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Ronde Barber: Greg Schiano runs a tighter ship than Raheem Morris

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After just a couple days of offseason work with new coach Greg Schiano and his staff, Buccaneers cornerback Ronde Barber has already sensed that things are going to be different in Tampa Bay.

Barber told the Tampa Tribune that the new coaching staff has already clearly explained what its expectations are, and he hinted that Raheem Morris and the old coaching staff were a little more casual in their approach.

“They have a very direct purpose,” Barber said. “The ship’s a little bit tighter than it was last year, but that’s a good thing. We needed direction. We have a bunch of young men that need guidance and [Schiano] is giving it to them. He’s very direct about it and I think that’s the way it should be. I like the approach and I think it’ll work well for us.”

Players often called Morris by his first name or shortened it to “Rah,” but when Barber caught himself calling Schiano “Greg,” he quickly corrected himself.

“I got together with Mark and Greg, or coach Schiano I should say, and we had a conversation,” Barber said.

Coach Schiano is making his expectations clear, and one of those expectations is the players don’t call him Greg.

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24 Responses to “Ronde Barber: Greg Schiano runs a tighter ship than Raheem Morris”
  1. ezmagic says: Apr 5, 2012 10:01 AM

    Let’s hope it works cause it couldn’t get any worse than last season.

  2. maxvv says: Apr 5, 2012 10:04 AM

    Ha, ship. Like a pirate ship. They have one of those in their stadium.

  3. snookau says: Apr 5, 2012 10:04 AM

    Raheem will go down as one of the worst head coaches in NFL history. Not very hard to run a tighter ship than that buffoon.

  4. joetoronto says: Apr 5, 2012 10:05 AM

    I don’t think Raheem Morris knew how to tighten a shoe lace, let alone run a tight ship.

  5. 6ball says: Apr 5, 2012 10:08 AM


    Under Morris attendance at the games were optional.


  6. eaglefan713 says: Apr 5, 2012 10:08 AM

    lets see if ronde feels this way if they start the year off bad again,everything looks good during the offseason

  7. notdoingwork says: Apr 5, 2012 10:09 AM

    In less the bucs upgrade the defense it will be more of the same in Tampa bay!

  8. skinsgame says: Apr 5, 2012 10:24 AM

    Tight ships. Buccaneers. Why is everything flaming in TB?

  9. ravenscaps48 says: Apr 5, 2012 10:33 AM

    It’s the off-season… Everything looks brighter during the off-season. Hell, Joe Flacco thinks he’s the league’s best QB! Hahaha

  10. goodguyattorney says: Apr 5, 2012 10:34 AM

    Being a life long Bucs fan (I was there for 0-26), we have suffered through many coaches that fit the “worst ever” description. Remember Leeman Bennett and Richard Williamson?

  11. kathyisintheroom says: Apr 5, 2012 10:35 AM

    Anybody that keeps Aqib ‘hoodlum” Talib on their team, does NOT run a tight ship,

  12. firekenwilliams says: Apr 5, 2012 10:48 AM

    The Bucs will suck as long as Mark Dominik and Dennis Hickey are running their drafts. They don’t have the talent to compete with NO, ATL and CAR.

  13. milkmandanimal says: Apr 5, 2012 10:51 AM

    Who wouldn’t run a tighter ship than Raheem Morris? Heck, the 70s Raiders ran a tighter ship than utter crapfest of chaos we saw last year.

  14. joetoronto says: Apr 5, 2012 11:37 AM

    milkmandanimal says: Apr 5, 2012 10:51 AM

    Who wouldn’t run a tighter ship than Raheem Morris? Heck, the 70s Raiders ran a tighter ship than utter crapfest of chaos we saw last year.
    The 70s Raiders were some of the greatest teams of all time, Mike.

    They didn’t just win 2 Super Bowls, they won a hell of allot of games too.

  15. irishnativeson says: Apr 5, 2012 12:34 PM

    Sometimes it’s a delicate balance as a head coach to be a “players coach” or a “disciplinarian”. With as young a roster as TB has it’s better to err on the discipline side, there’s always time to develop a relationship with the players but somebody has to be in charge so why not go ahead and let the head coach be that guy.

  16. d3murf says: Apr 5, 2012 1:03 PM

    snookau says:
    Apr 5, 2012 10:04 AM
    Raheem will go down as one of the worst head coaches in NFL history. Not very hard to run a tighter ship than that buffoon.


    I think some of you dudes don’t even watch football – you just read message boards and formulate opinions off of that. just the year before the team was 10-6 with the youngest roster in the league. Even last year they had gotten off to a 4-2 record and had beaten the Saints/Falcons. They were looking like the early favorites until injuries set in. This was a very incomplete roster that lacked depth at key postitons and couldn’t afford injuries. They will be healthy next year and be .500 at the least – and people will forget those perviously stated facts. Coach Morris is in no uncertain terms the worst coach in NFL history…

  17. fijabbersman345 says: Apr 5, 2012 1:24 PM

    I would run a tighter ship than Raheem Morris.

  18. skin94249 says: Apr 5, 2012 1:27 PM

    Please, the Buc’s set Raheem up to fail plain and simple. No off season spending can hamstring a Coach quick, fast, and in a hurry. Thanks Bucs we love him in DC.

  19. footballfanman says: Apr 5, 2012 2:45 PM

    As a Redskins fan i’m glad to have Raheem as our Db’s coach.

  20. MichaelEdits says: Apr 5, 2012 3:12 PM

    It’s hard not to run a tighter ship than Raheem Morris. He always was a bit laissez-faire.

  21. cbreezy80 says: Apr 5, 2012 3:24 PM

    Raheem is by far not the worse coach in the nfl!
    How soon everyone forgets that this guy was a coach
    of the year candidate the year of the 10-6 season, so with that said I don’t believe that guy forgot how to
    coach the next following year 4-12! Maybe if the
    front office didn’t get the BIG HEAD & went out and got some free agents after the 10-6 season just maybe
    raheem would still be here in Tampa!

  22. snookau says: Apr 6, 2012 8:10 AM

    Oh the 10-6 season? Riiiiiight. You mean the season where the Bucs only beat 1 team with a winning record? That’s the same one where Freeman had to bring his anemic offense back to win 6 games that year. Could’ve easily been 4-12 that year too. Raheem Morris a joke.

    Do you even realize that HIS defense of 2011 was WORSE than the 1976 Bucs? Amazing considering how many 1st and 2nd round picks he had on his defense. And how much of a joke the expansion process was in 1976.

    Raheem is the WORST coach in Bucs history. Period.

    Oh, and if you claim “I was there for 0-26”, most likely you weren’t.

    As for you Redskins fans…. Good luck with Raheem. He actually IS a good DB coach. But that’s about it. As for your general manager Bruce Allen, he’s a joke, too. Drafted 1 Pro Bowler in his time in Tampa. Have fun with your wannabe Cam Newton QB next year.

  23. goodguyattorney says: Apr 6, 2012 3:33 PM

    Actually sookua, I was in old Tampa Stadium for the first home win against the St. Louis Cardinals when we tore down the goalposts. That was my senior year in HS. I was there for 0-26. Raheem was bad, but we’ve had worse.

  24. nickellbag says: Apr 6, 2012 4:53 PM

    Hey eagle fan, remember when Ronde had a pic six to finish the nfc championship running down the field pointing to his back because thats all you could see. Just sayin

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