Bill Belichick On Greg SchianoAugust 22nd, 2012
The Bucs and Patriots are in the middle of banging heads in a two-day joint scrimmage/practice session between the two clubs at One Buc Palace.
To start the festivities, Patriots coach Bill Belichick spoke to the two team’s combined pen and mic clubs first thing this morning.
Many of the questions dealt with Belichick’s relationship with new Bucs coach Greg Schiano. In fact, it was Belichick’s personal recommendation to Team Glazer that helped seal the deal for Schiano.
“It’s great to be here in Tampa with Coach Schiano and the Bucs. We’re here a couple of days to improve our football team. Our guys are glad to be down here and I think we will get a lot out of it.
“I have known Coach Schiano for a long time. I got to know him better since he was at Rutgers. We’d go down and scout his players and work them out. He has a good defensive background so we have a lot in common there. He has coached some of our players going back to his days at Miami. My son played for him at Rutgers and I spent more time there and being round coach. He has been to our practices and spoke to our team. We have had a good relationship and I have a lot of respect for him.
“I think this is a great opportunity for him.”
What is most important for Greg Schiano to change things around?
“It’s a big process. there isn’t one thing. there’s no magic wand. It’s pretty much everything. When I came to New England, or Cleveland for that matter, it’s the scouting department, the players, the personnel, the coaching staff, the support staff, the video, the trainers, the medical people, the equipment men, the operations, the travel department, it’s all interconnected.
“There is a program the way you want to do things. You have to do it for your own style and personnel preferences are all interconnected. It definitely takes a while to change that. It’s easier to keep it the way it was. There is a lot of work. Certainly along the way, I have made my share of mistakes and I tried to learn from them and not to repeat those. That is part of the process. When you bring in a lot of new people, some people you bring in are not going to work out; some you bring in are going to work out. Some are going to be better that you have but not ultimately where you want to be. Personnel wise, you upgrade where you can.”
Talk about recommending Schiano to the Bucs.
“All I can do is be honest. What someone else is looking for, it is what is right for them. I think the world of Greg. I think he is a good coach. He has a good personality. He treats his players well. He is smart. He’s tough. He did a great job at the Rutgers program which didn’t have some of the same opportunities as others he was going against. Yet he competes very well in that conference. I have always been impressed with the way his teams have played and competed.”
What are some of Schiano’s challenges?
“I think he is an experienced coach. He has coached a lot of players and coached a lot of games. He has coached NFL players; they were just in college, that is all. And he has coached in the NFL. He knows what he is doing.”
Is this your first visit to One Buc Place?
“I was at the old facility many times, this place looks great. Good operation, good facility. We are excited to be here. Great opportunity for our team.”