Greg Schiano Talks To JoeFebruary 21st, 2013
Nearing the end of his media car wash today at the NFL Scouting Combine, Greg Schiano (after he spoke to the horde at the podium, after he was on SiriusXM NFL Radio, after he spoke to Pro Football Talk Live, after he spoke with the NFL Network, after he was interviewed by Buccaneers.com, after a West Virginia sports network spoke questioned him), gave Joe a few moments of his time for an exclusive JoeBucsFan.com one-on-one interview, albeit a short one.
JoeBucsFan: Some people think, and have written, that you are hiring a bunch of cronies; your assistants. What is your reaction to that allegation?
Greg Schiano: I think it is, you know, people need to sometimes step away from the situation and look at the end. In the end, if you don’t win, what happens? So you are going to surround yourself with people who you think can do the best job to help you win. Now often times those are people who you have experience with and that is how you know that can happen, you are not guessing that can happen. So, often, our staff, a lot of guys I had worked with and a lot of guys I hadn’t, which is fine. The guys I hadn’t worked with certainly had relationships with guys I had worked with who knew their work ethic, who knew what kind of people they are and what kind of teachers they are. And that is really how I go about it.
Joe: Ronde Barber and Dallas Clark, as you said a bit earlier, you and your staff have gone through examination of each and every player, gone through every play. How would you grade out these two veterans?
Schiano: They are both productive players. Certainly, guys that have played a lot of football in this league. When you evaluate a player there are always some good and not-so-good plays. But at the end of the day, I thought both were huge contributors to our football team in 2012 and they did a nice job.
Joe: Ronde Barber, have you had a chance to talkto him yet, any insight into what way he may be leaning, coming back for one more year or hanging up his cleats?
Schiano: No, we haven’t spoken yet, myself, Mark [Dominik] and Ronde. That was kind of the plan. Let a little time pass by and let Ronde get away from the season and see how his body feels, where his mind is and kind of let us, you know, evaluate the football team and formulate the plan for the 2013 team. That is where we are. I am sure we will speak in the very near future.
Joe: Dave Wannstedt, your new special teams coach, obviously you have a background with him in Chicago. I know you don’t like to pigeonhole guys with titles. It would seem that with the experience that Wannstedt has, it would be a waste just to have him work with special teams. Do you plan on having him work with any other area of the team in addition to special teams?
Schiano: No, I think special teams is a huge job. And I think it will take every bit of his energies and efforts but the thing you have to remember is, Dave has sat in my chair at different levels, right, in the NFL and in college. So it is great to have a guy in the building like Dave or like Butch [Davis] that have done that and bounce an idea off here or there. It is not just football stuff but, ‘Hey, what do you think the fellas will think about this?” Or “How do you think the staff will feel about that?” That is where it is valuable and again, guys who you can really trust, they don’t have any agendas or motives other than, hey, to win and to win a Super Bowl. When you can find people like that and can hire people like that, so often those guys are taken and you can’t get them. When you have an opportunity to hire people like that, I jump all over it.