Don’t Need To “Keep It So Tight”July 3rd, 2013
When the Bucs played under Raheem Morris, things around One Buc Palace were somewhat easy-going, relaxed for the Bucs.
In some cases, that’s a good thing. For the Bucs, it proved disastrous as the heinous 2011 record demonstrated, including the final weeks of the season where the team clearly packed it in and couldn’t wait to jump on a plane after the belt-whipping administered by the Dixie Chicks to end the campaign.
In comes Greg Schiano, the polar opposite of Morris, to lay down the law, instill the New Schiano Order and hold players accountable for toeing the line.
In retrospect, Schiano said in a podcast on NFL.com, the transition from the party atmosphere under Morris wasn’t that difficult for most players (sans Sgt. Winslow).
“To tell you the truth, at that point, things had gone kind of rough and the season ended poorly for them,” Schiano said of taking over the Bucs. “Guys were looking for a change. Now, I don’t know if they were looking for that big of a change.
“As we got going guys really did a great job of buying in and working extremely hard. We had a tremendous strength coach in Jay Butler and that was the first thing they were exposed to and it was a lot different. I think one of the things that the guys saw over time was the benefits of hard work and structure and all of that stuff. That it does pay off. As they get more and more familiar, they don’t have to keep it so tight either. So it goes both ways.”
So when Schiano said earlier this spring that he was going to back off a bit on the Bucs, he really meant it. He already has his stamp on the Bucs. Players now know what to expect from him, and Schiano knows what to expect from his players.
During OTAs and minicamp, Joe noticed there was less hollering from Schiano and, as the Bucs coach even noted, there was more monitoring of assistants.
Only time will tell if Schiano needs to be more forceful or if pulling back is the right thing.