Toes Not Always On The LineApril 25th, 2014
Joe had been looking for a stark contrast, something obvious, that he could write about showing the difference between the New Schiano Order and the calm demeanor of new Bucs coach Lovie Smith.
Schiano will forever be famous in Bucs lore for the first time his Bucs-led team took a practice field. The stretching that always precedes practices had just begun when Schiano’s booming voice could be heard bouncing off the south exterior walls of One Buc Palace, “Toes on the line!”
It was as if the NFL met “Full Metal Jacket” and Kellen Winslow was “Private Pyle.”
Yes, players’ attitudes under Lovie have changed drastically. It’s as if they are collectively inhaling a breath of fresh air. Lovie had to actually dial down their heart rates this week because they were so excited to get on the practice fields.
Yesterday may have provided the best example for Joe to describe the difference between Schiano and Lovie. During water breaks with Schiano, the team would all but sprint to the water. Schiano demanded just about everything be done at double-time.
Not so with Lovie. When the Bucs broke for a water break yesterday, Lovie could be heard (one of the few times he could be heard) saying in so many words, “Relax, take your time.”
It sort of reminded Joe what former famous Joe commenter “Thomas 2.2” once said about Schiano’s “Toes on the line” order. Thomas was an avowed Raheem Morris hater. Thomas believed Raheem did more to destroy the sanctity and winning traditions of the Bucs more than any single man.
Said Thomas about Schiano’s military ways with the Bucs, “He has to work the Rah out of them.”
That’s what went through Joe’s mind when he heard Lovie telling his players not to rush through a water break. He has to work Schiano out of them.