Schiano Explains And Details Player BacklashSeptember 22nd, 2013
Joe strongly recommends you read this morning’s investigative look into Greg Schiano’s relationship with his players, penned by Albert Breer of NFL.com.
Schiano opened up to Breer, who was at One Buc Palace last week attempting to get to the bottom of the reported angst in the Bucs locker room.
Breer paints a picture of Bucs players moaning about a tough training camp, and Dashon Goldson leading a players’ only meeting to not just give players perspective of his experience under hard-ass coaches in San Francisco but gather and assess potential changes to bring to Schiano.
The idea was to create an open forum, and Goldson took the complaints to Schiano. The coach addressed the team the next morning, telling the players that he would listen, but that they needed to trust that his way would lead to on-field results.
“When you come into a place and you have to change some things, you’re not looking for a whole lot of suggestions at the beginning, because first you gotta figure out who your guys are,” Schiano said when asked about the meeting. “Now, I really know who our guys are because they wouldn’t be here if they weren’t our guys. I really appreciate their feedback. But some of the pictures that have been painted … it’s not like they’re outside the door with torches, ‘We must change!’
“It’s what I ask them to do: Give me feedback if you feel there’s anything that needs to be said.” …
“I thought it was good, it was a good meeting, getting to hear guys’ opinions on certain things,” Goldson said. “We expressed that stuff, pulling together as a team. We have a lot of young guys out here, it was expressing what the expectations should be, being a professional, and at the same time, doing what’s right.”Players had been upset about the nature of Schiano’s second training camp with the Bucs, which some viewed as unrelenting, and that prompted Goldson to solicit feedback.
Even after that, some players didn’t feel like enough changed, with one saying that, “He came into the team meeting, said you guys gotta trust me, we’re in half-pads that day, then the next day, it’s back to the same thing.”
Again, Joe advises you to read the entire piece via the link above.
First, Joe can’t sympathize too much with the Bucs players. Training camp was far, far more difficult during the Bucs’ glory years under Tony Dungy and Jon Gruden, when NFL labor laws permitted two-a-day practice sessions in pads.
As for the team having captains bring concerns and changes to the head coach? Isn’t that how it’s supposed to work?
Right now, Joe sees a Bucs team playing hard that isn’t well coached. Perhaps that is, in part, a function of players tuning out coaches. Time will tell.