Biting The FootballMay 7th, 2012
In the New Schiano Order that has encompassed One Buc Palace since Greg Schiano took over the floundering Bucs, Schiano has made no secrets that turnovers on offense simply will not be tolerated.
How much is Schiano a stickler about this? First round draft pick Doug Martin noted Friday at the Bucs rookie mini-camp that the number of touches he gets is directly tied to how he hangs on to the football.
Sure, it’s easy for anyone to say, ‘Don’t turn the ball over.’ Any drunk in a bar like Joe could say that. But Schiano, given the fact he’s also a stickler for fundamentals, takes it a step further.
Schiano taught the Bucs running backs a new trick to help them hang on to the football: Bite the football.
“Ball security is a big thing with the coach,” Martin said Friday. “He makes sure that you are finishing through the line with the ball high and tight. So high and tight that you can bite it.”
It’s amazing the amount of attention to detail Schiano has brought to the Bucs in just a handful of short weeks. As Joe learned himself many moons ago on the football field: If you take care of the little things first, the big things will take care of themselves.