Will Bucs Move To One Voice?

February 1st, 2012

As Joe sniffs around the country learning more about Greg Schiano, it’s become clear that the 2012 Buccaneers are going to become a much more tight-lipped, Patriots-like bunch.

Schiano likes the whole one voice/one message thing, ala Bill Belichick. Another Schiano way that puts him in the anti-Raheem category.

Dan Bickley’s column in the Arizone Republic today looked at some of that as it relates to the Patriots.

Yet it’s a shame that a lovable goof such as Gronkowski must be muzzled by his franchise, a place where free speech is frowned upon, where the head coach wants automatons speaking in benign cliches.

Remember when Belichick benched Wes Welker for poking fun at Rex Ryan’s appearance in a foot-fetish video? That sort of thing happened this season, when a picture of Gronkowski and a Scottsdale-based porn star circulated across the Internet, the one in which she was proudly wearing his Patriots jersey.

Ever since, Gronkowski hears Belichick’s voice chirping in his head, telling him to shut up.

But sometimes he slips. Such as when a reporter asked how he felt about having the most discussed body part in Indianapolis.

“What parts are we talking about?” he said, slyly.

And then Maria Menounos of “Extra” told him about a wager she made on television, and how she must wear a Giants bikini if the Patriots fail.

“At least there’s a positive if we lose,” he said, smiling from ear to ear.

Let’s hope Belichick doesn’t hear about that one. Or maybe Gronkowski will miss the Super Bowl, after all. On account of being benched.

Joe has no problem with a coach that wants to change the free-talking, free-wheeling culture of Raheem Morris, and one who wants the real talking done on the field. Joe’s just wondering how much fun that’ll be next season if the Bucs are still looking up at the Panthers, Saints and Falcons.

11 Responses to “Will Bucs Move To One Voice?”

  1. Brown Bag Crumpled Up, Baby! Says:

    There were too many radio shows under Dungy, then Gruden, then Rah. I like the idea of a coach saying, shut up and perform.

    Fans want input, but we don’t need a bunch of T. Ocho’s.

  2. thibs5599 Says:

    We will not have to worry about Gerald McCoy tweets or stupid comments anymore.

  3. Brown Bag Crumpled Up, Baby! Says:

    I just wish we could lose that goofy-azzed over-grim photo he posted.

  4. raphael Says:

    rome wasn’t built in a day,
    now just shut up and play…

  5. BKNYfootballhead Says:

    …”Scottsdale-based porn star”…Wow, Joe. You could just say Bibi Jones and not pretend you don’t know more about her than we already know you do.

  6. stevek Says:

    I really hope Coach Schiano isn’t afraid to let these guys get an ear full.

    Really looking forward to the sideline cam after Talib misses a tackle, no more excuses from the HC position.

  7. FlBoy84 Says:

    Gronkowski does have a point though, especially if that bikini is made by the same folks who made the black one. Gotta love Google.

  8. FlBoy84 Says:

    In regards to the basis of the article, agree with most everyone else. Though it’s a lot less to work with for the local journalist, would much prefer a team that just shuts up and plays solid football. ESPN, among others, is a big reason behind these look/listen to me players as well. They’ve turned National Signing Day into the NFL Draft for 18 y.o kids. Sad to see.

  9. Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    I am a 57 year old Man, not young, rich, and handsome like Wes Welker.
    I think Michelle Ryan is a great looking woman with nice legs. I can’t say I blame Rex Ryan for his infatuation with her.

  10. Josh Says:

    Last season after each loss there was Raheem telling the media what they were planning to do for the next game. Complete with how he was going to rotate the D-line and all. I really hope this year they let the game speak for itself with just a few sound bites for color.
    There were some serious wacky things going on with injuries too with Benn, Blount, Stocker, Freeman. I just got this feeling that they weren’t really as hurt as the coaching staff let on. Who knows.

  11. Pete Dutcher Says:

    If Schiano can make the Bucs win multiple Superbowls like the Patriots, I wouldn’t care if he made the players completely mute.

    Schiano is sounding more and more like Bill. Dare I hope that we have gotten a clone?