“We Didn’t Play Physically Enough”

August 18th, 2012

Schiano also dropped a tune that brought Joe back to 1996

The New Schiano Order watched film of last night’s Bucs-Titans game and came away yearning for more thump on both sides of the ball.

Greg Schiano said today that his players need to force themselves to battle through fatigue, which was a factor in the team’s questionable attention to fundamentals last night.

“We didn’t play physically enough on either side,” Schiano said. “You know, if you could say [we were physical] anywhere it would be the early part of the defense, but after that I didn’t think we played as physical as even we did the week before. So we need to get back to work and make sure that pad level and intensity and those things, and then more precise – aiming points, footwork, those kinds of things.

“Why? As a head coach you say, ‘Why is that happening?’ Some of it’s fatigue. No doubt. That’ll get better because we’ll get’em feeling better. But the execution part, you know, you gotta be able to fight through that and execute.”

That all sounds great. But this is the kind of situation that will test the mettle of the New Schiano Order. Can Schiano lead, develop and draw greatness out of a professional team?

Joe knows it will take time. However, the New Schiano Order is operating with extreme urgency, so said Ronde Barber this week.

Schiano also talked about how players need to trust their coaching, which was something former members of the 1996 Bucs have said was a theme during the early days of the Father Dungy regime. Dungyball started 1-8 before things turned around that season.

Joe’s wonders whether fans in 2012 would have less patience for a woeful start than they did in ’96.

22 Responses to ““We Didn’t Play Physically Enough””

  1. bucfanjeff Says:

    I’m going to speak on behalf of the majority of fans…we’ll give Schiano a 1 year pass on record as long as we’re noticeably improving as a whole. Next year, expectations are through the roof as the honeymoon is over.

  2. Drew Says:

    Preseason? 0-4 or 4-0 really doesn’t matter. Game plans are meaningless. What does matter is deciding on a 53 man roster and practice squad players.

    I for one am not concerned…

  3. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    I didn’t really think it was all coaching, and now I have seen what I wanted to see.
    We have zero depth.
    It is going to be awhile before we are good again. We have an awful lot of players unable to compete at the NFL level. I think we will see a LOT of cuts, and pick ups of the players who dominated our players, if they get cut.
    Not to worry, Schiano will rebuild us, but it will take time.

    Did anyone else besides me see Schiano making Gruden like faces, as he was losing ?

  4. MadMaxxMatt Says:

    Lets not forget that team 1 did well, and it wasnt until the 2nd and 3rd stringers were out there when the titans were scoring. They kept their team 1 on the field after we pulled ours. Same thing happened in Miami. We dont have a lot of depth, but Im not too worried about our starters.

  5. the_buc_realist Says:

    Chris@apple roof

    it is more than depth, the starting lineup is not fully starting nfl caliber, we need starts and the depth will fill in after that.

  6. Patrick Says:

    “Joe’s wonders whether fans in 2012 would have less patience for a woeful start than they did in ’96.”

    Not at all Joe. Back in ’96, a losing season was nothing new to Bucs fans. We had been used to it for 14 consecutive seasons. That’s why people had patience back then.

    Fast forward to 2012, and we’ve seen about 7 or 8 successful seasons by the Bucs. And a Super Bowl win. People expect more from the team.

  7. Architek Says:

    He has my undying support as long as they identify the quitters on this team and rid of them. Roy Miller is a third string NFL DT and Lewis is a practice squad player at best.

  8. BucFan20 Says:

    I said back when Price was sent packing Miller better not get comfortable. I would not be surprised if he is gone next.

  9. BucFan20 Says:

    Coach has my support but I don’t buy the fatigue story. I am sure all the other teams must suffer from fatigue too. The first string offense sucked plain and simple. Freeman looked like Freeman. No holes for the backs as usual. And pressure coming up the middle and past our resident matador.
    Say no game planning all you want but a TV interview with the coach before the game says otherwise. They went up against a good Titan first string D and got blown up.

