL in the same state where he worked with the Scarlet Knights for 11 years.
Greg Schiano joined Mike Francesa on WFAN in New York to discuss the state of his new team, his return to New Jersey and the biggest difference between Rutgers and Tampa.
On if his team is in a rebuilding mode or if they’re ready to compete:
“I get the sense very clearly that in this league there’s not a lot of time for rebuilding. We have some good players, they want to win now, I want to win now, and that’s what we’re trying to do. And the competition will have something to do with it, but these guys have really bought into everything we’ve asked and they’re working very hard.”
On returning to New Jersey:
“I’m sure it’ll be a little bit weird, but I kind of look at it the other way. At least I’m familiar with the place, familiar with the stadium, the hotels, so at least there won’t be any anxiety that way. The anxiety will be directed at the right thing and that’s the defending Super Bowl champs.”
On the biggest difference between Rutgers and Tampa:
“It’s gotta be the separation in ages of your players. In college it’s a real specific demographic. You’re talking 18-to-22-year-old guys. Here I have some 21-year-old players and I have a 38-year-old player. So that’s a pretty big expanse, and how you handle them — you have to handle them differently.”