“We Didn’t Play Physically Enough”August 18th, 2012
The New Schiano Order watched film of last night’s Bucs-Titans game and came away yearning for more thump on both sides of the ball.
Greg Schiano said today that his players need to force themselves to battle through fatigue, which was a factor in the team’s questionable attention to fundamentals last night.
“We didn’t play physically enough on either side,” Schiano said. “You know, if you could say [we were physical] anywhere it would be the early part of the defense, but after that I didn’t think we played as physical as even we did the week before. So we need to get back to work and make sure that pad level and intensity and those things, and then more precise – aiming points, footwork, those kinds of things.
“Why? As a head coach you say, ‘Why is that happening?’ Some of it’s fatigue. No doubt. That’ll get better because we’ll get’em feeling better. But the execution part, you know, you gotta be able to fight through that and execute.”
That all sounds great. But this is the kind of situation that will test the mettle of the New Schiano Order. Can Schiano lead, develop and draw greatness out of a professional team?
Joe knows it will take time. However, the New Schiano Order is operating with extreme urgency, so said Ronde Barber this week.
Schiano also talked about how players need to trust their coaching, which was something former members of the 1996 Bucs have said was a theme during the early days of the Father Dungy regime. Dungyball started 1-8 before things turned around that season.
Joe’s wonders whether fans in 2012 would have less patience for a woeful start than they did in ’96.