Josh McCown Is No Schiano Man

April 23rd, 2014
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Bucs QB Josh McCown likes his teammates to “make plays.” This term irked Greg Schiano.

Joe almost feels for Bucs starting quarterback Josh McCown. The guy is just about talked out. He has done countless interviews, both locally and nationally, discussing the Bucs offense, despite the fact he really can’t talk about the offense, under orders from the Bucs, of course.

There is very little McCown can say until he has a few more practices under his belt. But one thing he did say today at One Buc Palace was, in so many words, McCown wouldn’t have been a Schiano Man.

Former Bucs commander Greg Schiano had a pet peeve when players or members of the fourth estate talked about “making plays.” He felt that mentality was irresponsible. That people “making plays” means they weren’t doing their job; they were trying to do too much, thus, being undisciplined.

It is apparent McCown doesn’t share that philosophy. McCown noted that some Bucs receivers not named Vincent Jackson would be solid additions to the roster because of their ability to do what rubbed Schiano the wrong way.

“We have some good players,” McCown said about the Bucs offense. “As a quarterback, that is all you can ask for is guys around you to make plays. For us, whether it is Doug [Martin] or Bobby [Rainey] or with Vincent [Jackson] on the outside and Tim Wright and there some guys who made plays in the NFL and have for a long time. So I absolutely like the guys in the huddle.”

This would have driven Schiano nuts and Joe suspects many of the new faces on the offense would never have found their way to One Buc Palace had Schiano still been here.

While Joe gets what Schiano meant when he grew flustered over players “making plays,” if a player only tries to do the ordinary, that’s probably what that player will be, and so to his team.

26 Responses to “Josh McCown Is No Schiano Man”

  1. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    “Making plays”. Let’s define it for discussion sake. Does it mean making the expected block, catch, run or tackle, or does it mean “making something out of nothing” plays. These kind of play are why Joe loves Johnny Football.

    The truly gifted player is the one who can “make a play” when there is nothing available and the play that was called is a bust. I’ll take those kind of players!!!

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Designed plays often don’t play out as planned…..by “making plays” good players improvise when this happens and make something happen.
    I believe this is part of the reason we were 32nd offensively last year and in particular I think it affected Glennon….if something designed wasn’t there….he just threw it away or ate the ball and was sacked. Schiano’s influenced him negatively.
    I think in the case of Johnny Football….there might be a bit too much improvisation.

  3. Keirster Says:

    Great article! informative and opinion free 😉

  4. Theodore Says:

    I agree with Schiano. The offensive always knows exactly what the defense will do, and vice versa. So no need for players to make plays.

  5. duthty rhothdes Says:

    Greatest run in Super Bowl history by Marcus Allen wasn’t designed…..the former bucs HC is a dimwit and will be a great film guy up in new england

  6. bucbucbuc Says:

    Joe, BSPN’s fourth top story on their front page is about Manziel being on the Buc’s short list, I’m sure that’s got you pumped

  7. bucrightoff Says:

    bucbucbuc Says:
    April 23rd, 2014 at 2:45 pm
    Joe, BSPN’s fourth top story on their front page is about Manziel being on the Buc’s short list, I’m sure that’s got you pumped

    Yeah no it’s actually crushing to Joe. Joe is not stupid, he knows an obvious smoke screen when he see’s one. This being an extremely obvious smoke screen.

  8. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    “Yeah no it’s actually crushing to Joe. Joe is not stupid, he knows an obvious smoke screen when he see’s one. This being an extremely obvious smoke screen.”

    Joe…..could be reverse psychology tactic…..putting out an “obvious” smokescreen….when in reality…you actually want the player……SLY!!!

  9. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    Doing your job makes you average. Going above and beyond makes you above average. Doing that consistently makes you great. What kind of team do we want? One that just does its job? Or one that excels, and does so consistently? After Raheem and Schiano I think we all know the answer to that.

