Schiano Feeling “The Swarm”August 7th, 2012
There will be no loafing under the New Schiano Order. (And hopefully fans won’t feel like a pinched loaf after watching Bucs games.)
Greg Schiano watched tape of the 2011 Bucs and saw unacceptable pursuit to the football. But so far, Schiano said, the swarm has returned to the Bucs’ defense.
Schiano was hit with tough questions by former Bucs guard Ian Beckles after practice today on WDAE-AM 620, and one was on why this Bucs defense will be better than the horrendous 2011 version.
“I think we’re smarwing the football considerably better than what I watched on tape in the last eight weeks [last season],” Schiano said. “Not that there weren’t guys that were swarming, but I’m talking collectively as a unit. We are very, very aware and cognizant of that. And we make them very, very aware of it to the point where when we don’t do it the right way, there’s consequence. And, you know, we study that every practice tape. That’s the first thing. We have separate people that go study that because I don’t think there’s any substitute in defensive football for swarm. And, you know, that’s everything I’ve ever learned about the game defensively. That’s got to be the No. 1 thing we preach.”
Joe enjoyed Schiano’s line about “separate people” whose job is to spot practice loafers. Joe wouldn’t mind a job like that.
Joe definitely recommends the entire interview below. Schiano gets peppered with Gerald McCoy questions and explains McCoy’s potential but says he wants to evaluate McCoy in a game.