More Rumbles About Schiano IssuesSeptember 3rd, 2013
There’s a stink that keeps swirling around national media about Greg Schiano having locker room issues.
On NFL Network, former NFL fullback Heath Evans talked about the feedback he got from “older veterans” on the Buccaneers last season and his concern about the “college mentality” of the New Schiano Order.
In a recent, FOX Sports NFC South preview video below, former NFL linebacker Scott Fujita says his sources from the Schiano locker room have painted a picture troublesome to Bucs fans.
“Here’s my concern about the Buccaneers. I’ve talked to enough guys who have spent time in that locker room who have raised questions about the head coach,’ Fujita said. “The sense I get sometimes, is that players aren’t buying in. And if you don’t have buy-in in this league, you don’t have a shot.”
For what it’s worth, Evans and Fujita were both Saints teammates of Carl Nicks. Fujita also works alongside Ronde Barber on the new FOX Sports 1 studio.
To be fair to Schiano, it does take a new coach time to weed out players unresponsive to a new regime. However, Joe must hope that a mega-millions acquisition like Nicks or a team-first icon like Barber were not guys off the Schiano bandwagon.
Joe has no problem with not everyone liking the head coach. All that matters is the on-field performance.
With a potential shot at the playoffs alive, the Bucs didn’t show up when they got smoked 41-0 by the Saints in New Orleans last season, and the Bucs were humiliated at home by an average Rams team the following week. But Schiano did manage to get an extraordinary buy-in from his team to close the season with a victory in Atlanta. Schiano was able to right the ship to close the season.
Joe’s not concerned by these rumbles of locker room issues, though they are worth monitoring.
Also, in the FOX video below, the Bucs are ranked as the 20th best NFL team to start the season and are predicted to finish third in the NFC South. It’s a pretty common prognostication.