  10. Piratic Says:

    Everything about Schiano screams insecurity. I’ve encountered this personality type many, many, many times. These people believe that nothing good will come of anything that doesn’t originate from them. Good riddance! I’m already well on my way to forgetting the last 5 years, and especially the last 2.

  11. biff barker Says:

    What drove Schiano nuts was players not doing their job and blowing their assignment.

    Didn’t Lovie shout out “don’t guess” just yesterday to the CB group?

    No, Schiano’s biggest problem was his inability to adapt to his players strengths because he was a slave to the system and the process.

  12. Dave Says:

    WOW. I kow Schiao is a discipine guy and the BUCS needed that to a degree, but you need to know how to reign it in there Greggy. Hell, Coughlin did. Not liking the term “making plays” seems ridiculous to me. That is ALL I want WRs and DBs to do.

  13. buccanAy Says:

    McCown has never, in his 13 yr career, thrown for more yards or td’s in a season as Glennon did in 13 games as a rookie. FWIW

  14. pick6 Says:

    hmmmm….i’m not sure peyton manning “makes plays” by that definition. there is little to no improvisation in that man’s game and he is not a guy who counts on his teammates to do extraordinary things to get points on a given drive. both he and the guys he delivers the ball to are doing exactly what they agreed to do before the snap on almost every play.

  15. PRBucFan Says:

    lol He will this season, trust me.

    In 5 games 11 tds to Glennon’s 19 tds in 13 games?

  16. buccanAy Says:

    it took him 14 years to even register on the stat sheet…that’s a pretty good sample size.

  17. Piratic Says:

    @biff barker: Schiano’s “inability to adapt to his players strengths because he was a slave to the system and the process.” is because (imo) that while at Rutgers, he had mediocre players. Mediocre players NEED to be pushed to their limit, as they (typically) don’t have the ability to push themselves to be good, much less great.

    Schiano’s downfall (again, imo) was brought about by not knowing how to treat people with respect. No matter what one does in life, knowing how to effectively communicate is essential. Especially when one is in a position of superiority. People who believe that their way is the only correct way tend to struggle with relationships, whether they be personal or professional. Again, these are typical signs of an insecure personality.

    With regard to “blown assignments”: Many of the assignments that the players were given were among the worst in recent memory. Joe has harped on this many times, but I can still vividly recall first seeing #94 in pass coverage and hoping that it wouldn’t become a trend. Sure enough, time and time again, the guy who came into the league as a bull rusher was seen stumbling about while trying to learn how to cover a guy 80 pounds lighter and twice as fast as he is. smdh.

  18. Kevin Says:

    MAKE PLAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BIG PLAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MAKE EM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. PRBucFan Says:

    Point is LAST YEAR in 5 games he did that.

    Plenty of players picked up the game later on in their years.

    It’s not like McCown has been a starter for 13 years and couldn’t match the output.

  20. William Says:

    McCown is taking Glennon to school…IMO

    I’m so glad Lovie is here.

    Connor shaw is coming to Tampa.

  21. BigMacAttack Says:

    Do you even toes on the line bro?

  22. mpmalloy Says:

    “Making plays”

    Is that anything like “pulling in college”
    and the ability to “pull” in general?


    Mike Evans pulled more in college than Manziel.

  23. Buc1987 Says:

    “Doug [Martin] or Bobby [Rainey] or with Vincent [Jackson] on the outside and Tim Wright and there some guys who made plays in the NFL and have for a long time. ” -Josh McCown

    All horse shyte outside of Vincent. Rainey, Dougie and Wright have not been making plays in the NFL for a long time. Is this guy full of horse shyte?

  24. Buc1987 Says:

    William Says:

    “McCown is taking Glennon to school…IMO”

    Stay tuned to William for all the latest events from One Buc Place.

  25. PRBucFan Says:


    Expect more crap?

  26. MTM Says:

    Schiano is the definition of meat head!

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