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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.

Schiano was a defensive assistant in the NFL with the Chicago Bears for three seasons and was the University of Miami’s defensive coordinator for two years before moving to Rutgers.

“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.”

This season revealed glaring weaknesses throughout the team. Still, Schiano likes the foundation that Dominik and Morris laid the past two years.

“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.