Schiano Issues New Dress-Code EdictAugust 12th, 2012
The various sizes, colors and quaility of sport coats on hangers across the Bucs’ locker room Friday night made the place look more like a Men’s Warehouse clearance sale than a postgame hangout.
It was yet another new detail on display under the New Schiano Order. When you travel on the road, you look like you’re on a serious business trip. Coaches, players, everyone.
For years, Bucs icon Ronde Barber arguably was the sharpest dressed Buccaneer. And Barber now appreciates that he’ll have more company when it comes to off-field style and professionalism.
“Coach Schiano wants us to present ourselves in a first-class manner,” Barber said. “This is it. A lot of guys have done it already, but it’s nice to have solidarity across the team doing it.
“We’re coming to every away game dressing [professionally]. It’s to really come on a mission. So it’s more a business trip than anything else.”
As for home games, Barber said, “I haven’t heard our policy on that yet.”
Davin Joseph laughed when Joe asked him about the fancy threads. This kind of rule wasn’t in place under Raheem Morris.
“It’s a good change,” Joseph said. “It’s a positive change for the entire team. It’s every time we travel. Every time, all the time [we're out],” Joseph said. “
Do you have to wear the shiny black shoes, Davin?
“No. You can pick your color. Nobody’s gone too extravagant yet, but I’m sure it’s to come,” Joseph said.
A veteran Buccaneer, who requested his name not be published, told Joe he suspects there will be more uniformity to the Bucs’ dress code when the final roster is in place: “It wouldn’t have been fair to tell guys struggling to get their first NFL paycheck to go out and buy a suit, but that’s probably going to change for the regular season.”