“In Many Ways Similar To Coach Coughlin”May 27th, 2012
Bucs offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan worked the last eight seasons with the Giants under notoriously militant head coach Tom Coughlin.
So it’s safe to assume Sullivan has a world of respect for Coughlin and knows how he operates.
Interestingly, without being asked to compare, Sullivan likened Greg Schiano, leader of the New Schiano Order, to his former boss during an interview yesterday on SiriusXM NFL Radio.
“Coach Schiano is in many ways similar to Coach Coughlin, from the standpoint of very, very organized and detailed and things like discipline and structure and organization being at a premium,” Sullivan said. “I think he’s very bright. And I think he’s someone that has brought a concept of family.
“You know everyone can say that word [family]. They can throw it around, they can be cliched, we all know there’s certainly the business side that goes along the lines with the NFL. But the thought that while we’re there, while we’re in the building, every member of that football team, all the coaches, having that type of common bond and that mindset, I think that there’s an amount of passion that he brings to the table that will make sure we’re do things the right way, in terms of how he wants it done and yet be open to feedback and suggestion on what’s the best possible way to get things done.
“I think what a lot of folks can expect is just to see a team that’s going to be very disciplined and that’s going to be really focused on the type of preparation it takes to be at their best. And use the elements and use the heat to our advantage.”
A former Army Ranger, Army coach and Army defensive back, Sullivan was no stranger to discipline before he reached Coughlin’s staff. And now he sees the same level of order with the Bucs.
Of course, nobody knows whether discipline will equal wins (and nobody knows if Sullivan can call plays), but Joe suspects the Bucs will at least stop the bleeding on heinous 10 game losing streak and look like a football team again. Wouldn’t that be nice?