Schiano Sorry If “Laughingstock” Line OffendedOctober 7th, 2013
Last week, Greg Schiano and rockstar general manager Mark Dominik sat down with Buccaneers suiteholders and talked about the state of the franchise.
Joe saw the unauthorized video on YouTube, and Joe heard Greg Schiano emphasize to fans that the Tampa Bay franchise was the “laughingstock” of the NFL in the weeks before Schiano was hired. It was a very brazen moment for the head coach considering Dominik was sitting right next to him — and Dominik was the man in charge during the “laughingstock” era.
“… A situation that, quite frankly, nationally the Buccaneers were the laughingstock of the National Football League. Not bad. Laughingstock,” Schiano said to Bucs suiteholders. “That’s why I was hired. If it wasn’t that situation, I don’t get hired.”
Today, Schiano oddly backed off the “laughingstock” line saying he was somewhat taken out of context because he was answering a question that related to his strict discipline.
“Sometimes you say things in context. That statement was really about kind of about the discipline and the issues that were going on; it wasn’t the on-field football. And I apologize if I offended anybody with that. Because that was certainly not the purpose,” Schiano said. “That was our suiteholders and the question was in reference to some of the discipline and some of the things. As I’ve shared with you guys, I had to be a little over the top because it was the adjustment to how far the other way things had gotten. So that’s really what I meant, but taken out of context I could see certainly how it would be offensive. And it certainly wasn’t meant to be that in any way.”
The regrettable “laughingstock” line is yet another undisciplined happening connected to a head coach who tells the world he takes details and discipline so seriously. The irony is extraordinary.
Joe really thought Schiano should have apologized directly today rather than the dance-around apology he issued. Joe’s very confident there were loads of people connected to the Bucs 22 months ago who didn’t appreciate the new head coach passionately emphasizing that the organization was the joke of the NFL. A sweeping one-liner like that reflects poorly on ownership all the way down to the group ticket salesperson.