Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano didn’t hesitate when asked if he thought the Buckeyes defensive line was the most talented he’s ever coached Saturday.
“It is, and that’s not a joke,” Schiano said in an interview with the Big Ten Network. “We had a great player in Tampa by the name of Gerald McCoy. But that was one guy. I go back to my days in Miami in ’99 and 2000, and this is clearly a better group than those guys. And that’s saying something.”
— Ohio State on BTN (@OhioStateOnBTN) August 5, 2017
The former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach has been in the spotlight in the past for making buzz-worthy statements, including his Baker Mayfield-Brett Favre comparison last year, but saying any college defensive line is better than an NFL defensive line is sure to draw some attention.
Schiano may actually believe Ohio State’s defensive line is better than the teams he had in Tampa in 2012 and 2013, but at the same time he also may just have in faith in this team while trying to give his players some extra confidence ahead of the 2017 season.
The Buckeyes are stacked with talent across the defensive line, with defensive ends Sam Hubbard, Nick Bosa, and Tyquan Lewis combining for 26 tackles for a loss and 16.5 sacks last season.
While Ohio State may have one of the best defensive lines in college football in 2017, they surely wouldn’t compete with Tampa’s 2012 roster, which included McCoy, Michael Bennett, and Adrian Clayborn.
“Everybody’s entitled to their opinion,” McCoy said Monday, via ESPN. “That’s his.”
The Buckeyes open their 2017 schedule on the road against Indiana on Aug. 31.