“I Think It Is Going To Bring The Team Closer”September 19th, 2013
The media circus around the Bucs has been like one of those clown cars actually seen at the circus. In the Bucs’ case, instead of a clown, a new negative rumor, sometimes transparent BS, pops out seemingly every other day.
In the age of smart phones and social media, most Bucs players are hearing and seeing all the gossip quickly, either on their own or via friends, family and teammates tipping them off.
Bucs veteran linebacker Jonathan Casillas feels the impact of the media mayhem and said yesterday he believes it could be a good thing.
“I think it is going to bring the team closer,” Casillas said. “You gotta be in it together. The worse it gets on the outside, the more we got to get tighter. You know, I believe that. I think a lot of guys do believe that in this locker room. Our goal is to get 100 percent on board. You know, I’m not sure if it’s 100 percent yet, but that’s our goal. If we can get that done by Sunday, that’ll be great.”
Joe could get all negative here and ask, ‘What the hell does Casillas mean when he says the team isn’t 100 percent on board and it would be nice if they were by Sunday?” But Joe really didn’t get a negative vibe from Casillas and, frankly, so what if a few players are bitching and moaning about the New Schiano Order. No, that’s not a good sign, but there are plenty of great head coaches whose players questioned them and/or despised them at times.
Bucs icon Derrick Brooks made a great point yesterday afternoon during his “Tampa 2″ show with Steve Duemig on WDAE-AM 620.
Brooks chuckled at fans and others who think a discipline-focused, toes-on-the-line coach is a problem. “The last two coaches I played for, it was that way, as well,” Brooks said. “This is nothing new.
“When Coach Dungy came in, he laid down his principles and you followed them. These were the marching orders. And I guess it’s the difference that I’m starting to see where the fans respond, is how [Schiano] went about doing it.
Brooks went on to say massive media exposure leaguewide has made it much harder for teams to keep their privacy and keep normal adjustments and discontent out of the spotlight.