Gerald McCoy says Tampa Bay Buccaneers eager to play for Greg Schiano

INDIANAPOLIS — Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy says he hasn't met new head coach Greg Schiano, but he says there is already a buzz among the players.

"Everyone's excited," McCoy said. "Everyone is like, 'I don't know what to expect,' but everyone's excited."

McCoy said he was didn't know much about Schiano before the Bucs hired him, but that his financial advisor, John Mangum, played for him when Schiano was an assistant with the Bears.

"He gave his stamp of approval," McCoy said as he worked Super Bowl media day. "I've done some research on him, and I've heard nothing but good things and how respected he is.

"He's an old soul, a no-nonsense coach who completely flipped and changed around that Rutgers program. He's defensive minded so, you know, that's what I'm about."

McCoy said his rehab is going well from his arm injury.

"When everything starts back up on April 23, I'll be the first one in the building ready to roll."

NEW GIG: Former Bucs defensive tackle Warren Sapp, now an analyst for NFL Network, doesn't know Schiano. But he has some idea as to why some college coaches have struggled in the NFL over the years.

"You know what it is?" Sapp said. "In college, you meet a stud maybe once a month. So maybe three times a year. (At Miami) I had FSU, Syracuse and either West Virginia or Virginia Tech. Not both, one or the other. You get to someone around your level maybe three or four times a year.

"You can outcoach a guy in college. 'I have this mismatch over there.' There are no mismatches here, boss. Everyone gets a check."

So did Sapp have an opinion when the Bucs were interviewing former Packers coach Mike Sherman, his old nemesis?

"No," Sapp said. "Unless you take a look at that picture Rich Eisen took of me where I'm hanging myself."

Sapp laughed.

"How do you get fired in college where you have a 25-25 record and you get promoted to the league? What did I miss? I know Pete Carroll had seven Pac-10 titles and two national championships. That's how you graduate. Win something. Mike Sherman hadn't won anything. The only reason he was getting this interview was that his agent and (Bucs GM) Mark Dominik's agent are the same."

AROUND THE LEAGUE: The Steelers interviewed former Chiefs coach Todd Haley for the offensive coordinator position. … The Falcons named Joe Danna defensive backs coach.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

Gerald McCoy says Tampa Bay Buccaneers eager to play for Greg Schiano 01/31/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 9:07pm]

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