At face value, new head coach Greg Schiano has the core values the floundering Tampa Bay Buccaneers badly need.
He espouses discipline, accountability, trust, the concept of “The Buccaneer Way.”
He is tough, relentless and a proven motivator.
All of the above traits helped Schiano pull Rutgers University from the depths of football futility to a level of national respect and consistency — and convinced the Bucs’ brain trust that he was their man for the job last Thursday.
The lingering question is what took them so long — and how their plodding 24-day search, conducted without any sense of urgency and shrouded in unnecessary secrecy, will hamper Schiano as goes about the vital business of building his coaching staff.
The Glazer Family and general manager Mark Dominik operated as if they were in a league of their own in the days and weeks after Raheem Morris was fired Jan. 2., rather than in a competition against a handful of other clubs playing the same game.
They embarked on an “exhaustive” hunt through the ranks of recycled NFL head coaches and some promising offensive and defensive coordinators — then threw a pair of Hail Marys with the failed attempt to land Oregon’s Chip Kelly out of the blue and the unexpected connection five days later with Schiano.