Will Bucs Move To One Voice?February 1st, 2012
As Joe sniffs around the country learning more about Greg Schiano, it’s become clear that the 2012 Buccaneers are going to become a much more tight-lipped, Patriots-like bunch.
Schiano likes the whole one voice/one message thing, ala Bill Belichick. Another Schiano way that puts him in the anti-Raheem category.
Dan Bickley’s column in the Arizone Republic today looked at some of that as it relates to the Patriots.
Yet it’s a shame that a lovable goof such as Gronkowski must be muzzled by his franchise, a place where free speech is frowned upon, where the head coach wants automatons speaking in benign cliches.
Remember when Belichick benched Wes Welker for poking fun at Rex Ryan’s appearance in a foot-fetish video? That sort of thing happened this season, when a picture of Gronkowski and a Scottsdale-based porn star circulated across the Internet, the one in which she was proudly wearing his Patriots jersey.
Ever since, Gronkowski hears Belichick’s voice chirping in his head, telling him to shut up.
But sometimes he slips. Such as when a reporter asked how he felt about having the most discussed body part in Indianapolis.
“What parts are we talking about?” he said, slyly.
And then Maria Menounos of “Extra” told him about a wager she made on television, and how she must wear a Giants bikini if the Patriots fail.
“At least there’s a positive if we lose,” he said, smiling from ear to ear.
Let’s hope Belichick doesn’t hear about that one. Or maybe Gronkowski will miss the Super Bowl, after all. On account of being benched.
Joe has no problem with a coach that wants to change the free-talking, free-wheeling culture of Raheem Morris, and one who wants the real talking done on the field. Joe’s just wondering how much fun that’ll be next season if the Bucs are still looking up at the Panthers, Saints and Falcons.