In addition to getting Freeman back on track, Schiano faces the challenge of improving a defense that yielded a franchise-record 494 points while also ranking near the bottom of the NFL in sacks and yards allowed.
The Bucs used first- and second-round selections in each of the past two drafts to rebuild the defense line, yet still have not been able to generate a consistent pass rush.
“You talk about how our team is going to look. … Our team will be built around a humble, unselfish, attitude and sacrifice,” Schiano said. “It’s hard to find that in today’s world. But that’s who we’ll be.”
“It a young core of very talented guys. But until you actually coach them, how do you know how talented? I’ve watched video, I talked to people I know in the National Football League and I’m very impressed,” he said, adding that he’s confident he’ll be able to assemble a coaching staff that will help players grow.
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