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Greg Schiano plans to loosen the reins in Year Two


When Greg Schiano became the head coach in Tampa, he talked a lot about establishing a new culture around the Buccaneers.

That culture included a lot of new rules and regulations for the players, leading to some reports of chafing from players as the year progressed. Schiano said Friday that there will still be discipline around the Bucs in his second year, but that he will back off on some of the ways he went “overboard” in his first year while he was making sure that the culture he wanted took root on the team.

“Oh, just some mandatory things I don’t think grown men need,” Schiano said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “Take mandatory meals. If a guy is meeting his weight — we have goal weights a guy has to meet each week — if a guy is meeting his weight, I don’t think they need any of our staff making sure they check in for breakfast and for lunch. They’re grown men, they’re professional athletes. But again, we had to establish a culture of accountability. But now they understand. And if your weight isn’t where it’s supposed to be, you will get checked in.”

Schiano talked about the players from last year’s team helping to instill Schiano’s values on newcomers to the roster, allowing him to be less draconian in his measures while still making sure that things are being done the way he prefers. The Bucs improved by three wins last season despite having the league’s worst pass defense. If Schiano can pull off a similar jump in 2013, there will probably be a lot fewer questions about the effectiveness of his methods.

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18 Responses to “Greg Schiano plans to loosen the reins in Year Two”
  1. allidoiswin55 says: Feb 23, 2013 9:43 AM

    He better or he’ll loose players. When your not winning and your arrogant and bossy people won’t play hard for you. It’s a shame bc they should take pride in their work but true and if they don’t play better boom there goes your job.

    This team can surprise some people next season they have the offensive talent need role players and depth in the secondary to make a push.

    -from an Seahawks fan

  2. thelastpieceofcheese says: Feb 23, 2013 10:22 AM

    The only culture he established was a culture of losing!

  3. CKL says: Feb 23, 2013 10:35 AM

    The best coaches are adaptable to an extent. Good for him.

  4. georgegregory63 says: Feb 23, 2013 11:30 AM

    There weren’t really too many “questions about the effectiveness of his methods”, as you put it, from people who watched the team closely.

  5. fuglyflorio says: Feb 23, 2013 11:31 AM

    This guy is a complete toolbag.

  6. sportsmeccabi says: Feb 23, 2013 11:46 AM

    So maybe the players will wait until week 9 instead of week 8 to quit again?

  7. rhinojr says: Feb 23, 2013 12:28 PM

    I promise you that this guy knows what he can do better, his players and his coaches. He is much like Tom Coughlin and might “rub” some players the wrong way, but when necessary he will change his tactics as needed.

    This guy is a DAMN good coach. Time will prove that.

  8. pb420 says: Feb 23, 2013 12:35 PM


    Maybe they can quit after they sweep the panthers. You know, like what happened this past season.


    Whose the toolbag that has to come onto a football blog to post that? I’m sure he really is concerned about how you feel about him. You hear that? Your mom is calling, the meatloaf is ready. You can come up from the basement now.

  9. bucinnj says: Feb 23, 2013 12:40 PM

    Tampa Bay had a lot of players in 2011 with poor attitudes that needed to go.

    The team got rid of a handful of players and that was just the beginning of the new direction for this franchise.

    The Bucs still have a long way to go. The team has some talented players but very little depth.

    As a fan, I’m very excited to see what the future holds. That said, they are still at the early stages of building the type of team that can be a perennial contender.

  10. sportsmeccabi says: Feb 23, 2013 12:44 PM


    Both games were played in the first half is why. Just as the year before the panthers swept them because it was the second half.

    It wasn’t a jab, just an observation of fact, these players are bums in the second half just as Carolina plays terribly in the first half (although this year I would say it was just rotten luck in the closing moments of games).

  11. musicman495 says: Feb 23, 2013 1:16 PM

    Does this mean any reduction of cheap shots on kneel down plays?

  12. canadianbucsfan says: Feb 23, 2013 1:27 PM

    Were not where we want to be yet, but the team is heading in the right direction. Happy to hear that Schiano is willing to adapt.

  13. turbo2728 says: Feb 23, 2013 1:35 PM

    Schiano did a great job last year for us. After Raheem we needed discipline and structure. Throughout last season he repeatedly said that it was easier to loosen the discipline than tighten it as he went. I’ve not been as excited about a Bucs team in a long time.

  14. thesmartestmanever says: Feb 23, 2013 1:54 PM

    it’s funny to hear bucs fan hype their team when they won’t even fill the stadium. and it’s not a big stadium. I kind of understand not going to the trop to watch the Rays because that whole area is surrounded by crackheads. except for Ferg’s but you guys won’t fill your football stadium for a playoff game. so until you show real support for your team I’m only giving you partial credit for your comments

  15. bucinnj says: Feb 23, 2013 2:28 PM

    @thesmartestmanever Thank you. We truly hope to redeem ourselves in your eyes as we strive to receive full credit.

  16. noobbloghaxor22 says: Feb 25, 2013 4:05 PM


    You’re right about our fan base and our poor attempts to fill the stadium. Fortunately along with the smart investment of Schiano and his coaching staff the front office has also improved their local and regional marketing strategies.

    Give it a few years for change to take place. We have gained fans from Rutgers, we are regaining Fans from the Bucs circa 2002 and will continue to gain newcomers as this Regime takes control of their destiny in the years to come.

    I’m a strong believer in Schiano and I hope that our fan base shows the respect that they should.

  17. thesmartestmanever says: Feb 25, 2013 4:35 PM

    thank you for being honest. I too hope that the Bucs org. is finally serious about investing into it’s own destiny. as I hope to see that stadium full of fans. I may not be a bucs fan but I used to sell corn in Florida until it became to expensive….. how expensive was it? about a buccaneer. that never gets old. you have my respect sir.

  18. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Feb 25, 2013 9:20 PM

    This coach is a complete control freak. Probably had their bathroom visits on a schedule.

    After near mutiny during the season, he thought he may try a lighter approach now. Good call coach.

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