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Greg Schiano puts LeGarrette Blount on notice

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Greg Schiano is trying to put his stamp on the Buccaneers and he’s starting by telling the team’s starting running back that he’s got to do a better job of holding onto the ball.

Speaking at the owners meetings on Wednesday, Schiano said that LeGarrette Blount will either stop fumbling or stop playing. Blount fumbled five times while running for 781 yards last season, a number that’s too high for a role in Schiano’s offense.

“I think LeGarrette has tons of ability,” Schiano said, via Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com. “No one who touches the football will get touches if they don’t protect the football. That is one of our core covenants — the ball. It’s so important they named the game after it. We make a big deal about it.”

The only problem with that threat is that the Buccaneers don’t have any other options at tailback outside of Mossis Madu at the moment. Kregg Lumpkin signed with Seattle and Earnest Graham is a free agent coming off a torn Achilles, which leaves the Bucs with Madu’s 15 carries of experience behind Blount.

A solution might come in free agency or it might come in the draft. The Bucs have been linked with Alabama running back Trent Richardson more than once and his arrival might make it hard for Blount to get carries even if he starts taking better care of the ball.

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43 Responses to “Greg Schiano puts LeGarrette Blount on notice”
  1. radrntn says: Mar 28, 2012 3:30 PM

    i agree, and think you ought to trade him to the raiders for their 6th rd pick…

  2. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Mar 28, 2012 3:31 PM

    Tell him to call Adrian Peterson. He went from a notorious fumbler to a vault in one season.

  3. cakemixa says: Mar 28, 2012 3:31 PM

    That’s because it’s so easy to punch it out of Blount’s hands.

  4. nflfollower says: Mar 28, 2012 3:34 PM

    He roasted blount right there.

  5. bucrightoff says: Mar 28, 2012 3:37 PM

    Please don’t draft Richardson. I think Trent is a great RB and will be a good pro, but Blount can be a wreaking crew when given the chance, and assuming he can fix his fumblelitis. Either Claiborne or Kuelchy are much more neede by the Bucs

  6. suckleague says: Mar 28, 2012 3:38 PM

    As much as it pains me to say about my Bucs, he’ll make his way to jail at some point this year as well.

  7. hystoracle says: Mar 28, 2012 3:39 PM

    “It’s so important they named the game after it.” Awesome statement…

  8. lucky5934 says: Mar 28, 2012 3:41 PM

    Big backs fighting for that extra yard often have that problem early on in their career. He will focus more on holding the ball and protecting the ball…. once he gets cut and picks up on another power running team like the Steelers, Giants, or Bears (If they don’t resign Forte).

  9. starderup says: Mar 28, 2012 3:43 PM

    They also named baseball and basketball after the ball. I guess this guy is kidding, or just stupid?

  10. domeinate says: Mar 28, 2012 3:45 PM

    Bad dynamic to talk to reporter. Should have kept it between player and coach. Wierd start

  11. jackshine says: Mar 28, 2012 3:49 PM

    Schiano was the one being blunt.

  12. lovetron says: Mar 28, 2012 3:50 PM

    This problem can be solved. Tiki Barber and AP both did it; no reason Blount can’t… if he wants to.

  13. nineroutsider says: Mar 28, 2012 3:53 PM

    domeinate says: Mar 28, 2012 3:45 PM

    Bad dynamic to talk to reporter. Should have kept it between player and coach. Wierd start
    ——————————————————-
    Completely agree…coaching through the media is a very bad idea. Rex Ryan can tell him what problems it leads to inside the locker room.

    Not sure why he had to roast him that hard. He might as well roast ‘Free’ while he is at it. Blunt, you still happy you choose the Bucs over the 9ers?

  14. n0hopeleft says: Mar 28, 2012 3:54 PM

    Love Schiano, but this was a bad move.

    Have you even met the guy yet?

  15. profootballwalk says: Mar 28, 2012 3:56 PM

    starderup says: Mar 28, 2012 3:43 PM

    They also named baseball and basketball after the ball. I guess this guy is kidding, or just stupid?
    ————————————————-

    He makes a million dollars a year. And please hold the mustard and ketchup on my burger – but don’t forget the pickle. I do love me some pickle.

