“As one veteran NFL coach said of Schiano earlier this week, ‘It’s his way or [expletive] you. He needs to back up a little bit, or he’s going to have a very hard time in this league over the long haul.’
“In conversations with nearly a dozen NFL general managers, personnel executives, scouts and coaches familiar with Schiano’s time at Rutgers, I detected an almost unprecedented degree of resentment and disdain for a man who has yet to coach his third professional game. They believe his decision to instruct his defenders to blow up the Giants’ line and lunge at quarterback Eli Manning in a typically uncontested scenario was indicative of the unapologetic arrogance that made Rutgers a notoriously dreaded stop on most scouts’ itineraries during his tenure. In the words of one NFC personnel executive,’It was pure misery,'” wrote Silver.
When Schiano was at Rutgers and NFL scouts would visit, they were treated in a unprofessional manner.
“Penn State was off limits for all but two days a year, but they didn’t make you feel as unwelcome,” says one AFC team’s top personnel executive, per Silver. “At Rutgers, it was a really unpleasant day. You were made to feel like an outsider, like you weren’t welcome. And everyone was scared to talk to you.
“[Schiano] tried so hard to be a hard ass and went out of his way to be rude. When you’d pass him in the hallway, you might say, ‘Good morning,’ and he’d look at you like you’re a [expletive] idiot. A guy like him doesn’t realize that probably half of us played the game at a really high level – it’s completely condescending. He would go out of his way to make you feel as uncomfortable as he could.”
After last week’s kneeling incident with the Giants, Schiano has found himself in a bad situation with many NFL executives.
“He pissed off The Godfather,” said one front-office executive for an NFC team, per Silver. “Here’s Tom Coughlin, one of the most respected men in this league, telling him he’s out of line, wondering why his [$97-million] quarterback was put in harm’s way. You have to understand that the NFL really is a brotherhood – these guys are in the same union, and some of them socialize together, and some end up as teammates down the road.
“He’s been perceived as a bully in the NCAA, and he’s still trying to bully. This league has little patience with that. It won’t fly. And even before this, the NFL’s scrutinizing eyes were already upon him.”
While watching Schiano’s interview with the NFL Network last night, it was obvious to me that this is a man who is full of arrogance and it’s either his way or the high way. I hate to say it, but with that attitude, coaches don’t last long in the NFL.