When Will The Media Turn On Greg Schiano?May 26th, 2012
The headline above essentially is a question Justin “The Commish” Pawlowski pondered during his afternoon show on WQYK-AM 1010 yesterday. So Joe thought he’d take a moment to answer it.
For Joe, many in the media already have begun turning on Schiano, or at least are setting the stage for how they’ll turn on him.
Take Tom Jones’ recent column about Schiano in the Tampa Bay Times. He’s tossing around adjectives like “neurotic” and “dogmatic” when describing the head coach. Jones is concerned that Schiano isn’t equipped to manage professional players and that players will turn on him because he has no “pedigree.”
Former Buccaneer Ian Beckles, whose morning show on WDAE-AM 620 comes on after Jones’ new slot, (setting up as a daily beat-down of the Bucs) has been vocal that Schiano’s act is unlikely to play with veterans and he won’t be able to handle them long term if he doesn’t adjust. That’s a bad combination, says Beckles, because Schiano soon will realize he needs veterans to win.
Popcorn-munching, coffee-slurping, fried-chicken-eating, oatmeal-loving, circle-jerking, beer-chugging Peter King of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports fame, joined in the action Tuesday calling Schiano a “control freak,” seemingly reaching big time by referencing an anonymous Rutgers source that claimed Schiano was once fixated on thermostat settings in meetings.
Keep in mind these three examples were all churned out this week.
None of this surprises Joe, and Joe expects Schiano to feel extreme heat early and often this season if the Bucs aren’t winning.
The fact is the NFL wants every detail and opinion overblown and under a microscope. That drives interest and passion and ratings, which leads to media and fans turning on coaches and players far earlier than they did 10 or 15 years ago. Just look at NFL.com, which takes on a more TMZ feel every day.
Everybody loves a good coaching “hot seat” breakdown, and it’s only a matter of time before a coach appears on those lists before he even coaches a game. Especially a guy like Schiano, who has a lot of talent at his disposal and doesn’t have the greatest college record on his resume.