Don’t Need To “Keep It So Tight”

July 3rd, 2013

When the Bucs played under Raheem Morris, things around One Buc Palace were somewhat easy-going, relaxed for the Bucs.

In some cases, that’s a good thing. For the Bucs, it proved disastrous as the heinous 2011 record demonstrated, including the final weeks of the season where the team clearly packed it in and couldn’t wait to jump on a plane after the belt-whipping administered by the Dixie Chicks to end the campaign.

In comes Greg Schiano, the polar opposite of Morris, to lay down the law, instill the New Schiano Order and hold players accountable for toeing the line.

In retrospect, Schiano said in a podcast on NFL.com, the transition from the party atmosphere under Morris wasn’t that difficult for most players (sans Sgt. Winslow).

“To tell you the truth, at that point, things had gone kind of rough and the season ended poorly for them,” Schiano said of taking over the Bucs. “Guys were looking for a change. Now, I don’t know if they were looking for that big of a change.

“As we got going guys really did a great job of buying in and working extremely hard. We had a tremendous strength coach in Jay Butler and that was the first thing they were exposed to and it was a lot different. I think one of the things that the guys saw over time was the benefits of hard work and structure and all of that stuff. That it does pay off. As they get more and more familiar, they don’t have to keep it so tight either. So it goes both ways.”

So when Schiano said earlier this spring that he was going to back off a bit on the Bucs, he really meant it. He already has his stamp on the Bucs. Players now know what to expect from him, and Schiano knows what to expect from his players.

During OTAs and minicamp, Joe noticed there was less hollering from Schiano and, as the Bucs coach even noted, there was more monitoring of assistants.

Only time will tell if Schiano needs to be more forceful or if pulling back is the right thing.

16 Responses to “Don’t Need To “Keep It So Tight””

  1. the_buc_realist Says:

    That’s what she said.

  2. Biff Barker Says:

    He’s established the pecking order and what his expectations are. No need to kick ass on a daily basis. As long as the rules are followed.
    Now, time to get to work in the coaches room on that defense.

  3. Buc'n Junkie Says:

    I think the only people who had a problem with Schiano and his discipline were the media. Last year a lot of reporters made it seem that Schiano was the next coming of the third reich. But it also seemed that most diehard fans, including myself, liked the new order and the ousting of players who seem to have a problem toeing the line. I swear, I think most reporters are liberal panty waist. Just like all the crying foul by reporters who didn’t like Schiano’s kneel down play, which turned out to be perfectly legal. This team needed the turn-around and now we are on the verge of breaking out.

  4. WestCoastBucsFan Says:

    The think “realist” has the best comment of the day.

  5. Buc'n Junkie Says:

    WCBF

    Don’t feed the trolls

  6. WestCoastBucsFan Says:

    Hey, I don’t hate just to hate. I normally don’t agree with the “realist” but I gotta give him credit for a good comment. Besides that, he managed to string together an entire sentence without saying something negative. That is what I call “progress”. We don’t want to banish the haters here, we want to convert them. Remember that.

  7. tmaxcon Says:

    nice job WCBF i too rarely agree with realist or free’s a boob but realist hit the nail on the head

  8. Buc'n Junkie Says:

    What he said, where does that even begin to make sense? Who is she?

  9. Buc1987 Says:

    Helping Buc’n Junkie here :“Don’t Need To “Keep It So Tight””= that’s what she said. That’s all I can tell ya. You have to piece together the rest. As for Schiano. I like him a lot. I have a vision about Schiano, don’t know if it will come true or not. I think Schiano is going to be a Dungy like coach. By that I mean he’s going to make the Bucs a good team. A few trips to playoffs and then they fire him. Then hire a stud to take them over the top. Who knows though. It’s not like Dungy ever had anything close to a RB like Martin, but he did have Dunn and Alstott. He also never had a receiver equal to VJ unless you count Meshawn but I don’t. AND (for the Freeman haters) Dungy never had a QB as good as Freeman. I do mean as a Bucs coach too Manning does’nt count. Actually Dungy never really did have that much talent on the offensive side of the ball. Seems to me this Buc team is pretty balanced out with talent on both sides. Sorry for all these long written posts. I do like to ramble. Especially when it comes to my team. Like Joe I eat, sleep, and breath Bucs football. Drives the wife nuts, but meh. Happy 4th Bucs brethren!

  10. Mike J Says:

    As a matter of basic group psychology, it is much easier & more effective to begin a regime hardline, & then back off, than vice-versa. For evidence in the NFL, look to Tom Coughlin.

  11. Buc1987 Says:

    Helping Buc’n Junkie here :“Don’t Need To “Keep It So Tight””= that’s what she said. That’s all I can tell ya. You have to piece together the rest. As for Schiano. I like him a lot. I have a vision about Schiano, don’t know if it will come true or not. I think Schiano is going to be a Dungy like coach. By that I mean he’s going to make the Bucs a good team. A few trips to playoffs and then they fire him. Then hire a stud to take them over the top. Who knows though. It’s not like Dungy ever had anything close to a RB like Martin, but he did have Dunn and Alstott. He also never had a receiver equal to VJ unless you count Meshawn but I don’t. AND (for the Freeman haters) Dungy never had a QB as good as Freeman. I do mean as a Bucs coach too Manning does’nt count. Actually Dungy never really did have that much talent on the offensive side of the ball. Seems to me this Buc team is pretty balanced out with talent on both sides. Sorry for all these long written posts. I do like to ramble. Especially when it comes to my team. Like Joe I eat, sleep, and breath Bucs football.

  12. Buc1987 Says:

    I can’t post comments it won’t work…..3rd try. Here goes.

  13. Buc1987 Says:

    Helping Buc’n Junkie here :“Don’t Need To “Keep It So Tight””- that’s what she said. That’s all I can tell ya. You have to piece together the rest. As for Schiano. I like him a lot. I have a vision about Schiano, don’t know if it will come true or not. I think Schiano is going to be a Dungy like coach. By that I mean he’s going to make the Bucs a good team. A few trips to playoffs and then they fire him. Then hire a stud to take them over the top. Who knows though. It’s not like Dungy ever had anything close to a RB like Martin, but he did have Dunn and Alstott. He also never had a receiver equal to VJ unless you count Meshawn but I don’t. AND (for the Freeman haters) Dungy never had a QB as good as Freeman. I do mean as a Bucs coach too Manning does’nt count. Actually Dungy never really did have that much talent on the offensive side of the ball. Seems to me this Buc team is pretty balanced out with talent on both sides.

  14. Buc1987 Says:

    There we go…it posted. Ha must be a word limit? Sorry for all my long written posts, but like Joe I eat, sleep, and breath Bucs football. Baseball has no salary cap, therefore making it unfair (and I’m a die hard Red Sox fan). <~~Don't hate me. Basketball has waaaay too much traveling that never gets called nowadays, just watch Lebron. So all I have is my Bucs.

  15. scubog Says:

    Funny Buc Realist. Not original, but nice to see you have a sense of humor. Might the comment on the title “Don’t need to keep it so tight” be more appropriate for a girl to reply, “that’s what he said” when trying to wrap things up and make his exit?

  16. Buc'n Junkie Says:

    OK, now I get it. Thanks Buc1987

 
 

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