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Schiano confirms he monitors meeting-room temperatures

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Peter King of SI.com recently published a story that alluded to new Bucs coach Greg Schiano’s control-freakish insistence on monitoring the precise room temperature of hotel team meetings for road games while Schiano coached at Rutgers.

Interviewed by NFL.com’s Albert Breer, Schiano confirmed the story and explained himself.

“If you’ve ever been with a group of men in a meeting room, you know that if you put 70 guys in a room, the temperature goes up right away,” Schiano said. “That might make it harder to focus, if you’re worried about trying not to suffocate.

“Those are the details most people don’t tend to. I don’t know if I put more on that than anyone else, but I make sure we’re thorough. You can bitch about the stuff when it doesn’t go right. Or you can get out in front of it.”

Schiano has brought his meticulous, detail-oriented style to Tampa Bay, and he thinks it’ll work.

“We’re all men here with different roles — mine is head coach and theirs are as players,” Schiano explained. “It’s demanding, what we’re asking, it’s not easy, but it’s the best thing. … The buy-in has been great, they’ve been working incredibly hard. We gave them off this week, and we’ll come back with OTAs and the minicamp.

“But so far, the guys have been excellent. It was a change for them, but we didn’t just do it to do it. We explain to them the reasoning, and once they hear that, they get it. Hey, they want to win.”

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  1. essentialsausage says: May 31, 2012 6:13 PM

    All reasonable statements.

  2. dasportsninja says: May 31, 2012 6:23 PM

    That’s a Good Idea…Now only if I can Find a way to turn the heat up way too high in the opposing locker room! Certainly not spy-gate, but maybe it will work! Signed, Bill Belichick.

  3. dawglb says: May 31, 2012 6:24 PM

    Details. They all matter. Find the players that don’t think they do (matter), and get rid of ‘em. Nice job, Coach! Wishing you success in your tenure in Tampa!

  4. mike83ri says: May 31, 2012 6:24 PM

    Best HC hire this off-season.

  5. footballfanatic1906 says: May 31, 2012 6:25 PM

    Enjoy. College is not the pros and when your players make more than you it makes for a lovely rebellion.

  6. footballchamp says: May 31, 2012 6:26 PM

    I like it. Seems very thorough. Tampa seems to be on a good path. Should be an interesting team to watch.

  7. nineroutsider says: May 31, 2012 6:29 PM

    This may sound crazy…but I’m starting to like this guy. Guys that focus on details win. Not to say that room temperature matters that much, but consider how that might translate into his football coaching. If he can scheme well he can win in this league.

  8. paulitik74 says: May 31, 2012 6:30 PM

    Bobby Petrino 2.0. OCD coach who will treat grown men like children.

    Good luck with that Bucs.

  9. FinFan68 says: May 31, 2012 6:30 PM

    “You can bitch about the stuff when it doesn’t go right or you can get out in front of it… It was a change for them, but we didn’t just do it to do it. We explain to them the reasoning, and once they hear that, they get it.”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Amen. Hopefully he coaches/motivates as well as he sounds. Bucs may have a keeper

  10. astrosfan75956 says: May 31, 2012 6:33 PM

    It won’t work.

  11. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins says: May 31, 2012 6:36 PM

    I’d say you can definitely tell that it’s May/June when you get stories like this, but these are the kinds of hard hitting, in your face questions that Peter King would ask any time of the year.

  12. buffaloniner says: May 31, 2012 6:41 PM

    Adjusting room temperature to ones liking?? Temperature effecting comfort level?? This is insanity!!

  13. EJ says: May 31, 2012 6:46 PM

    Schiano will do well in Tampa. I want to bring up something that has been on my mind about the pay rates of players vs coaches in the NFL. Its true, most players on an NFL team make more money than the guy who is responsible for them, who gives them orders, who stays 50 extra hours a week to make sure all is well, the Head Coach. Why is that? Why is the guy in charge not making better money? In any other place of employment, as you go up the ladder, you usually make more, much more, but not in the NFL.
    Rodger Goodell needs to put in some sort of rule that the Head Coach should make the average pay of his 53 man roster. Why not, the Head Coach is responsible for what happens on and off the field with his players. With more responsibility should come more money, IMO. Anyone else agree?

  14. schmitty2 says: May 31, 2012 6:46 PM

    Good idea but what’s he going to do when they are practicing outside in the middle of July?

  15. dldove77 says: May 31, 2012 6:52 PM

    Any head coach worth his salt is making someone else take care of conference room tempature while he’s busy worrying about…you know, football. This guy is a joke.

