Schiano Appreciates A Good Heckle, EducationNovember 5th, 2013
There’s a couple of things to know about the leader of the New Schiano Order; he’s still maximizing every day’s 1440 minutes and he doesn’t take himself too seriously.
A caller to Greg Schiano on WDAE-AM 620 last night said he was at the Bucs-Seattle game and wanted to know what/why Schiano endured standing near the tunnel on the field watching Seattle warm-up while a Seahawks fan berated him vigorously.
Schiano explained that the Bucs finished their pregame routine and Schiano wanted to seize the precious extra time to study the nuances of Pete Carroll’s team’s pregame activities. The rabid Seahawks fan? Well, that was entertainment, Schiano said.
“There was one Seattle fan in particular, who I thought was one of the more intelligent hecklers that I’ve been around in a number of years, had some great lines. He was being very creative and then he saw that I wasn’t gettin’ frazzled; I actually started laughing,” Schiano said. “So then he enjoyed the back and forth, and at the end he wanted to know if I wanted, he had homemade brewed beer. I said, ‘Nah, I don’t think I can have one right now before the game but I appreciate the offer.’
“So I think he might have had a few, just from the tone and tenor of his comments. But, no, it’s all in good fun. You know, part of it is you can’t take yourself too seriously. I enjoyed watching Seattle, I had maybe five, seven minutes that I got to watch them warm up an see how they do things. And I had a little guy chirping in my ear, which was fine, too.”
Schiano is an interesting cat. He can be obsessed with meal temperature, room temperature and seemingly ridiculous minutiae, but he can laugh at himself and he seems to be extraordinarily focused and consistent in the face of adversity no Bucs fan could have imagined.
Joe’s not surprised the Bucs are playing hard for their head coach. But that’s also what’s so troubling about the Schiano regime.
The massing coaching staff is busting its butt, as are players, yet the results are ugly. That means the talent and/or the coaching are lacking. At 0-8, Joe has to put the majority of it on the coaching.