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Greg Schiano vows Bucs will “re-connect with our fan base”

Greg Schiano, Paul Rhoads AP

New Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano said at his introductory press conference this afternoon that he’s going to build the kind of team that becomes a hot ticket in Tampa Bay, playing winning football that will make the fans proud.

“We’ve got to re-connect with our fan base, and I can’t wait to do it because we have to earn your trust,” Schiano said. “This Buccaneer football team will earn your trust. We’ll earn your trust on the football field. We’ll earn your trust in the community. Something that you can be proud of.”

When he got his first question, Schiano was asked how quickly he thinks he can turn around the fortunes of a team that ended the season on a 10-game losing streak, and he said he views it as his job to turn things around immediately.

“I don’t believe in doing anything except to be the best, so we’re going to try to be the best today, starting today,” Schiano said. “How long that will take, I can’t tell you that, but we’re going to work to be the best we can be every single minute. And I’ve said this many times: When our best is the best, we’ll be Super Bowl champs.”

Schiano is a much more conventional choice than the first college coach the Bucs tried to hire, Oregon’s Chip Kelly, and he described his coaching philosophy as one he learned from his old boss, Joe Paterno.

“Great defense, win the special teams battle, and be a physical offensive football team that takes shots down the field,” Schiano said. “Physical, run the football physically and take shots down the field. That formula works.”

Schiano said he didn’t take the job until he had time to study the team, its personnel, the ownership, the front office and the facilities, and he concluded that the Bucs have a young core of talented players who can win right away.

“I’m very impressed with the young group, that core group,” Schiano said.

Now Schiano’s job is to turn that core group into what Raheem Morris failed to make it last year: A winning team.

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46 Responses to “Greg Schiano vows Bucs will “re-connect with our fan base””
  1. dasboat says: Jan 27, 2012 2:27 PM

    I’m watching the presser live. Schiano handles himself really well. I’m impressed.

  2. joelvis72 says: Jan 27, 2012 2:28 PM

    All 40,000 of them.

  3. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 27, 2012 2:28 PM

    The Glazers do not care about the fans or team. Their top priority is Man U.

  4. vdaigglesfan says: Jan 27, 2012 2:30 PM

    Rutgers grad here. Ask anyone near New Jersey and they will say they are amazed at this hire. Most wanted Schiano fired. He has had basically unlimited resources and did nothing with it. I am at a loss in understanding what “formula” he has that worked. He never beat West Virginia, never won a Big East title. He will make Raheem Morris look like Vince Lombardi.

  5. trbowman says: Jan 27, 2012 2:30 PM

    Ya, I guess that’s a good alternative as opposed to having one of your players coordinate an attack on a fan, lol.

  6. kevinb73 says: Jan 27, 2012 2:33 PM

    “and he concluded that the Bucs have a young core of talented players who can win right away.”

    I don’t think Schiano was looking at the same team we were looking at this season. I hope he can turn it around, but I see a massive rebuild coming with a lot of players getting kicked to the curb which really needs to happen.

  7. hailvictory10 says: Jan 27, 2012 2:36 PM

    Another Rutgers guy here…..love Schano. Great coach and even better person…..TB, you are blessed.

    Good luck Coach

  8. thatstinks says: Jan 27, 2012 2:37 PM

    If I was a Bucs fan and he came to my door I would want to hear Lost in Love instead of Wind beneath my wings .

  9. tampajoey says: Jan 27, 2012 2:39 PM

    The offense is stagnant, boring and inconsistent. The once mighty game-changing Bucs defense is an embarrassment. Can’t pressure on the QB, stop the run or defend the pass.

    Good luck turning this mess around and getting the fans back.

  10. gmsalpha says: Jan 27, 2012 2:40 PM

    They never should have fired Jon Gruden.

  11. bucfansouthtampa says: Jan 27, 2012 2:43 PM

    Watched Coach Schiano’s news conference. Impressed. Im glad he mentioned our Alumni. I am willing to bet he has a close hold meeting with Brooks, Sapp, Lynch and other alumni to talk about the way ahead.
    At this point its all about have a good camp, and start winning the NFC South. Saints are has beens, (Brees signed his contract yet?), Falcons dont have it anymore (New OC=new offense for Mattie) , and Panthers are still working on building their team. Coach Schiano has a shot at doing something special. Just have good draft and Free Agency.

  12. jjarvis says: Jan 27, 2012 2:46 PM

    Run the ball and be physical is what coaches who don’t have great QBs always say. How often have you heard the Colts, Saints, Patriots, Packers, etc., over the last ten years, say that? Only when their QB situation was unsettled. So I don’t blame Schiano. But I think this focus on D/ST and “running the ball” is really just a nice way of saying “I know we have a lousy passing game.”

  13. youngassociate says: Jan 27, 2012 2:46 PM

    I too am a RU Grad. I like Schiano, but his talents are as a recruiter. No recruiting to be done in this job. Also, as reported yesterday, he only came into consideration after getting a recommendation from Belichick, but doesn’t anyone find it curious that Schiano is a coach who just so happened to let Belichick’s son walk on to the Rutgers football team as a long snapper? Not really surprised Belichick likes him so much.

