Schiano Says He’ll Treat Bucs Like “Grown Men”February 22nd, 2013
“Toes on the line!”
Whether it was the temperature in meeting rooms, hotel room thermostats, pasta noodles, or water-bottle protocol, and more, the New Schiano Order seemed to have a rule for it last year. Greg Schiano was all over every last nuance. (Though Joe is still amazed it was within team rules to have Adam Hayward shove Bryan Cox on the sidelines and not get seriously punished.)
But things are going to loosen up a bit around One Buc Palace, so reports Bucs beat writer Woody Cummings, of The Tampa Tribune. Cummings got Schiano to explain that the ship doesn’t have to be as tight now that the head coach has established order.
“You have to go overboard one way or another to get that culture established, but I think at this point, our football team understands who I am and how our football program is going to be run,” Schiano said.
“I think that happened as the season went on last year, so we’ll change some things for this year, some of the mandatory things, things that I don’t necessarily think grown men need.”
Call Joe cynical, but Joe will believe in the changes when they happen.
Sure, Joe believes Schiano will loosen a few minor details — perhaps a choice of hot meals and Adam Sandler movies on team flights? — but Joe doesn’t expect Bucs players to notice any significant relaxation of the Schiano way. It won’t be an easy training camp by NFL standards, and Joe suspects Schiano will have higher expectations now that the program is established.