“Toes On The Line” WorksSeptember 10th, 2012
When Joe approached Aqib Talib after yesterday’s win, Joe asked Talib to put into words how yesterday’s performance in a win over the stinking Panthers would have been simply impossible last year.
Talib was forthright, “This ain’t last year.”
Joe knows what Talib meant. This year, the team has had a purpose since the moment Greg Schiano signed his name to a contract to coach the Bucs. There will be hard work involved in striving for perfection. If you are not on board, get out. If you work hard, there will be rewards.
So the New Schiano Order was born. There will be attention to detail, every little seemingly insignificant element will be done correctly, or not done at all.
This attention to detail was evident when the Bucs did not commit one penalty in the first half. Not one!
(Meanwhile, by the time the Bucs cheerleaders left the field yesterday after their halftime performance, Joe learned Kellen Winslow was flagged twice for pushing off while spinning discs at a trendy Las Vegas poolside bar.)
Schiano “had a plan and he made sure we stuck to it regardless of how we felt, regardless of what we wanted to do,” Gerald McCoy said. “Coach never let us slip. Never, ever.
“I remember once in training camp, someone didn’t have their foot on the line and coach made us start practice all over again,” Gerald McCoy said. “The fans were yelling, ‘Yeah!’ But we were hating it. But when you go out there [Sunday] you see how it pays off.”
“This ain’t last year,” Talib repeated, after he admitted he had never blocked a punt at any level of football prior to Sunday.
No, it is not. It is a New Schiano Order. While it is easy to overreact after the first game of the season, it is a promising start for the Bucs.