Monday, November 20, 2017
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Rick Stroud: Butch Davis will be a front-office ally for new Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano

RECOMMENDED READING


Bucs coach Greg Schiano is an organized, detailed man; some even say, a micromanager who concerns himself with every facet of a football program.

That's not a criticism because it was a strength of Schiano's that enabled him to build Rutgers into a Big East contender.

It's not a surprise, then, why he would hire at least a handful of assistants from his Scarlet Knights staff. They know what he expects, how he works and prepares.

But Schiano didn't stop with the coaching staff. He wanted a trusted adviser in the front office, and that's why Butch Davis is at One Bucs Place.

"I think also the other part of it, which I think Greg is doing a great job, is surrounding himself with guys that he knows," Davis said.

There has been a lot of talk about Davis' $2.7 million settlement with North Carolina, which prohibits him from taking another coaching job. But it's obvious when you listen to Davis that, at 60, he's more interested in a front-office position at this point in his career.

Davis' title is special assistant to the head coach. But in the football operation of an NFL team, there is the coaching/support staff (trainers, strength coach, etc.) and the front office, which includes general manager Mark Dominik, director of player personnel Dennis Hickey, coordinator of pro personnel Shelton Quarles and the scouting staff. Davis isn't going to instruct players on the grass or run meetings. Regardless of his title, he's another layer to the front office.

By contrast, senior offensive assistant Jimmy Raye, who was a candidate for the Bears' GM job, is a member of the coaching staff and will work with players.

Schiano and Dominik share the same vision for building the Bucs. The last three years, it was all about building through the draft. But it's obvious Schiano received a commitment from the Bucs that they will invest in free agents. To that end, the Bucs have approximately $67 million of salary-cap space, which might be the most in the NFL.

Davis will begin by evaluating the roster and sitting in on player interviews at the combine.

"That is something that I look forward to, taking a look at the team," Davis said. "Taking a look at where they are in the growth. I know it is a very young football team."

As for helping with free agency, Davis said: "I will be there to help any way that I can. Try to have knowledge of guys that I have either coached or played against or coached against. … A lot of times getting information is extremely important. A lot of times it keeps you from making a bad decision. Hopefully sometimes it will help you make a good decision."

Good decisions. That's what Schiano wants. Davis has been part of several transitions from college to the NFL and back. He was part of Jimmy Johnson's Hurricanes staff that went to Dallas and won two Super Bowls with the Cowboys. He made his share of mistakes as the head coach and general manager of the Browns.

"The small pieces of advice that I have shared with Greg is just be yourself," Davis said.

"Hopefully I can help be a sounding board for him. Look over his shoulder at times and say here are some things that I did that were the wrong things to do. Maybe learn from some of my mistakes and hopefully maybe some of the things that I did right I can help."

How long will Davis be part of the Bucs organization? He will receive deferred payments from the Tar Heels through 2015.

"I don't have a crystal ball," Davis said. "I am committed to try and help this team win a Super Bowl as quick and as fast as possible. … As we have talked about it, you never know, this could be 10 years, who knows?"

Comments
Bucs-Dolphins report card: Grading Tampa Bay’s 30-20 victory

Bucs-Dolphins report card: Grading Tampa Bay’s 30-20 victory

MIAMI GARDENS — That was one ugly football game.The Bucs had a bad game. The Dolphins had a really bad game. And who had the worst game of all? The officials.In fact, the best part of Sunday’s game was before the game even started, thanks to a stirri...
Updated: 15 minutes ago
Jones: Even in victory, dread hangs over the Bucs

Jones: Even in victory, dread hangs over the Bucs

MIAMI GARDENS — A dark cloud is hanging over this football team.It’s a heaviness. A dread. A dread for what might have happened in the past and what might happen in the future.And that makes it hard for fans to truly enjoy what happened Sunday.The Bu...
Updated: 16 minutes ago
Bucs-Dolphins: How Ryan Fitzpatrick steadied Tampa Bay

Bucs-Dolphins: How Ryan Fitzpatrick steadied Tampa Bay

MIAMI GARDENS — For chaos, there was Jameis Winston missing his second game with a shoulder injury and an NFL investigation swirling around him.For calamity, there was the Bucs forcing four of their five turnovers in the first half and building a two...
Updated: 16 minutes ago
Bucs-Dolphins:  How rookies like O.J. Howard carried the day

Bucs-Dolphins: How rookies like O.J. Howard carried the day

MIAMI GARDENS — From start to finish, the Bucs’ wobbly 30-20 win over the Dolphins on Sunday was made possible by game-changing plays made by rookies.The Bucs’ top three picks in this year’s draft — tight end O.J. Howard, safety Justin Evans and rece...
Updated: 16 minutes ago
NFL Week 11: What we learned

NFL Week 11: What we learned

Is Jerry Jones the next Al Davis? Is he really going to let his anger for commissioner Roger Goodell ruin his relationship with the other owners? Should we have seen this coming? I think the answers are: Yes, probably and yes. Jones is the modern-day...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Figures from FSU case enter latest allegation against Jameis Winston

Figures from FSU case enter latest allegation against Jameis Winston

MIAMI GARDENS — The case of Jameis Winston and a female Uber driver in Arizona took more twists Sunday, with Winston getting some level of corroboration, and his unnamed accuser retaining a familiar, high-profile attorney.Eagles cornerback Ronald Dar...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Bucs-Dolphins journal: Patrick Murray on winning kick: ‘I knew I was going to make it’

Bucs-Dolphins journal: Patrick Murray on winning kick: ‘I knew I was going to make it’

MIAMI GARDENS — Patrick Murray has been so consistent since taking over as the Bucs’ kicker that he had no doubt when called upon to make a go-ahead field goal with four seconds left in Sunday’s win.Ryan Fitzpatrick completed three passes for 55 yard...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Bucs-Dolphins: Social media reactions to Tampa Bay’s 30-20 victory

Bucs-Dolphins: Social media reactions to Tampa Bay’s 30-20 victory

The Bucs won their second straight and snapped a six-game road losing streak Sunday. And they did it after blowing a 13-point lead.Here’s a sampling of reactions on social media to Tampa Bay’s 30-20 win over the Dolphins in Miami Gardens:...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Buccaneers-Dolphins: A by-the-numbers look at Tampa Bay’s 30-20 win

Buccaneers-Dolphins: A by-the-numbers look at Tampa Bay’s 30-20 win

Here’s a by-the-numbers look at the Bucs’ 30-20 win over the Dolphins on Sunday:5Bucs takeaways, four of which occurred in the first half. Tampa Bay last recorded four takeaways in the first half against Chicago in Week 2.6Turnovers quarterback Jay C...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Bucs-Dolphins: Instant analysis from Tampa Bay’s 30-20 victory

Bucs-Dolphins: Instant analysis from Tampa Bay’s 30-20 victory

The Buccaneers won their second straight game Sunday in Miami Gardens, breaking a six-game road losing streak in the process. Here’s the Times’ Bucs coverage team’s instant analysis from Tampa Bay’s 30-20 win over the Miami Dolphins:WINNING IS WINNIN...
Updated: 12 hours ago