“Coach Took Us Back Old School”December 5th, 2012
The leader of the New Schiano Order must be trying to freshen his team’s mentality and refocus them on their core duties on the field — sort of a new start for the stretch run to a potential playoff berth.
Per Gerald McCoy, speaking on the Buccaneers Radio Network tonight, Greg Schiano spent much of today’s practice engaged in his favorite pastime, fundamentals and details.
“Things went well. We got back to the basics. I think we slipped a little bit, got away from the basics and our training. So Coach took us back old school; we got after it. But it was good. It felt good,” McCoy said.
“In your individual [training] periods, you know, later in the season things start to change. You start to, not go through the motions, but you don’t pound away at the fundamentals like you do at training camp and in the spring and early on in the season. Well, today, everybody’s individual drills were just like the basics, fundamentals. You know, foot placement, hand placement, bending your knees, ankles, football fundamentals.”
Joe’s loving hearing about Schiano taking the team back to Pop Warner roots. Joe thoroughly enjoyed watching the Bucs go through all the ball security and tackling circuits — remember, Schiano taught McCoy how to tackle — and the most basic of fundamentals at all positions this spring.
And, frankly, the Bucs’ tackling was a bit sloppy the past two weeks, so this surely can’t hurt.
This also feels like a great psychological tactic by Schiano. The Bucs should beat the Eagles Sunday, fundamental drills or not. So why not take the opportunity to drill the basics and let your team believe that focus returned them to victory.