No “Look And See”December 24th, 2013
The Bucs are marching up to New Orleans to beat the Saints on Sunday and there will be no deviation from the plan. This isn’t a preseason game, Greg Schiano explained today.
Joe asked Schiano if he might give young players extra snaps or rest any banged up veterans, or even approach the game with that possibility in mind.
“We don’t,” Schiano responded. “We’re such a young team trying to establish our culture and how we’re going to do things. We want to win the football game. When you’re involved in competitive athletics, you know, you may say, ‘well, you’re 4-11,’ well you know what, that last game sticks with you. And you gotta live with that taste the entire offseason. Our guys need to play. If you’re healthy enough to play, you should play. That’s what we do. We only get 16 games a year. That’s how I look at it. And then if you’re fortunate, you get more.
“So we get paid to play and coach 16 games a year minimum. And anybody who’s able, we’re going to do that. Looking at guys? No. When I ask the guys to lay it on the line every week, and study, you know, and take care of their bodies, and practice and play with pain, I don’t think it would be right for me then to turn around and say, ‘We’re going to do a little experimenting here.’ You know, they’re going to lay it on the line to win the game. I’m going to do everything I can to win the game with personnel.”
Schiano went on to say the 2014 preseason is his time to evaluate players in game conditions.
Later in his news conference, Schiano said of the Saints-Bucs game, “It’s our playoff game.”
Ok, Coach. Joe’s going to buy in and play along. If this is the Bucs’ playoff game, the Bucs’ do-or-die shining moment in New Orleans for a 4:25 p.m. flexed game, then Joe expects to see — win or lose – rabid intensity and the best coaching job of the season. Anything less won’t be acceptable.