“Coach Took Us Back Old School”

December 5th, 2012

Gerald McCoy says today’s practice at One Buc Palace went in a different yet familiar direction

The leader of the New Schiano Order must be trying to freshen his team’s mentality and refocus them on their core duties on the field — sort of a new start for the stretch run to a potential playoff berth.

Per Gerald McCoy, speaking on the Buccaneers Radio Network tonight, Greg Schiano spent much of today’s practice engaged in his favorite pastime, fundamentals and details.

“Things went well. We got back to the basics. I think we slipped a little bit, got away from the basics and our training. So Coach took us back old school; we got after it. But it was good. It felt good,” McCoy said.

“In your individual [training] periods, you know, later in the season things start to change. You start to, not go through the motions, but you don’t pound away at the fundamentals like you do at training camp and in the spring and early on in the season. Well, today, everybody’s individual drills were just like the basics, fundamentals. You know, foot placement, hand placement, bending your knees, ankles, football fundamentals.”

Joe’s loving hearing about Schiano taking the team back to Pop Warner roots. Joe thoroughly enjoyed watching the Bucs go through all the ball security and tackling circuits — remember, Schiano taught McCoy how to tackle – and the most basic of fundamentals at all positions this spring.

And, frankly, the Bucs’ tackling was a bit sloppy the past two weeks, so this surely can’t hurt.

This also feels like a great psychological tactic by Schiano. The Bucs should beat the Eagles Sunday, fundamental drills or not. So why not take the opportunity to drill the basics and let your team believe that focus returned them to victory.

15 Responses to ““Coach Took Us Back Old School””

  1. Traew Says:

    I love how everyone is so sure we should beat the Eagles. We have beaten one team with a winning record, have lost 2 in a row, and have an abysmal defense. I don’t think “should beat” are words that apply to any team on our schedule.

  2. 507 Bucs fan Says:

    Goes to show you what a collosal failure Raheem Morris was as a coach.

  3. OKC_RMC Says:

    Does anybody remember Rah mentioning the same exact thing mid season? By then it was way too late, he’d already lost the team.

  4. JonBuc Says:

    I’m with Trae-Dub….no game will be easy here on out.

  5. Miguel El Magnifico Says:

    Coach Greg Schiano’s “Old School” fundamental tacking drill.

    http://www.diehardsport.com/2012/10/21/saints-joseph-morgan-scores-incredible-td-bucs/

  6. Rob Says:

    “El Idiotico”. Liked this site better when you stopped spewing your mindless rants. Get back under your rock, you fair weather fan.

  7. st augustine Says:

    is this ‘getting back to fundamentals’ common? honestly i don’t understand it. you are in the nfl making millions ~ fundamentals (imho) should be second nature like breathing. muscle memory should automatically do the motions that it has been doing years. like tim tebows throwing motion…no matter how much they tried changing it , you can’t. i don’t know. if i’m wrong please explain. thanks!

  8. Andrew Says:

    there you go again Joe. did you not learn anything from proclaiming that we should beat the panthers and then we almost lost? there are no sure wins in the NFL. its any given Sunday. I don’t care if the other team is 0-15, we must always be on top of our game or else you could get beat.

  9. Kennedy Says:

    Andrew, Joe wrote the Bucs “should” beat the Eagles. So you they should lose? ON paper, the Bucs are better. Mellow out.

  10. Fear The Glow Says:

    This whole season is “training camp” for next season. They fix this atrocious pass defense this offseason and next year they’re going to barnstorm the hell out of a lot of teams.

    Lets not be so quick to forget that this same time last year we were watching a bunch of quitters being led by a guy way over his head. Schiano has done a damn fine job with what he was given.

  11. SeanyMac in SC Says:

    Fear, your right, the team on the field this year is muuuuuuch more fun to watch than that dreadful team last year.

  12. Gus Says:

    The spurs go “back to basics” all the time. You get caught up in scheme and trying to do too much and revisiting the basics gets you back to center.

  13. Gus Says:

    Andrew trust this coach is not overlooking any team. Week by week. The bucs “should” win when you look at the matchups on paper. That doesn’t mean anything after kickoff though

  14. Pete Dutcher Says:

    st augustine Says:
    December 6th, 2012 at 1:14 am

    is this ‘getting back to fundamentals’ common? honestly i don’t understand it. you are in the nfl making millions ~ fundamentals (imho) should be second nature like breathing. muscle memory should automatically do the motions that it has been doing years. like tim tebows throwing motion…no matter how much they tried changing it , you can’t. i don’t know. if i’m wrong please explain. thanks!

    .

    I think every team should review the basics sometime during the season…but in the case of the Bucs it is even more important. Joe mentioned the tackling but I think its more than that.

    The offensive line decimated to the point that Martin has been unable to get yardage lately is one example.

    The Bucs have a LOT of rookies right now, playing starting roles. There are also guys that have been signed off the streets as well. There are players that were not here for the fundamentals during training and mini camps.

    And personally, I’m curious how things went. For the offense the unit has had time to grow together. These are the things that develop trust between players, making them gel better.

  15. garry Says:

    Always remember where you came from…

 
 

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