Schiano Says He’ll Treat Bucs Like “Grown Men”

February 22nd, 2013

“Mark, I’m moving to deregulate shoelace length and color on road game travel dress shoes. Are you with me?

“Toes on the line!”

Whether it was the temperature in meeting rooms, hotel room thermostats, pasta noodles, or water-bottle protocol, and more, the New Schiano Order seemed to have a rule for it last year. Greg Schiano was all over every last nuance. (Though Joe is still amazed it was within team rules to have Adam Hayward shove Bryan Cox on the sidelines and not get seriously punished.)

But things are going to loosen up a bit around One Buc Palace, so reports Bucs beat writer Woody Cummings, of The Tampa Tribune. Cummings got Schiano to explain that the ship doesn’t have to be as tight now that the head coach has established order.

“You have to go overboard one way or another to get that culture established, but I think at this point, our football team understands who I am and how our football program is going to be run,” Schiano said.

“I think that happened as the season went on last year, so we’ll change some things for this year, some of the mandatory things, things that I don’t necessarily think grown men need.”

Call Joe cynical, but Joe will believe in the changes when they happen.

Sure, Joe believes Schiano will loosen a few minor details — perhaps a choice of hot meals and Adam Sandler movies on team flights? — but Joe doesn’t expect Bucs players to notice any significant relaxation of the Schiano way. It won’t be an easy training camp by NFL standards, and Joe suspects Schiano will have higher expectations now that the program is established.

12 Responses to “Schiano Says He’ll Treat Bucs Like “Grown Men””

  1. Terraj Says:

    I like that Schiano said this. My one major concern with Schiano was that he’d treat men like boys and lose the team. Even if he doesn’t have any big changes, just the fact that he can take a step back and look at his demeanor/attitude towards players shows that he’s not as hard headed and stubborn as a lot of people thought…just one more thing getting me excited about next season.

  2. Bucs or gtfo Says:

    Where you at Miguel El Stupido?

  3. SirustheVirus Says:


    Ask what Coach Schiano what he thinks about putting some Pistol formations in the play calling. Not saying I want Freeman to run. Just want to have defense take that into accountability that Freeman can run and make that be one more thing they have to game plan against. 2010 when he used his legs more could be what we need him to do instead of forcing throws and getting intercepted. Just a thought. Freeman ran pretty good before he lost 20lbs. Might take away some of those bad decisions.

  4. SirustheVirus Says:

    Disregard the first “What”

  5. Joe Says:


    Ask what Coach Schiano what he thinks about putting some Pistol formations in the play calling.

    Probably won’t get a chance until OTAs. Schiano finished with his media obligations yesterday.

  6. Macabee Says:

    Good to hear! I remember the Singletary experience at the 49ers – particularly the Vernon Davis drama. Both good men, but not good for the team and with disastrous results. Not comparing Schiano to Singletary, just pointing out an example where conflict between a disciplinarian coach and players that object can be dysfunctional. Doesn’t look like that will be a problem for the Bucs!

  7. 4everBucsFan Says:

    Schiano holds his players and the coaching staff accountable. His message is as simple as he can make it. Do your job. He has taken all other distractions out of the equation, they don’t have to make mundane decisions for themselves. Schiano has promised them all, when they do their jobs right, and follow his plan, they will win. Last year, we saw signs of them buying into his message. He has established himself as the take charge leader this team has been lacking.

  8. matty patoots from da ville - bucs fan Says:

    Look guys, here is the deal…
    first time poster and doing it from a cell phone
    Schiano men are groomed like military men…first phase, second phase, etc…
    Military people know that you have three phases in boot, white, blue…for sequence
    First phase of boot camp is a cluster f@$&, but is aimed at getting the “law” laid down in camp
    Phase two is about instilling confidence (aka JFreeJFree), but need help from men in trenches
    Phase III is adding skill to an awesome group of guys that will do anything for you and will give you that elite feeling that nothing can stop you.

    I degress….been there, and know the “process” like many of you…patience isnt enough, but let the process play out b4 judgement.

  9. SacBucs Says:

    Thanks Joe..I said you cant coach grown men like a pop warner team and some fart faced fans attacked me! The only thing you teach with fear is hate!

    Schiano Sucked all the Swagger out the team and made robots..Buccaneers Men!

  10. TampaRob Says:

    Mac- during the Super Bowl week Vernon Davis said that Singletary saved his career and made him grow up by doing what he did. It may not have worked in that particular year, but it helped- and I think the rigid rules imposed by Coach helped set expectations. By dialing back a bit in the second year he’s only doing what has worked for Bilichick, Coughlin, and others: establish control, rules, and expectations. Get them to understand the “Rah’s my buddy” days are over. Sac- swagger on a bad team is ridiculous. They didn’t need swagger, they needed basic skills and discipline. Earn swagger when you start winning.

  11. tidalguy Says:

    Tampa Rob,
    Well said.

  12. SacBucs Says:

    Tampa Rob he didnt even try to win with the swagger! He released them. Coach didnt try to discipline he just released players! He came in One Buc like a SCREAMING father not like the understanding Uncle. Kids dont run over that uncle thats has love. Rah was the players friend. Think about it when was the last time you had brew with your Uncle.

    Who like a boss Screaming Do your job and he can barely do his. The gauntlet shh was a sure way to build a bond with our players. Lmao

    The team was exhausted by December!