  14. norseyapper says: Jan 27, 2012 2:47 PM

    “And I’ve said this many times: When our best is the best, we’ll be Super Bowl champs.”

    He’s said this “many times?” during long standing tenure as headcoach…3 days?

    You want to reconnect with your fans?
    Win.

  15. wetpaperbag3 says: Jan 27, 2012 2:53 PM

    It’s okay if the fanbase isn’t familiar with a new coach. Many new head coaches take the reigns that fans may never have heard of before. However, those coaches usually are WELL KNOWN in coaching circles at the professional level.

    But, it’s an entirely different matter when the new head coach isn’t well known by the fans AND from within the pro coaching community! No coordinators and no NFL experienced coaches on staff. He’d better hire some former head coaches to fill those positions. Kinda hard for a fan base to “connect” with a head coach with NO NFL experience and NO experienced staff on hand.

  16. asublimeday says: Jan 27, 2012 2:55 PM

    “our soccer fanbase.”

  17. beaushunter says: Jan 27, 2012 2:56 PM

    Rutgers grad here. @vdaigglesfan If you wanted Schiano fired your an idiot. I was at at the Rutgers upset of Louisville a couple years ago. Look at the team before him.

  18. trbowman says: Jan 27, 2012 3:01 PM

    “If you wanted Schiano fired your an idiot”

    Hmm………

  19. bucman3 says: Jan 27, 2012 3:03 PM

    He’s our coach now got to give him his shot I think he will work out.

  20. sethb222 says: Jan 27, 2012 3:05 PM

    Rutger Grad…Your an Idiot! Rutgers was awful! He turned them around made them respectable. Put Pro after Pro into the League that have been successful and did it clean.

    It’s hard to get people to come to the dump of America and he did. We talkin about Rutgers!

    fire him? He even got you a new stadium… Dumb!

  21. tdk24 says: Jan 27, 2012 3:28 PM

    “trbowman says:
    Jan 27, 2012 2:30 PM
    Ya, I guess that’s a good alternative as opposed to having one of your players coordinate an attack on a fan, lol.”

    You beat me to it…no pun intended.

  22. joelvis72 says: Jan 27, 2012 3:34 PM

    I criticized the size of their fanbase, but I liked the Buccaneers until they abandoned their orange uniforms.

  23. vdaigglesfan says: Jan 27, 2012 3:36 PM

    Empty stadium. 28-48 Big East record. Nuff said.

  24. deshackle says: Jan 27, 2012 3:48 PM

    Must be some slim pickings in the professional football coaching ranks.

  25. skinsfantom says: Jan 27, 2012 3:54 PM

    don’t know much about him. anybody know if he can be a crybaby?

  26. bigzant82 says: Jan 27, 2012 3:57 PM

    Yeah he was a great coach at rutgers they just being idiots cause he didn’t beat West Virginia now big question is what offense will TB have and who will take over the rutgers football team as HC and what will that do for recruits

  27. rpiotr01 says: Jan 27, 2012 4:01 PM

    Never mind the fan base, he should be concerned about re-connecting with the win column.

  28. jason1214 says: Jan 27, 2012 4:16 PM

    No dog in the fight here, but you cannot deny he took RU from horrible to decent.

    That being said, I do not understand what Tampa Bay is thinking………….shouldn’t have canned Gruden.

  29. klownboy says: Jan 27, 2012 4:38 PM

    Tampa do not deserve their Bucs. Attendance problems when they were in the playoff hunt two seasons ago? Really???

  30. mrsroper says: Jan 27, 2012 4:49 PM

    The defense should improve. He’s very experienced with gap assignments.

  31. vdaigglesfan says: Jan 27, 2012 4:55 PM

    beaushunter says:
    Jan 27, 2012 2:56 PM
    Rutgers grad here. @vdaigglesfan If you wanted Schiano fired your an idiot. I was at at the Rutgers upset of Louisville a couple years ago. Look at the team before him.

    ******************************************
    Looks like I’m the one out of step here. So which do you prefer ” Rutgers Football, lousy since 1869″ or “RU Football, if you think we’re bad now, you should have seen us in the 90’s.”

    Your idiot.

  32. kingpel says: Jan 27, 2012 5:10 PM

    Tampa needs that blue collar, middle class support. They are the ones who buy tickets. They are the ones who buy jerseys. These people dont relate or sympathize with immature hoodlums. Simple as that.

  33. dg0122 says: Jan 27, 2012 5:12 PM

    maybe now he can stop going to Dave Letterman’s dentist

  34. tbf22 says: Jan 27, 2012 5:16 PM

    So Rutgers went from Horrible to Decent under Schiano…

    So the idea is that the Bucs will go from Horrible to Super Bowl Champs under Schiano???

