Greg Schiano Addresses The MediaJanuary 27th, 2012
The Bucs’ new head coach, Greg Schiano, took the podium at One Buc Palace this afternoon and talked about his philosophy and fielded questions from a gallery of media.
Here are the highlights:
*Schiano said Mark Dominik “was a huge reason I felt comfortable this was the place.” He cited their comfortable communication through the interview process, hiring and post-hiring processes.
*On why he bonded with Team Glazer and Dominik: “I learned how important family is to them. No. 2, I learned how committed they are to be the very best. That’s me.”
*Schiano said, “Our team will be built around a humble unselfish attitude of sacrifice. It’s hard to find that in today’s world. …That’s who we’ll be. … [Our staff] will collectively teach, as a staff there will be one common message.”
*So what are the new core beliefs?: Trust. Belief. Accountability.
*Schiano clearly is skilled at dodging direct answers to direct questions. Joe has no problem with that. Raheem Morris was one of a kind in his open style. Schiano clearly didn’t want to name names of Buccaneers that impressed him.
*”There is going to be a Buccaneer way. You gotta believe in that, or this isn’t the place,” Schiano said.
*What will the new Buccaneers look like, Coach? “Great defense, win the special teams battle, and be a physical offensive football team that takes shots down the field.”
*Schiano said multiple times that he’s impressed by the Bucs’ “young and talented core” of players, from his own observations and from those of his contacts in the NFL.
*”I understand we gotta reconnect with our fan base,” Schiano said. He said he knows the Bucs have to “earn their trust.”
*Schiano said he “grew up in the coaching system of Joe Paterno. That’s where I really cut my teeth.” The Paterno way instilled in him is about efficiency, and he’s all about efficiency. “Time is our enemy,” Schiano said, referencing a common refrain of Paterno.
*The Bucs’ new head coach loves “competition. ” That’s what makes everybody rise to the top,” Schiano said. “We’re going to compete in every drill.
*Schiano said he’s not concerned about where his assistants come from — NFL or college. He’ll be hiring “great teachers and great communicators. The key is hiring the right people. Whatever gets the desired result, I’m not that concerned [where they come from.]”