Audio Absolves Greg SchianoNovember 20th, 2013
OK, so Bucs commander Greg Schiano has a reputation for being a big, bad bully. Is he demanding? Sure. Is he exacting? Yes. Now Kyle Meinke of MLive.com believes Schiano needs classes in phone etiquette.
After Schiano spent roughly six minutes with the Detroit pen and mic club, what seems to be (for those not familiar with Schiano) an abrupt ending to a phone call led Meinke to type in outrage that Schiano hung up on him and the rest of the Lions press corps today.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano hung up on Detroit reporters during a teleconference Wednesday after a question about the MRSA outbreak that infected at least three players.
He answered the question, then hung up fewer than 6 minutes into the call. That’s roughly half the length of the average weekly call.
No coach has hung up during the session in years.
However, listening to the audio of the teleconference (click the orange button below), the voice of Bucs director of communications Nelson Luis can be clearly heard saying, “Time for a couple of more, guys.”
Schiano is a literal person. In his vernacular, “couple” means “two.”
Schiano answered two more questions, the final one about MRSA. Schiano spent nearly a minute on it, giving a thoughtful answer about how much he has personally learned about MRSA since the outbreak in the Bucs locker room earlier this season.
After finishing his final answer, Schiano quickly said, “Alright guys, I appreciate it, I will see you Sunday” and, yes, hung up the phone.
Now maybe this is nothing for locals because the people who cover the Bucs are used to Schiano’s ways. How he ended his teleconference today is exactly how he ends most of his press conferences (go ahead and pick one, any one, from Buccaneers.com for evidence). Luis will say, “Two more questions” and after Schiano finishes answering the final question, he’ll say, “Thanks guys” and bolt off the dais. Sometimes, Schiano will toy with the Custodian of Canton, eye-RAH! Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune, and say, “Thought you could get one under the wire, huh Ira?” then flash a big grin and walk off.
Did Schiano interrupt a potential final question as he was saying “See you Sunday?” Yes, but that assumes Schiano even heard the question as the two talked over one another. Schiano’s quick endings to press conferences happen virtually daily here in Tampa. Again, Joe suggests you watch his press conference videos on Buccaneers.com for evidence.
What Joe considers a hang-up is if he would call Rachel Watson in the small hours of the morning looking for a heavy-breathing tryst between the sheets and hears a click, yes, that’s a hang-up.
This was not a hang-up. An abrupt ending? Yes. Nothing new, not even for an NFL coach. Shoot, earlier this year in a short teleconference with Saints coach Sean Payton, the Saints leader was clearly bored and at one point, Bill Parcells-like, blurted, “I’ve only got time for one more, I’ve got to get going.”
And that was that. To hear the audio of Schiano’s teleconference (courtesy of the Buccaneers), click the orange button below .