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Greg Schiano: I don’t want to be least penalized team in NFL

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One of the criticisms of the Buccaneers when Raheem Morris was the coach was that the team wasn’t disciplined enough.

They had the fourth-most penalties in the league last season, losing lots of yardage the team couldn’t afford to lose since so many other things were going wrong on the field. Since Greg Schiano took over as head coach, there’s been a lot of talk about a more disciplined approach from the top down. That doesn’t mean Schiano wants his team to drastically cut down on penalties, though.

“It’s a fine line between being a physical, aggressive football team and getting a flag. You gotta be careful. I don’t ever want to be the least penalized team in the league, because I don’t think you’re trying hard enough then,” Schiano said in an interview with WDAE in Tampa, via SportsRadioInterviews.com. “But I certainly do want to be in the top 10. That’s where you should be. You should be — five through 10 is a great place to be as a penalized team.”

Schiano recognizes that there isn’t actually a line between being a physical team and getting a flag. If you want to play the aggressive style that Schiano has been preaching, there are going to be penalty flags thrown in the course of a game. Schiano was really drawing the line between penalties like lining up offside or losing your temper and those that come when “you’re playing hard and you happen to fly over the top and hit somebody out of the hit zone.”

He can’t penalize players for the latter if he’s asking them to play a certain way. The league can, but that sounds like a problem Schiano is willing to deal with.

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16 Responses to “Greg Schiano: I don’t want to be least penalized team in NFL”
  1. yelix says: Aug 15, 2012 5:52 PM

    Green Bay was the least penalized team in the NFL in 2011, and they were 15-1. But Indianapolis was the second-least penalized team, and they were 2-14. So I guess it doesn’t affect wins as much as I initially thought.

  2. mwindle1973 says: Aug 15, 2012 5:54 PM

    That’s the proper coaching standard. Deal with the effort mistakes, and curse the mental errors.

  3. hulkh0gansays says: Aug 15, 2012 5:55 PM

    That’s nice Greggy, but you have nothing, nothing on King Shanahan and his franchise star & probowl QB RG3!

  4. mataug says: Aug 15, 2012 5:57 PM

    false starts, illegal formation, wasting time, offsides, too many men on the field – nothing aggressive about them, just boneheaded stuff

  5. yinzgotsix says: Aug 15, 2012 6:04 PM

    Schiano is exactly what this team needed. This defense will be physical led by Mason Foster who is an absolute beast.

  6. crawfish2011 says: Aug 15, 2012 6:06 PM

    This dude is a fraud.. Be week 8 when the Bucs are 1-7 he will wish he was playing Navy and South Florida. Greg Shciano what you gonna do when Drew Brees and the Saints put up 50 pts on YOU!!!

  7. fdugrad says: Aug 15, 2012 6:15 PM

    That philosophy seems to be a rather strange one for a HC to embrace.

  8. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Aug 15, 2012 6:22 PM

    Schiano wants a brand of HARD-NOSED football in Tampa. If I’m in Tampa, I am loving his fire.

  9. fsf7 says: Aug 15, 2012 6:45 PM

    crawfish2011 says: Aug 15, 2012 6:06 PM

    This dude is a fraud.. Be week 8 when the Bucs are 1-7 he will wish he was playing Navy and South Florida. Greg Shciano what you gonna do when Drew Brees and the Saints put up 50 pts on YOU!!!
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    On what basis do you label him a fraud? Do you even know what the word means? You certainly don’t have have a grasp on basic grammar:

    Be week 8?
    Shciano – you can’t even spell the guy’s name correctly when all you have to do is scroll up?

    I’m not a Tampa fan, but BY week 8, the Bucs will have only played 7 games considering their bye week (making your 1-7 prediction impossible), I am willing to bet it’s more likely that Greg Schiano will be working hard to prepare the Bucs to play the Vikings (the same way that Tampa won a game 26-20 last year in week 6 – do you remember that?) and he will not be reciting 25 year old pro wrestling catch phrases.

    Curious though – whatcha gonna do if the week before that, Drew Brees and the Saints lose to the Bucs like they have every year, at least once since 2007 (when they were swept?)

  10. tampa2wo says: Aug 15, 2012 6:47 PM

    crawfish2011 says:
    Aug 15, 2012 6:06 PM

    “This dude is a fraud.. Be week 8 when the Bucs are 1-7 he will wish he was playing Navy and South Florida. Greg Shciano what you gonna do when Drew Brees and the Saints put up 50 pts on YOU!!!”

    Drew Brees and the (S)Ain’ts can throw up as many points as they want. The fact is Tampa and New Orleans have split their match-ups every year since 2008, with the exception of 2007 when Tampa won both games that year.

  11. thedownwardspiral says: Aug 15, 2012 6:55 PM

    This franchise is terrible. And irrelevant. Can’t sell out their stadium when the sport is at its most popular. They’re the equivalent of the NFL JV team. The only good reason to click on their headlines here is to get a good chuckle. See above.

    What a bunch of boneheads.

  12. stevenfbrackett says: Aug 15, 2012 7:13 PM

    Is there something wrong with following the rules? Sure sounds like you think so.

    You do know that penalties can cost you games, right? Huge difference between 3rd and 2 and 3rd and 17, especially in the second half.

  13. bennyb82 says: Aug 15, 2012 7:46 PM

    So far Greg Schiano has said and done all the right things but if that doesnt translate into wins, he will just be another college coach that couldnt make it in the pros.

  14. shian11 says: Aug 15, 2012 8:18 PM

    How quickly people forget they went 10-6 a little over a year ago and they lost a point tie breaker with green bay who went on to win a Super Bowl that same year. That’s right, the irrelevant Tampa bay buccaneers were a 3rd tie breaker from keeping Arron Rodgers out of the playoffs and making him into Matt Ryan. The Bucs are irrelevant, but the panthers are America’s new team when they went 6-10 last year with 2 wins over Bucs, 1 win over jags and 1 win over colts. We will see what happens this year as Bucs open with 4 out of 5 vs NFC north

  15. rmc1995 says: Aug 15, 2012 8:25 PM

    An offensive hold is a great play. First and twenty is better than second and 17, plus holds are often missed or ignored. Green Bay, Saints, Pats, Colts have used this philosophy for years. First, great QBs don’t sweat 1 and 20. Second, the league is more interested in protected celebrated QBs than calling holds.

    Defensive holding for a five yards is much better than a TD.

  16. chrisdacommish says: Aug 15, 2012 9:28 PM

    . The Bucs are irrelevant, but the panthers are America’s new team when they went 6-10 last year with 2 wins over Bucs, 1 win over jags and 1 win over colts. We will see what happens this year as Bucs open with 4 out of 5 vs NFC north

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    actually, Bucs open with 3/4 vs NFC East, then a bye then KC….
    Wk 1 Carolina
    Wk 2 @NY Giants
    Wk 3 @ Dallas
    Wk 4 Washington
    Wk 5 BYE
    Wk 6 Kansas City

    My Bucs are in for some tough games those first 4 weeks…. Where the hell is that last place schedule ? Geeeez

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