  16. elmustardo says: Mar 28, 2012 4:02 PM

    Who says he hasn’t already addressed this with LaGarrette?

  17. elmustardo says: Mar 28, 2012 4:02 PM

    –Who says he hasn’t already addressed this with LaGarrette?

  18. sterilizecromartie says: Mar 28, 2012 4:04 PM

    Maybe he should worry more about his QB throwing 22 picks.

  19. realitypolice says: Mar 28, 2012 4:05 PM

    starderup says:
    Mar 28, 2012 3:43 PM
    They also named baseball and basketball after the ball. I guess this guy is kidding, or just stupid?
    =================

    It never occurred to me when I read that that one single person in the entire world would not realize he was making a joke there.

    WOW.

  20. zampft says: Mar 28, 2012 4:07 PM

    Call me crazy i guess, but Blount was very impressive two years ago, had no off-season training due to the lockout, and had a coach and staff last year that he grew to hate.

    I think Blount could still do marvelous things for the Bucs, especially given the holes that offensive line should start opening up this year for whoever gets the call.

    Blount and Freeman both suffered from having the most anemic defense in the league. When you play from behind it’s easy to push too hard and start making mistakes.

  21. zampft says: Mar 28, 2012 4:08 PM

    His point would make more sense if this was called Handball. As it is, Blount’s been doing an excellent job getting the ball to his Feet. ;)

  22. 4thquartermagic says: Mar 28, 2012 4:15 PM

    This is the risk of having players that don’t like giving up on plays and fight for every yard.

    Your either a highlight (break tackles, get extra yards) or a blooper (have a turnover).

    It what made Bret Favre so good (and at times so bad).

  23. lanjoith says: Mar 28, 2012 4:16 PM

    What does it matter? Schiano will be in the unemployment line in 2-3 years anyway.

  24. facebook.com/joesimmonscomic AKA Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: Mar 28, 2012 4:16 PM

    You guys saying it’s a bad move…did you ever actually play football?

    You don’t dance around egos if you’re a strong, effective coach. Ask Terry Glenn about Bill Parcells.

  25. nineroutsider says: Mar 28, 2012 4:17 PM

    profootballwalk says: Mar 28, 2012 3:56 PM

    starderup says: Mar 28, 2012 3:43 PM

    They also named baseball and basketball after the ball. I guess this guy is kidding, or just stupid?
    ————————————————-

    He makes a million dollars a year. And please hold the mustard and ketchup on my burger – but don’t forget the pickle. I do love me some pickle.
    ———————————————-
    I bet you do bro…million dollar pickles. I bet you haven’t met one yet you can say no to, anything goes.

  26. bouchez9393 says: Mar 28, 2012 4:18 PM

    Trade Blount, 2nd round pick this year and 1st rounder next year to browns for thier 4th pick overall, then draft Richardson and Claiborne, and all problems solved.

  27. bucwild05 says: Mar 28, 2012 4:22 PM

    Blount had no O-Line in front of him last year, and fought for the extra yard. He’ll get better, that, I have no doubt.

    Would love to see Blount go to FB and be the next Alstott and draft Richardson.

  28. sportmentary says: Mar 28, 2012 4:26 PM

    What a dumbass. He should have kept his comments in-house rather than making them public.

  29. 6ball says: Mar 28, 2012 4:37 PM

    .

    It’s a fact….. no matter how, when, or where he said it. You cannot put the ball on the ground.

    Tom Brady’s first priority – ball security.

    .

  30. kinggw says: Mar 28, 2012 4:52 PM

    Hey Slow Joe,

    The word is gravitas. Parcells can address Glenn in that manner because he has earned it, he has won at this level. He had the respect of his players and the gravitas to do it. Schiano is a college coach from a mediocre program. Nobody is saying he cant be tough, its just asinine to start your tenure by calling out your players. A new coach should give every player a clean slate.

  31. nineroutsider says: Mar 28, 2012 4:52 PM

    facebook.com/joesimmonscomic AKA Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: Mar 28, 2012 4:16 PM

    You guys saying it’s a bad move…did you ever actually play football?

