Win Fast Or Run The RiskJune 25th, 2012
Greg Schiano may have a five-year contract, but that doesn’t mean he has a lot of time to turn around the Buccaneers.
The Bucs undeniably have a win-now offense chock full of talent. There’s no rebuilding going on there. And then there’s the matter of Schiano’s militant style. That might lose its positive effect if the Bucs don’t start winning quickly, so said former Bucs linebacker and current Buccaneers Radio Network analyst Ryan Nece on WDAE-AM 620 last week.
It was a sentiment that’s been expressed by others: the New Schiano Order has got the heat turned up, which runs a risk of backfiring if results don’t follow soon after.
“When you come in as a coach and you come into a situation where you are a polar opposite to the type of coach that was there before, and you bring a culture that was counter to whatever the culture there before, it’s a very hard adjustment,” Nece said. “It’s a hard adjusment for everybody … and yes, there’s going to be players that aren’t going to like it, and there’s going to be players that it’s not going to suit well because it’s hard to please everybody. And I think what he said is, ‘Hey, you’re either with me, or you’re against me.’ I remember that was a line Coach Gruden said all the time, ‘You’re either with me, or you’re against me. And if you’re against me, we can’t have you on this team.’
“But at the end of the day, all that matters is what happens on Sunday. Guys can buy in and say, ‘Hey, We like it now. This is different.’ All that’s going to matter is what happens on Sunday. If they go out there and they win, this is going to be a great adjustment, guys will buy in and they’ll believe in it. But if things start to look bad and they start losing, this makes it a much harder sale when you come in and change things this drastically as he has. It makes it harder for some of these veteran players to swallow that type of medicine.”
Joe found it interesting that Nece likened Schiano’s team-building mindset to Chucky’s. Clearly, Gruden had a doghouse, where those allegedly not in lock step would land.
Joe suspects anyone Schiano finds out of order will find the street or a new team rather than a doghouse.