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“I don’t think it’s any secret that I wanted to go back in that direction,” Schiano said. “We’ll either run the football, throw the ball and get it in the hands of play-makers. And that pro style is what I’m comfortable with, and really what Frank is good at implementing and coaching.”

Schiano also said the new offense should benefit sophomore quarterback Tom Savage, who is still deciding whether to remain at Rutgers or transfer. Savage lost his starting job to freshman Chas Dodd last season. Schiano didn’t offer many details on the Savage scenario.

“I think we’re in the process of working through all that,” he said. “As soon as I know, whatever it ends up being, we’ll make sure that everybody understands it and is clear with it.”

Cignetti has already spoken with both Savage and Dodd to share his philosophy. He said his offense is a hybrid between Bill Walsh’s West Coast attack and Don Coryell’s Digit System.

“I think this a great opportunity for both young men,” said Cignetti, who served as offensive coordinator at Cal and Fresno State in addition to coaching quarterbacks for the San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints. “One thing I can offer these young men is I’ve coached in the NFL. What we’re going to do is maximize their potential as a quarterback because we train the quarterback in an NFL system. And it will allow you the best opportunity possible to play in that league.”