Win Fast Or Run The Risk

June 25th, 2012

Greg Schiano may have a five-year contract, but that doesn’t mean he has a lot of time to turn around the Buccaneers.

The Bucs undeniably have a win-now offense chock full of talent. There’s no rebuilding going on there. And then there’s the matter of Schiano’s militant style. That might lose its positive effect if the Bucs don’t start winning quickly, so said former Bucs linebacker and current Buccaneers Radio Network analyst Ryan Nece on WDAE-AM 620 last week.

It was a sentiment that’s been expressed by others: the New Schiano Order has got the heat turned up, which runs a risk of backfiring if results don’t follow soon after.

“When you come in as a coach and you come into a situation where you are a polar opposite to the type of coach that was there before, and you bring a culture that was counter to whatever the culture there before, it’s a very hard adjustment,” Nece said. “It’s a hard adjusment for everybody … and yes, there’s going to be players that aren’t going to like it, and there’s going to be players that it’s not going to suit well because it’s hard to please everybody. And I think what he said is, ‘Hey, you’re either with me, or you’re against me.’ I remember that was a line Coach Gruden said all the time, ‘You’re either with me, or you’re against me. And if you’re against me, we can’t have you on this team.’

“But at the end of the day, all that matters is what happens on Sunday. Guys can buy in and say, ‘Hey, We like it now. This is different.’ All that’s going to matter is what happens on Sunday. If they go out there and they win, this is going to be a great adjustment, guys will buy in and they’ll believe in it. But if things start to look bad and they start losing, this makes it a much harder sale when you come in and change things this drastically as he has. It makes it harder for some of these veteran players to swallow that type of medicine.”

Joe found it interesting that Nece likened Schiano’s team-building mindset to Chucky’s. Clearly, Gruden had a doghouse, where those allegedly not in lock step would land.

Joe suspects anyone Schiano finds out of order will find the street or a new team rather than a doghouse.

5 Responses to “Win Fast Or Run The Risk”

  1. BraveBuc Says:

    I think the fact that they were sooooo terrible during those 10 games would negate their theory a little. Consistant improvement is all I want to see and that may be enough for the players too. Besides, if they bail out on a second coach in a row, get rid of the players this time.

  2. Paul W. Says:

    “If you take care of the small things, the big things will take care of themselves.” This isn’t just a football philosophy, this is a way of life. I’m not going to be as focused on the wins and losses this year as I have been in the past. It’s about HOW they win or HOW they lose

  3. flmike Says:

    This isn’t just a rebuilding, it’s a complete reset of a franchise, with the vast majority of players under the age of 25 and with most having 3 years or less in the league, I think a little college like discipline will be good for them, bring them back to the fundamentals and then build them up, give me incremental improvement this season, thats all I’m asking.

  4. jb Says:

    We’re on a 10 game losing streak! Not only will he loose his players, he’s gonna loose a lot of fans if this streak turns into 14 games. He’ll be going into the bye with folks clamoring about how we could end up breaking OUR OWN 0-26 streak.
    Think it was ugly last season? You aint seen NOTHIN’ YET!

  5. Miguel Grande Says:

    When players are under contract, the contract goes both ways. The contract is also an asset of the club. When a coach has a tizzy because a grown man doesn’t toe the line, you simply can not just start dumping contracts.

    A bad coach, like Gruden or Wyche, puts a player in the doghouse where he will no longer perform for the coach or the team. Wyche wouldn’t even speak to his highest draft pick and starting QB. Gruden was famous for his tiffs with his highest paid free agent receiver and other key personnel.

    If you suggest this is the best way to coach is by not communicating, I disagree. It was the downfall of previous regimes and could bring down the New Schiano Order as well.