  16. jakek2 says: May 31, 2012 7:07 PM

    Not impressive. Coughlin requires the temperature to be 5 degrees cooler before the meeting even starts. If it’s not, he fines the Fahrenheit estate.

  17. bucnbutfan says: May 31, 2012 7:16 PM

    Hey @schmitty2, they are Not talking about making a warm meeting room you Dunce? They are practicing in high temperatures now, and will continue to do so. The meaning of the article is that he will make sure that the the room is Cool and Chilled comfortably so the players are awake and attentive. Zing…get it. He knows to avoid the atmospere of hot uncomfortable, sweaty stinky players having trouble paying attention for an important meeting.

    When they come in from practices in July and August they will have brisk meeting rooms at 65 degrees to relax and still concentrate in!

  18. mattjay0101 says: May 31, 2012 7:16 PM

    I’m shock that this isn’t a story about Nick Fairley being a loser.

  19. professorcolumbus says: May 31, 2012 7:19 PM

    paulitik74 says:
    May 31, 2012 6:30 PM
    Bobby Petrino 2.0. OCD coach who will treat grown men like children.

    ______

    Here is a guy who know nothing about either Bobby Petrino or Greg Schiano. How does being detail oriented and demanding equal “treating grown men like children?” Petrinowas disliked because, among many other things, he wouldn’t even speak with his players half the time. He kept his door closed. Schiano has been lauded for being open, straightforward and honest, by players and anyone who meets him.

    *derp, derp, derp* Hey, this guy was a college coach and now he’s coachin’ on some team or other I don’t foller. I herd o’ some other guy once who was a college coach, so I’s gonna say that one is like the other! *derp, derp, derp*

  20. mattyk72 says: May 31, 2012 7:22 PM

    I wish someone would monitor the damn temperature in my office. Is it just me or are woman cold blooded? Put on a freakin’ sweater already and stop complaining.

  21. 14fairways says: May 31, 2012 7:35 PM

    Its true, most players on an NFL team make more money than … , the Head Coach.

    ***********

    no, it’s not true. Yeah, Vincent Jackson makes more money than Schiano, Tom Brady makes more than Belichek, Peyton Manning makes more than Fox, etc, every team has a few, but which team has more than half the players making more money than the HC? can you name one, or five, or “most”,

    … or, will you just keep making up statistics?

  22. mullman7675 says: May 31, 2012 7:39 PM

    Have a belief and follow through. It may not always work out, but if the intent is pure, you always win. Through triumph or the experience of failure, there is wisdom to be gleaned from both.

  23. thegreatgabbert says: May 31, 2012 7:42 PM

    He goes into a rage when the forks are set on the right hand side of the plate with the knife and spoon to the left.

  24. jcg23 says: May 31, 2012 8:25 PM

    I don’t see an issue with this. Not sure why anyone would really. The temperature effects focus in a meeting. To much either way and you have folks going to sleep or unable to focus on anything but their swamp ass.

  25. silverhornet says: May 31, 2012 8:57 PM

    too bad Tampa doesn’t play in a dome

  26. skinsfantom says: May 31, 2012 9:12 PM

    just a sorry ass skins fan here but i think the guy will do a good job.

  27. schmitty2 says: May 31, 2012 9:12 PM

    bucnbutfan says:
    May 31, 2012 7:16 PM
    Hey @schmitty2, they are Not talking about making a warm meeting room you Dunce? They are practicing in high temperatures now, and will continue to do so. The meaning of the article is that he will make sure that the the room is Cool and Chilled comfortably so the players are awake and attentive. Zing…get it. He knows to avoid the atmospere of hot uncomfortable, sweaty stinky players having trouble paying attention for an important meeting.

    When they come in from practices in July and August they will have brisk meeting rooms at 65 degrees to relax and still concentrate in!

    You call me a Dunce but end it with a question mark–so who’s the real dunce here? I was making a joke as if to say “Too bad he can’t make it cold outside too” I realize your a Buc’s homer and need EVERY bit of good news you can get but chill out dude

  28. mikeyz6 says: May 31, 2012 9:21 PM

    so tampa bay hired an HVAC guy.. niiice

  29. pb420 says: May 31, 2012 9:37 PM

    It’s quite obvious that there are some fans out there that can’t stand the fact that Tampa Bay no longer has a pushover coach with lax requirements for the players. I applaud Schiano on his methods thus far, as I’m sure most Tampa fans do as well. It’s nice to see attention to detail, as it usually transfers to wins in the long haul. I think Schiano has gained respect without “treating the players like children.” What a ridiculous comparison, paulitik74. Seriously, go read a book.

