Interview with Rutgers Head Football Coach Greg Schiano - Part 4 of 6
On June 5th, Mike Fasano and I had the pleasure of interviewing the Head Coach of Rutgers football Greg Schiano. The interview lasted approximately two hours. We had the chance to obtain his comments on his philosphy, recruiting success, how he will continue to improve the program, future of the program, improvements to the facilities, coaching additions, and how he will build a championship program at Rutgers. The interview was informative and enlightening. We hope that you enjoy the interview and obtain some insight into the program.
Mike Fasano: What are your impressions of the following players?
Mike Fasano: Marcus Jones
Greg Schiano: Hard worker, productive
Mike Fasano: Tres Moses
Greg Schiano: Potential
Mike Fasano: Piana Lukabu
Greg Schiano: Could be special
Mike Fasano: Al Peterson
Greg Schiano: football player
Mike Fasano: William Beckford
Greg Schiano: football player
Mike Fasano: Shawn Tucker
Greg Schiano: Smooth
Mike Fasano: Anthony Cali
Greg Schiano: Leader
Mike Fasano: Ryan Hart
Greg Schiano: Productive
Mike Fasano: Of the last two guys, is the quarterback job open when they come in?
Greg Schiano: We have a starting quarterback. When we enter camp, there will be a first-team quarterback and that will be Ryan Cubit. For every position on our football team, there is always competition. To unseat a starter, you need to play considerably better and it is not about one practice or one scrimmage. If you show that you are consistently a better player, then you will win out on the position. That is what our players truly believe. That production talks and if you produce your playing time will go up.
Donald "Big Dog" Forbes: Which incoming freshman has the potential of making the most impact on the football team?
Greg Schiano: There are a lot of "if's" and possibilities. I do not know for sure. However, in the kicking game, there are some opportunities for Justin Musiek. He has the ability to compete with Ryan Sands for the place kicking duties.
One of our issues was that we had to scheme our kickoff coverage because we could not drive the ball deep and high. We had to pooch kick a number of times. Ryan Sands has worked hard to strengthen his leg and become a more efficient kickoff guy. It is not field goals to me it is kickoffs. Do not get me wrong, field goals are good. But we can not "scheme it" all the time and have to do it perfectly to get them in the 25-yard line. Otherwise, they are on the 30 or 37 yard line. Playing on a shrunken field is no way to play football and defense.
My belief is that you play great on defense, in the kicking game, and you play up to your level of skill on the offense. If you are very talented, you let it all hang out. If you are semi-talented, you play a little closer to the vest. You try to give yourself opportunities to win games. When you get that special group of athletes on offense, then you blow them open. That is what we did at Miami.
Donald "Big Dog" Forbes: As you get better, do you plan to redshirt more players? Or you do not believe in redshirting players?
Greg Schiano: I believe in redshirting. But I do not have a blanket policy on redshirting freshmen. Some people believe in redshirting all of their players to have them more mature. But the truth of the matter is that if you are recruiting the right players, they will not be around for their fifth year because they are going to the NFL. That happened a lot at Miami, it is only going to happen more. Eventually, that will happen here. Eventually, not immediately, it will happen here that our concern is that players are leaving for the NFL after their fourth year. It should be an intense point January after the bowl game until declaration for the draft. But that is a good thing because that means that you are recruiting the right players and they are guys with that type of ability.
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Tomorrow, his biggest disappoinments and accomplishments, the football complex expansion and more recruiting. Part 6 will be on-line Tuesday, instead of Friday due to typing issues. Stay tuned...
Donald "Big Dog" Forbes: BigDog@Rutgersfootball.com