  10. c-span Says:

    the offense scares me, i see other off in the nfl and they appear more explosive or dynamic. i hope its just a vanilla game plan for the off. cuz freeman looks like captain check-down, he doesn’t try to throw down field like he did in 2010

  11. Have A Nice Day Says:

    Raheem also spoke a lot about telling his players to ‘trust in the coaching’. You take from that what you will.

  12. Miguel Grande Says:

    “Why? As a head coach you say, ‘Why is that happening?’ Some of it’s fatigue. No doubt. That’ll get better because we’ll get’em feeling better. But the execution part, you know, you gotta be able to fight through that and execute.”

    Some idiot who needed to show how butch he was forced this team to run 110×16 sprints in the Florida heat. He lost 7 players including 3 starters because of them. Now his training camp has failed miserably because the players have tired legs.

    I believe the Bucs will go winless until the bye week, until their legs begin to recover. This coach needs to break the losing streak but I don’t see it happening soon.

    Rod Marinelli was a great coach until he went 0-16 with the Lions.

  13. JSmalls Says:

    I believe the fan base is more fatigued. The good QB’s in this league take pressure off the rest of the team… We don’t have that. If Frreman had command of the offense and made some explosive plays, we wouldn’t be as concerned with depth, running lanes and D-line play. Unfortunately, there’s a whole lot of concern around here.

  14. Eric Says:

    People weren’t patient back in 96. Stadium was half full and interest dwindling.

    The only trying that changed was the team went 5 dash 3 the second half and then the playoffs in 97 and beyond.

    The fun to watch best defense in pro football didn’t hurt, along with fan favorites like A train.

    Of course it was like getting a glass of water at death valley after 14 years of no playoffs.

  15. Bobby Says:

    Another episode of “The Young And The Clueless”. The usual negative posters with their negative outlook. Hey kids….guess what? When they substitute in games they don’t put the entire second or third team in. We have players that will do fine as depth players but as a whole our second and third team played poorly. HOWEVER….that does not mean we have no depth or that every individual on the second and third team sucked. Do you think if we’d have put Nicks in there with the third team we’d have suddenly been running the ball down their throats??? No….one player does not make a team and a team is only as strong as it’s weakest link. We’ll have 53 players ready to go against the Panthers.

  16. mcbuc Says:

    Right on Bobby

  17. Houseofbacon Says:

    I am not hiring Apple Roof Cleaning, that guy sounds miserable.

  18. lurker Says:

    house, there are many others that are miserable, not necessarily arc.

    miquel pequeno says: “nothing important, just my usual drivel and conspiracy theory” 😉

  19. JSmalls Says:

    Bobby, you were cool with the offenses first five possessions? The first team D was somewhat solid but the Titans are not the Panthers, Giants and Cowboys. I two games we’ve had one play over 20 yards if I’m not mistaken. I understand it’s pre-season, but an unproven team rarely flips the switch.

  20. Eric Says:

    I’m not young….

  21. Bobby Says:

    @JSmalls…. About as cool as the Titans were with their first five possessions. Listen, in the NFL you can’t judge any team by who they were last year. The Titans Defense may be a monster this year, who knows? Sometimes it takes time to wear a defense down and we pulled Nicks and Joseph pretty early. Schiano obviously wasn’t pleased with the way we played but he’s not freaking out either. It’s a long season and I’m pretty sure we’re 1or 2 seasons away from where we want to be but we will be much better than last year. That’s a guarantee.

  22. Gus Says:

    @JSmalls remember in 2010 when the Bucs were suppose to go 0-16 with a qb that had no weapons. Free took a 3-13 team and made them 10-6. I don’t care who they faced in the nfl thats impressive. Yes he has regressed maybe due to coaching or through teams understanding his weaknesses. Either I see him improving tremendously with ACTUAL weapons and not a bunch of guys from the practice squad.