Schiano Relaxes “Mandatory” Eating RuleMay 24th, 2013
Boy, that Greg Schiano really knows how to loosen the belt — at least for those who aren’t too fat.
The folklore surrounding the micromanaging of the New Schiano Order is legendary, from limiting hot food, to obsessing about room and airplane temperature, movie titles, pasta noodles and more. But Schiano is easing up a little. Certain Bucs players no longer will be force-fed, so Schiano explained to the dean of Tampa Bay sports radio, Steve Duemig, on WDAE-AM 620 last night.
Greg Schiano: One of the things that I’ve always done with every team I’ve been head coach of is I do an extensive survey with our players. And I got a ton of great feedback, and we’ve started to implement some of those changes. You know, I don’t agree with them all, obviously, some of them are half-baked. But there’s a lot of them that are really good suggestions. …
Steve Duemig: What was one that jumped out off the page of the players’ requests. Taco Tuesdays?
Schiano: Not far from it. (laughing) Not far from it. You know, some of things, like the guys who were consistently making their weight, why should they have to have mandatory meals? They’re grown men. And I agree with them. You know, but it’s just something that you don’t think about and they didn’t share with me. But one of the things that helped last season is I would meet with our captains every Friday morning, and what a great thing that was. They would keep me abreast of what kinda the feeling was in the locker room. We made adjustments as we went. So I think that helped. And then the surveys and being able to gather that information was real, real helpful.
Joe gets a real laugh out of the obsessiveness of the New Schiano Order. As long the players buy in, which they seem to do, and Schiano remains honest and communicative with them within the regime, then Joe doesn’t have any problem with the discipline.
Schiano will be viewed as a controlling loser if the Bucs don’t win, and he’ll be a 21st-century, old-school genius if the Bucs are winners. So he might as well do it his way.