“Coach Schiano, That’s A Tough Son Of A Bitch”November 18th, 2013
“I don’t think it could have got any worse for [Coach Schiano.] But the guy stuck with it, stayed with what he believed in. And now it’s finally paying off. It was tough for a while, new quarterback, you know what I mean, the whole Josh Freeman thing. Doug [Martin] gets hurt. All these things. And people are ready to can us. And Coach Schiano was like, ‘Sh*t. Fu*k that. Keep your pads on and we’ll keep on working.’ And you finally get the sense to where it’s like guys believe in him. You know what I mean; we’re becoming closer. It’s the first time I can actually really say that we’re a family now. I mean, it’s some tough times. All that stuff could have like broken us up and we could have been just getting blown out and not fighting and all that sh*t. But Coach Schiano, that’s a tough son of a bitch.
“Because it’s such a business, it’s so hard to say “family” in the NFL. Dude’s been preaching it since he walked through the door. And sometimes you don’t really know where they’re coming from when they say that, and you blow it off the first time or the second time and you don’t really know where they’re coming from. ‘Family, family, family, family.’ But it makes sense now. I can really say now that we’re like a family. Guys trust him. Guys believe in him. All he’s been saying has been coming true about just keeping your head down and working. Because it couldn’t have gotten any more negative at One Buc. It’s the worst it’s ever been, and I’ve been here for eight seasons. It was the worst it’s ever been. The dude is tough, man.” Davin Joseph, following the Bucs win against Atlanta yesterday.
This was heartfelt stuff from Joseph. It’s not possible for Joe to convey the seriousness with which Joseph delivered these words.
None of this makes Schiano a good gameday NFL coach. He’s got much prove there, but there is no question the Bucs are a united and motivated team. Joe’s very eager to see how these final six games, against tough competition, play out.