Greg Schiano Wouldn’t Listen To PlayersJanuary 23rd, 2014
If one is going to fly damn near half-way around the globe, he better get a sitdown and a good story and it appears Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times did just that. Amid the tranquil conditions of Hawaii, Stroud had a fascinating chat with Bucs stud cornerback Darrelle Revis who spilled the beans on the New Schiano Order.
Revis seems to describe a coach who meant well, but went about it all wrong with hare-brained schemes and stunts and unwilling to listen to valuable imput from his own veteran players.
During a break from the Pro Bowl draft Wednesday, Revis described Schiano, whose only previous experience in the NFL came as a defensive assistant for the Bears from 1996-98, as unprepared to be a head coach due to his schemes and unwillingness to listen to his veterans. In fact, Revis said other players at the Pro Bowl described some of Schiano’s schemes, particularly on defense, as a “joke.”
“There’s a difference between being a head coach and in control of the whole team and the whole organization at the time,” Revis said. “Everybody’s got their own schemes and what they bring to the table.
“I wish he would have listened to some of the players a little bit more, especially the veterans and some of the older guys. We can go down the line like Dashon Goldson, Davin Joseph, Carl Nicks, Vincent Jackson and those type of guys and listen to them. But he was the boss, and you’ve got to fall in line.”
Revis also described Schiano as having fostered such a stressful environment around One Buc Palace, that teammates did not want to even show up at One Buc Palace. Revis said professional players will give 110 percent but if they are as tuned out as Bucs players were, because of Schiano, it’s not a shock at the result.
Per Stroud, Revis did some research with former Bears players and had some interesting insight into what Bucs players and fans can expect from Lovie Smith this year. Revis sort of reinforced what Joe had thought: Players had tried to go to Schiano, all but begging him to change certain schemes and techniques, but he was unwilling to bend, even when the house was ablaze during the 0-8 start.
Good coaches should be willing to bend and adjust. The NFL is always fluid. Not adjusting, even in the middle of a game, is just begging to get run over.
The ultimate example for Joe was when Mike Glennon engineered two scoring drives against the 49ers using a no-huddle offense, and Schiano stopped it, saying afterward the team didn’t practice the no-huddle.
To which Joe exclaimed, “Who gives a s(p)it? It was working!”