Schiano: “I’d Like People To Quit Complaining”October 1st, 2013
Greg Schiano went on a passionate 1 minute and 57 second monologue yesterday on his Buccaneers Radio Network show in response to a fan who told him he thinks the Bucs’ attempt to blow up an opposing team’s victory formation is a “bush league” embarrassment.
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians expressed that he’s no fan of Schiano’s closing-seconds tactics after the Bucs-Cardinals game Sunday, and it’s well documented how Tom Coughlin feels.
Interestingly, Schiano said he wants “everybody to know” that his Buccaneer Men have a choice not to dive low at opponents, among other techniques. His team is on board, Schiano claimed, and people need to “quit complaining.”
“I can say it’s misunderstood. Maybe I’m misunderstood. Who knows? But there’s a couple of things that I can tell you. No. 1, it’s an organized play. It isn’t just a mayhem of diving,” Schiano said.
“Has it worked here yet in the NFL? No. Has it worked before? Sure. It’s worked or I wouldn’t do it. You know, we’ve caused several balls to be put on the ground in the past in doing this. And there’s a technique, a series of techniques that are involved.
“But most importantly, you know, I want everybody to know, our players, I ask our players, ‘if we don’t want to do this, we don’t do it.’ I mean, that’s where I am. I’m not going to force guys. Because is there’s always a risk involved? Sure. I mean there’s always a risk involved when you’re hitting other people. And I’m talking about a risk for our players.
“But, you know, when your players believe it can give you an opportunity, now why do they believe? Because they’ve seen the video. They’ve seen the ball on the ground in a situation that that shouldn’t happen. So I think that they understand if done correctly, there’s a good opportunity. …
“When it’s a one-score opportunity, and especially a field goal opportunity and there’s time left to do it, that’s part of our beliefs. And guys can disagree with it, call it, you know, there’s no Bush league to it. You know it’s coming. And if anybody saw it, Gerald McCoy was shaking his head telling [Arizona], ‘We’re coming.’ So I mean, you know what, run the play. If there’s time on the clock, run the play. I’d like people to quit complaining, and that’s what we’re going to do, and get ready for it.”
Joe gets Schiano’s mindset, but count Joe among the fans who are no fan of the tactic. Schiano’s logic is sound, but it still doesn’t take away the queasy feeling in Joe’s stomach when the tactic is employed.