That’s “Commander” Schiano

November 28th, 2012

Ronde Barber has played under a wide mix of coaching styles, those of Tony Dungy, Jon Gruden, Raheem Morris, Greg Schiano, plus loads of premier assistant coaches and coordinators.

Asked yesterday to compare Chucky with the leader of the New Schiano Order, Barber labeled Schiano a “commander” of the highest order and explained why he’s far more involved than the notoriously hard-working Super Bowl head coach.

“Jon demanded, you know, certain things out of his team. And Coach Schiano does the same thing, demands a way of doing things. And that’s good for the football team. How they’re different? That’s tough to say. Jon was really just kind of an offensive-sided guy. Monte [Kiffin] was really the head coach on defense when Jon was here,” Barber said on the Buccaneers Radio Network. “But Coach Schiano really takes ownership on everything. I think he is as detailed a commander (laughs), that’s a good way to put it, as I’ve been around.

“There’s not an aspect of the game that he doesn’t have a part of making a decision on, or at least, you know, influencing. That’s just how he is. He’s a detail oriented guy. He anticipates, everything that could happen in the game he’s anticipated and is prepared for, whether it’s offense, defense or special teams. That’s just his manner. When you meet the guy, if you ever meet the guy, he’ll talk to you and the way he comes across to you is like, ‘Hey, I am on top of everything that I need to be on top of and I’m going to force my will on every situation because that’s my job.’ That’s how he looks at it.”

Hearing Barber’s take on Commander Schiano, Joe can’t help but wonder what it’s like to work under Schiano. One has to think Schiano expects his coaches to be extraordinarily detail-obsessed and deliver a work rate that matches the head coach’s — a tall order in the New Schiano Order.

8 Responses to “That’s “Commander” Schiano”

  1. SilenceTheCritics Says:

    He needs to be more detailed on his 2 minute drills! Clock management is horrible. Get on it Schiano!

  2. mikeck Says:

    I love working for guys like Schiano. They let you know exactly what is expected of you. If you deliver, you stay, if not, you go….simple. No guessing. no having to be the coaches drinking buddy (Raheem, I’m looking at you). No attitude. Gruden was a fine coach….he just couldnt identify talent nor coach up and develope what little talent he did find. He would be a great coach if he had a solid personnel guy /GM

  3. Joe D. Says:

    This season still has a lot of life left in, no reason to think the Bucs can’t hit a stride, and even go on a playoff run and win George Halas, and maybe even Vince Lombardi trophy this season!

    But seeing the changes that were made in an off season, where the Bucs couldn’t even talk to all the assistants they wanted to, i’m super excited to see a full off season under Coach Schiano, with more house cleaning and time to address the secondary.

  4. NJBucsFan Says:

    I see we brought back Hardman….any thoughts on who fills the other roster spot?

  5. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    ^The other roster spot was already filled yesterday when they claimed the kick returner David Gilreath off waivers from Pittsburgh.

  6. NJBucsFan Says:


    I am pretty sure Gilreath filled Wright’s spot. Putting Trueblood and Grimm on IR left 2 open spots after Gilreath.

  7. Miguel El Magnifico Says:

    Ronde calls him “Commander,” a more imaginative and accurate term would be “Little General” which is a nickname associated with Napolean Bonaparte.

    I could be wrong but I don’t believe you can fill a suspended player’s roster spot. Maybe, some expert like Joe or Pete Dutcher can illuminate us on that point.

  8. Morgan Says:

    Twenty-plus military vet here. From day one, Coach S reminded me of so many of the battalion commanders (COLONELS) that I’ve worked with over the years. Those guys don’t mess around and you don’t want to piss them off.

    I like Coach Schiano’s style and hope he’s with us for awhile.