It’s All About TrustJune 12th, 2014
Despite the fact the New Schiano Order balloon was punctured in January, the gas from that era still permeates One Buc Palace. The memories, that is.
For players who survived the New Schiano Order and remain Buccaneers, the days of barking “Toes on the line” orders are still in their heads. Bucs running back Doug Martin even quipped, “We don’t like to talk about last year.”
Players, as noted by Gerald McCoy, enjoy their head coach Lovie Smith. “It has been a while, I can honestly say, since you have seen guys smile and have this much fun,” GMC said.
That is not to say the Bucs are not working. And that’s not to say Lovie doesn’t have standards. Woe be it to the player who has a mattress in his front yard. GMC explained the difference, other that the decibels of on-field commands. In short, it’s all about trust.
Practices are “just as tough as last year,” GMC said. “It’s just different. Completely different. We are professionals. Trust us to be.”
For players, that pretty much sums up their experiences of the New Schiano Order. It seems, coming from the players, that Schiano didn’t trust them as a group. Now whether this was Schiano’s way of weeding out the bad eggs, that could be a different story. If that was Schiano’s goal, then he may have turned off far more good players than he found malcontents.
GMC noted the ways of the past haven’t adjusted his personality one bit.
“[Schiano] didn’t change me at all,” GMC said. “You aren’t going to change me, regardless. That’s me. You are never going to see me not smile. That’s me. We were a tight-knit group last year. That’s why we got through that circus. However, this group is really tight-knit and we are having a lot of fun. I mean throughout the whole building. There is a whole different feel around the whole building.”