Bringing Rutgers To Tampa Bay

September 13th, 2012

New York-New Jersey scribes detail how Schiano hasn’t changed

One cool thing Joe enjoys is reading the papers that cover the next Bucs’ opponent each week. Given the fact the Bucs are facing a team from the largest media center in the western hemisphere, there is no shortage of Bucs-Giants related content.

Since Bucs coach Greg Schiano coached, basically, the college football program that represents the greater New York metropolitan area, as the sport is down the totem pole of sports attention there, guys who knew Schiano or covered Schiano are here in the Tampa Bay area now to write stories on the former Rutgers leader.

So it’s an interesting perspective Joe is getting from the likes of Steve Politi of the Newark Star-Ledger, the favorite newspaper of Tony Soprano (played by Rutgers alum James Gandolfini) who explains that Schiano didn’t leave for the NFL, but Rutgers joined the NFL.

Was this really an NFL training complex in South Florida? Or was this another football practice in Piscataway?

Greg Schiano, it turns out, didn’t leave Rutgers. He brought it with him, and the similarities are so overpowering you don’t know where to begin. The same chant — “one-two-three family!” — to break the huddle before practice. The same locker room clock counting down the seconds to the next game. The same manic attention to detail, including setting the temperatures in the meeting rooms to 68.5 degrees. Some of the same people, even — 11 of them, to be exact, from the players to the trainers to the assistant coaches to the front-office staff.

Even the same corny catch phrases. Ronde Barber, an NFL veteran of 16 seasons, went on his radio show and preached about how each game was its own season and that this week was the Giants season, sounding so much like his new coach it was like he was reading a script.

This just speaks to Joe about the man that Schiano is. He learned from coaches like Joe Paterno and Bill Belicheat, among others, what it takes to win, and he isn’t deviating from what has worked for him in the past.

Schiano is a man of character and it’s cool that he hasn’t changed his ways just because he’s in the big leagues now.

15 Responses to “Bringing Rutgers To Tampa Bay”

  1. BigMacAttack Says:

    I’m a Bucs’ Fan but I love Bill Belichick and think he is arguably the best Coach in the NFL. His team broke some rules about 10 years ago and paid the price for it. I don’t feel it is appropriate to still call him Belicheat. I believe he has earned more respect than that and to still call him that seems petty considering he has never done anything to hurt the Bucs or Tampa, that I am aware of. I would also bet that Greg Schiano talks to Bill frequently and I’d go as far as to say that Bill has helped Coach Schiano and the Bucs over this past off-season which makes him more of an ally than a foe. His team is in the AFC and not really a rival or nemesis until we play them again which hopefully will be in an upcoming Super Bowl. The Pats have a class owner in Robert Kraft and are a superior organization.

    I may offend some of you, but I just wanted to throw this out there for Joe.

  2. Orlandobucfan Says:

    @big Mac attack
    I agree I think he deserves more respect than that, not only because of the amount he has helped schiano but because I’m sure if you ask every owner in the league if they would hire bill and fire there current coach I’m sure the vast majority would agree. If this is going to be never ending than Sean Payton needs a new name, Sean pay for play Payton, an all other saints coaches involved, and everyone else that has ever cheating needs a permanent name change.
    It just seems outdated and yes petty
    And yes I to know I will probably get attacked

  3. OAR Says:

    “You have offended my famiowee and you have offended the Shaorin Temple.”
    Seriously, I’d have to agree.

  4. ScottyinFatAntonio Says:

    Joe, are we having punter injury issues as well? I just read on PFT that the Bucs had looked at punters Shawn Powell, Ricky Schmitt, and Dawson Zimmerman this week.

  5. Joe Says:


    I may offend some of you, but I just wanted to throw this out there for Joe.

    If Belicheat didn’t cheat, Joe wouldn’t call him “Belicheat.”

    Don’t blame Joe, blame Belicheat.

  6. Miguel Grande Says:

    ‘isn’t deviating from what has worked for him in the past.”

    Exactly the downfall of the “Old Ball Coach,” in Washington DC.

    “His team broke some rules about 10 years ago and paid the price for it. I don’t feel it is appropriate to still call him Belicheat.”

    “Once a cheater always a cheater!”-Oprah Winfrey

  7. BigMacAttack Says:

    Its your call Joe. I was just trying to convince you to let it go, that’s all. I see him as an ally at this point, and I bet Schiano does too.

    Miguel, your a dumbass, and everything you write is crap. You have no credibility here. You are far from being a Buc fan and don’t try to use my words in your drivel, you worthless punk.

    You and Oprah can have each other. I’m sure that rich fat cow has never cheated on anything in her life. That is complete BS and let he who is without sin cast the first stone. Miguel, boy, you’d be wise to pick on someone other than me you F’n POS.

  8. JonBuc Says:

    Makes sense that Miguel Pequeno’s idol is Oprah….clarifies a lot.

  9. JBUC24 Says:

    I agree Joe!! Schiano is doing things his way and what has worked for him in the past…why change that?! Bringing familiarity with him to the NFL ie PJ Fleck helps the transition for him! I dig it!

  10. McBuc Says:

    Different than the old ball coach, since Shino ran a pro style program in college. If he went somewhere other than Washington, maybe he would have done better as well. I do not say that from any kind of love for current or ex gators. The only gators I root for are Bucs now. In fact, it pains me that Urban is coaching Ohio State…of course my first team is USF, but I am a Buckeye by marriage.

  11. stevek Says:

    Agree with Big Mac Attack, Belichick should have that nick name null and void.

    Belichick= Rockstar

    Dom= Glorified errand boy

  12. bucobruce Says:

    The cheater will go down if he faces our new and improved Tampa Bay Buccaneers.GMC just emailed the govener of NY and said he craving an Eli Burger.

  13. Miguel Grande Says:

    “Different than the Old Ball Coach, you’re right, Spurrier actually won his (7 times) division and the National Championship. He also was successful in his 3 seasons in the USFL.

    The Little General never won anything, anywhere.

  14. rhenry Says:

    I agree Big Mac Attack, time to let some of these childish nicknames go. Especially “Rockstar” Pleaaaaaaaase. Like Joe says, we are free to read another site and leave this one to the Miguels, 2.2s and other juveniles.

  15. buc the saints Says:

    Actually Miguel he won a game last Sunday.