  30. vdaigglesfan says: May 31, 2012 10:03 PM

    He must have been watching the thermometer more than the scoreboard. I am amazed by the “great hire” hype surrounding this guy. 68-67 in 11 years at Rutgers. 20 games under .500 in the Big East. 4 winning seasons in conference, twice tying for second. A couple of crappy, third tier bowl wins. Never beat WVU. Yeah it’s Rutgers, but they was playing Buffalo and New Hampshire not LSU and Bama. This guy cost Rutgers any possibility of ever getting into the Big 10 or ACC. Rutgers is lucky to be rid of him.

  31. bucforever says: May 31, 2012 10:07 PM

    I really don’t know why all the talk about “control freak” has got to do with the temperature of meeting rooms. I have been going to sales and training meetings off and on for the past forty years and most every speaker has the room as cold as possible. This is not so much for our comfort but to keep anybody from dozing off. I have learned to just bring a jacket.

  32. nerdyturdy says: May 31, 2012 10:31 PM

    essentialsausage says:
    May 31, 2012 6:13 PM
    All reasonable statements.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Why is this a story? I completely agree with the first poster. Making a headline out of nothing.

  33. cooper7r says: May 31, 2012 10:37 PM

    Sounds like when Mangini came in and took over the Browns. He swept in, changing everything from wall color to locker assignments. We liked some of the tactics he implemented. Fans bought in. Our team lacked focus, we thought he’d whip them into shape with his no nonsense attitude. But that’s all Mangini had, heavy handed tactics. No balance, the players saw through it, and most of us fans began to as well.

    If Shiano doesn’t find a way to measure these somewhat heavy handed things. They seem small, but they build, and they can pile up quickly, leading to bigger issues. He’ll find his way out of there in a couple years.

  34. sasquash20 says: May 31, 2012 11:14 PM

    It may seem silly but I think it is a smart idea. I have had meetings and conferences in rooms where everyone was too hot. And when that happens people do tend to lose focus. I must say I love the attention to detail.

  35. northlawhodat says: May 31, 2012 11:45 PM

    And he demands a explanation when someone messes with the thermostat!

  36. dmadras says: Jun 1, 2012 12:32 AM

    Not a big fan of his coaching assistants hire’s.

    Also, remember this was the Buc’s 2nd choice for HC.

    He definitely did some great things at Rutgers and is detail oriented indeed (a huge trait foa all coaches if they hope to succeed) I just question his direction with his staff if he really is detailed oriented.

  37. avo15 says: Jun 1, 2012 12:37 AM

    schiano, I love ya dawg!!!! i have faith in you. you don’t have to win right away but i know it will happen!!!

  38. hedleykow says: Jun 1, 2012 2:10 AM

    I think he just didn’t want to come out and say it that football players smell like feet and ass, so why add to the stench with extra sweat.

  39. shaunypoo says: Jun 1, 2012 8:11 AM

    As a UC fan, I always liked Schiano. Good overall coach with nice gameday instincts. Hope he does well.

    EJ says:
    May 31, 2012 6:46 PM
    Schiano will do well in Tampa. I want to bring up something that has been on my mind about the pay rates of players vs coaches in the NFL. Its true, most players on an NFL team make more money than the guy who is responsible for them, who gives them orders, who stays 50 extra hours a week to make sure all is well, the Head Coach. Why is that? Why is the guy in charge not making better money? In any other place of employment, as you go up the ladder, you usually make more, much more, but not in the NFL.
    Rodger Goodell needs to put in some sort of rule that the Head Coach should make the average pay of his 53 man roster. Why not, the Head Coach is responsible for what happens on and off the field with his players. With more responsibility should come more money, IMO. Anyone else agree?

    I don’t think that is a viable idea. People get paid what other people think they are worth. If people value coaches more than players, they get paid more than players. If coaches get paid the 53 man avarage, you will see alot of coaches want to overpay players to max out the cap, and alot more cheap owners paying little for starters to keep another salary down. Some coaches deserve more than others, let them earn it.

  40. riverdog1988 says: Jun 1, 2012 8:54 AM

    Not sure why this issue would receive so much press. Seems like common sense. 70 sweaty men in a closed environment; similar to that outdoor toilet in July.

  41. unlimitedcriticism says: Jun 1, 2012 2:16 PM

    Bill Belichick doesn’t monitor the thermostat. The thermostat adjusts itself to his liking out of respect.

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