Bucs Not Working Hard Enough?December 28th, 2012
There was a candid moment for Greg Schiano today at his afternoon news conference. The leader of the New Schiano Order was asked whether he thought his team was tired, and the head coach opened up,
“I don’t think they’re a tired football team,” Schiano said. “I think the number of reps we do are very, very selective. You know, I don’t know if there’s an NFL team that’s doing less. Maybe I got to examine that?
“I do think we utilize walk-through and jog-through as a substitute for live repetitions to try to save their legs. Some of the things we do, you know, on Fridays, where we’re running with hats on, not even helmets so that no one will get physical. You know I think we’ve made every attempt to keep our guys fresh because I do know that is the key when you have talented guys over a long period of time that are, you know, some of them are older. So I don’t feel that. But, you know, when you lose, and you don’t have that emotion because you’ve lost and you’ve lost, that makes people emotionally tired. And when you’re winning, as we were for five weeks straight, it emotionally energizes you. So I don’t think it’s a physical thing. I think that’s been really scrutinized.”
Schiano went on to praise his captains for valuable feedback on the team’s physical/emotional condition, and Schiano said he’s typically “erred” on the side of not pushing players hard as the season has pressed on.
Clearly, like any obsessed, detail guy, Schiano is struggling to figure out what he could have done better to avoid the Bucs’ freefall. Remember, it was Schiano who said, “I know what to do” immediately after the New Orleans blowout, yet the Bucs didn’t respond against the Rams on Sunday.
The Bucs must look like winners this final Sunday in Atlanta. Joe really wants to see Schiano overcome the demons that have infected the Bucs. There’s just no way to put a positive spin on a six-game losing streak on top of a five-game winning streak.