    You don’t dance around egos if you’re a strong, effective coach. Ask Terry Glenn about Bill Parcells.
    ————————————————————
    Sure did, still think it’s a bad move. Parcells is one thing, a rookie coach is another. After swinging and missing on what 4 coaches, we will see how well Schiana does down there. He has ‘Singletary’ written all over him except Singletary had enough respect to have the locker room’s attention for 2 years. Like I said, we will see about Shiana, doubt he gets 2 years of auto-respect though…

  32. pb420 says: Mar 28, 2012 4:52 PM

    I don’t see where he broke some unspoken rule about addressing Blount’s fumbleitis, as it’s clear to anyone who has watched the Bucs during his time there. Great runner, and I think it will clear itself up with the boost to the O-line we got in the offseason. Please draft Claiborne though, as that is the glaring need we need to address, imho. Judging by some of the comments, you’d think that he insulted his mother or something.

  33. hawkforlife says: Mar 28, 2012 4:57 PM

    “Completely agree…coaching through the media is a very bad idea. Rex Ryan can tell him what problems it leads to inside the locker room.”

    That assumes Rex The Mouth ever learned that it’s a bad idea.

  34. jgedgar70 says: Mar 28, 2012 5:00 PM

    lanjoith says:
    Mar 28, 2012 4:16 PM
    What does it matter? Schiano will be in the unemployment line in 2-3 years anyway.
    ______

    As a Panther fan, I really hope you are right. If Schiano had taken Rutgers to 4-5 BCS bowls in the hideous Big East, I’d be a lot more impressed with him.

  35. aldavisisthenfl says: Mar 28, 2012 5:03 PM

    Greg who?

  36. 4evrnyt says: Mar 28, 2012 5:31 PM

    Any of you mooks you are getting on Shciano for making this public need to realize that; a) Schiano has already spoken to Blount, b)It’s called motivation.

  37. BernardPollardIsAnAss says: Mar 28, 2012 5:49 PM

    Coach better be careful. if he keeps disrespecting Blount he is likely to get smacked in the mouth. What a turd.

  38. citizenstrange says: Mar 28, 2012 5:56 PM

    New York, New York. So nice they named it twice.

  39. onebucplace says: Mar 28, 2012 5:56 PM

    Blount had 3 lost fumbles last year and at least 1 (@Jacksonsville) was clearly not a fumble and another one didn’t look like one to me. As for the passing game there is no telling what he could do based on playing in that middle school offense ran by Greg Olson. Alstott had a much bigger fumbling issue early in his career, keep that in mind. With that said I do hope we get Richardson – he is a very special back and in the modern NFL you need 2 good backs, so having 2 great backs can only help.

  40. toosharp23 says: Mar 28, 2012 6:02 PM

    Shiano is correct in calling out Blount, he forgot Mike Williams though, he loves to cough it up as well…
    These guys did what ever they wanted last year and it got them no where- Schiano is bringing discipline and toughness which Morris lacked- obviously they gave up on him and Shiano won’t have any of that. I haven’t heard one player come to Morris’ defense and I heard more than one acknowledged they needed to move on from him. We are headed in the right direction but this season will be rough. One year under this new staff we will have 10+ win seasons for the next 5 years

  41. gotampabay52 says: Mar 28, 2012 6:04 PM

    Better Oline this year Blount we get down field he fumbled at the line of scrimage or in the backfield he will have holes now to run through which Tampa hasnt had ever. Draft cb rt not a rb in rd the first rd

  42. tbtrojan says: Mar 29, 2012 2:09 AM

    n0hopeleft says: Mar 28, 2012 3:54 PM
    Love Schiano, but this was a bad move.
    Have you even met the guy yet?

    Considering that it’s been well publicised that coaching staffs and players aren’t allowed to have contact yet due to the reduced offseason as per the new CBA lets hope he hasn’t talked to him about it.

    Also while talking about Blount the comment was an obvious warning to all players about ball security…
    “No one who touches the football will get touches if they don’t protect the football.”
    That comment isn’t just Blount, that includes Freeman and his interceptions, Williams/Winslow and their fumbles.

  43. tyelee says: Mar 30, 2012 8:20 PM

    “No one who touches the football will get touches if they don’t protect the football.”

    Sounds Like Freeman might not make it as starter of all 16 games if he doesn’t improve….. According to the coaches statement , Freeman needs to either get it right or get gone! QB touches the ball more than any other.

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