    If History serves us right. the Bucs will in all likelihood go from Horrible to never winning the division, Barely having an even record, Never selling out. and being mediocre, never winning anything for the next 11 years…

    sounds great.

  35. sensiblebuc says: Jan 27, 2012 5:22 PM

    @kingpel

    “Tampa needs that blue collar, middle class support. They are the ones who buy tickets. They are the ones who buy jerseys. These people dont relate or sympathize with immature hoodlums. Simple as that.”

    With all due respect, you don’t have a clue what you’re talking about. We could have a team of Cody Grimms and that alone wouldn’t fill the stadium. If we are winning consistently with Talib and Haynesworth you better believe that butts will be in the seats.

  36. gmen212542 says: Jan 27, 2012 5:26 PM

    Life long NJ resident 15 minutes from Rutgers Stadium, and Schiano was able to spark an interest in a lot people in NJ after years of Rutgers after years of DISMAL performance! I have faith in him in the NFL!

  37. burrito12 says: Jan 27, 2012 6:33 PM

    With the exception of Miami, the NFL does not belong in the Southeast. If you look up Bandwagon Fan in the dictionary you will see the cities New Orleans, Jacksonville, Atlanta, and Tampa Bay!

  38. freemantowilliams says: Jan 27, 2012 6:44 PM

    I’m just gonna sit back and see what happens. You never know, this guy could end up being an all time great. But to be honest I look at our owners and just can’t see us going for. Remember malcom does not run the bucs anymore, his idiotic sons do.

  39. tbf22 says: Jan 27, 2012 6:57 PM

    @sensiblebuc

    “With all due respect, you don’t have a clue what you’re talking about. We could have a team of Cody Grimms and that alone wouldn’t fill the stadium. If we are winning consistently with Talib and Haynesworth you better believe that butts will be in the seats.”

    With all due respect, You are the one that is clueless… This team could Win back to back to back to back Division titles and it still wouldn’t sell out. Between the Economy being complete crap right now, to the already very weak fan base in the Tampa Area, it would take a straight miracle to fill seats in Ray Jay on a consistent basis.

  40. runkdaddy says: Jan 27, 2012 7:16 PM

    I’m hoping he turns this ship around and we can start winning some games. Cut down on stupid game changing penalties and turnovers needs to be addressed. Most importantly, find an Offensive Coordinator who can develop Freeman and other young skills players around him. Defensively, the front 4 need time to play together and mesh. Draft Morris Claiborne in 1st and aim for Mark Barron in 2nd to sure up secondary.

  41. bucforever says: Jan 27, 2012 7:55 PM

    Look out boys (players), there’s a new sheriff in town! All y’all loafers better pack your bags!

  42. cover2blitz0 says: Jan 27, 2012 8:08 PM

    “Physical, run the football physically and take shots down the field. That formula works.”

    farewell greg olsen and the benn end around

  43. smcarr1234 says: Jan 27, 2012 8:23 PM

    I liked when he talked about “taking shot down field”. This 2011 season has been full of 3 &4 yard screen plays and slants that never really gave us any great yardage. I also hope that we find someone in free agency, cough *Desean Jackson* cough, that can help Freeman do just that.

    I say lets hope on the bangwagon of believing in this coach until futher notice.

    ***No “Debbie Downers” Buc Fans***

    Go Bucs!!

  44. cjpunk15 says: Jan 28, 2012 2:13 AM

    Rutgers grad here. Ask anyone near New Jersey and they will say they are amazed at this hire. Most wanted Schiano fired. He has had basically unlimited resources and did nothing with it. I am at a loss in understanding what “formula” he has that worked. He never beat West Virginia, never won a Big East title. He will make Raheem Morris look like Vince Lombardi.

    Funny thing is Schiano made the Rutgers football program relevant. Rutgers were the real life South Central Louisiana State University Mud Dogs… I get it your upset the guy left your alma mater but to claim that the coach that made Rutgers relevant as football program did “nothing” is just ridiculous.

  45. cjpunk15 says: Jan 28, 2012 2:18 AM

    You want to reconnect with your fans?
    Win.

    Raheem did two years ago and you lazy fans in Tampa still wouldn’t buy tickets to go watch them despite them lowering ticket prices… Complare their tickets prices to the rest of the league and you will soon realize that those “horrible” owners the Bucs fan base whine and cry about all the time are trying to accomodate the fans during this horrible economy.

  46. tbtrojan says: Jan 28, 2012 4:18 AM

    2 things really need to be said here after reading the comments…

    “They never should have fired Gruden.”
    As a big time Gruden fan I will admit the time had come for him to be replaced, the team had just stagnated and was going nowhere.
    The mistake was hiring Morris as his replacement.

    @ freemantowilliams
    “Remember malcom does not run the bucs anymore, his idiotic sons do.”
    Considering you have a Bucs related username you should know better than that.
    I’ll a known fact that Malcolm did very little except sign cheque, the sons have run things since long before Gruden was hired.

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