Greg Schiano says Ohio State's D-line more talented than NFL lines he coached

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<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/ncaaf/players/225828/" data-ylk="slk:Tyquan Lewis">Tyquan Lewis</a>, right, led Ohio State in sacks in 2016. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Tyquan Lewis, right, led Ohio State in sacks in 2016. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Greg Schiano has been around a lot of talented defenses.

He was an assistant on great Penn State and Miami teams before building Rutgers into a consistent winner as a head coach. Schiano also coached in the NFL with the Chicago Bears as an assistant and as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Bucs in 2012 and 2013.

But the level of talent on the Ohio State defense he currently coaches is as good as he’s seen. Specifically, Schiano said the Buckeyes’ defensive line is the most talented he’s ever coached. That includes the NFL teams.

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“It is, and that’s not a joke,” Schiano told the Big Ten Network. “We had a great player in Tampa in Gerald McCoy. Tremendous player, but that was one guy. I go back to my days at Miami in ’99 and 2000. This is clearly a better group than those guys. And that’s saying something.”

Schiano coached an undefeated Penn State team and was the coordinator for the 2000 Miami squad that just missed out on a national championship game appearance, so that is some really, really high praise. And to include a Bucs defense that included McCoy and other solid pros like Michael Bennett, Adrian Clayborn and William Gholston? That’s pretty high praise.

And when you look at the makeup of this OSU group, it’s not hard to see what he means. With guys like Tyquan Lewis, Sam Hubbard, Jalyn Holmes, Nick Bosa, Dre’Mont Jones, Tracy Sprinkle, and Michael Hill around, it’s easy to see why. Oh, and don’t forget five-star true freshman Chase Young, who Schiano mentioned specifically to BTN.

Could there be some recency bias here from Schiano? Sure. But the fact that he was willing to go out on a limb like that should mean nightmares for Big Ten offensive line coaches.

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