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Greg Schiano: 99.9 percent of practice plays are permissible

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A report of hitting during OTAs has made its way to Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano and Schiano responded Wednesday by saying that he and his coaches teach the players the right way to practice in the offseason.

Mike Florio shared what Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune said during a radio appearance about what Cumming saw — “I’ll tell you what, Greg Schiano is right on the border of getting investigated and possibly — I don’t know if they would fine him, I don’t know what the penalty is — but these guys are out there, they’re hitting.” — during a portion of practice open to the media that included a fight between tackle Jeremy Zuttah and defensive tackle Akeem Spence. OTA practices are non-contact and teams that violate that rule can lose practice days or incur fines from the league.

Schiano stressed that the team is shown training videos about the right way to practice and that the coaching staff does everything it can to enforce them. He also admitted that there are moments when players trying to make an impression cross the line, referencing the Zuttah-Spence fight, but that isn’t because the team isn’t playing by the rules. .

“I’m very confident that our practice tempo is 99.9 percent the plays are permissible. … So we’re playing 11-on-11 football but you use your hands and you use your feet and what we try to do is stay on edges and work with our hands and feet and then everything is tag tempo, so we tag off on ballcarriers,” Schiano said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “To say with 22 people on the field, they try to get out of the way when they tag off, do they sometimes run into each other? Yeah, it happens. But clearly in watching the training videos, I feel confident that we’re doing it the right way. I’m very big on (how) I expect them to do things on and off the field and it’s no different for me. There are rules set by the NFL and I’m expected to follow them and I do everything I can to.”

The Seahawks were stripped of two practice days last year for violating the rules on contact. We’ll likely find out soon if the league decides the Buccaneers are deserving of the same punishment.

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27 Responses to “Greg Schiano: 99.9 percent of practice plays are permissible”
  1. jcmeyer10 says: May 29, 2013 2:35 PM

    They are more likely to be stripped of practice days because their socks don’t match.

  2. rayburns says: May 29, 2013 2:37 PM

    It’s not the 99.9 percent that gets you in trouble….

  3. swashbucklin says: May 29, 2013 2:38 PM

    So they’re still planning on blowing up the victory formation for no good reason is what he’s trying to say

  4. fumblenuts says: May 29, 2013 2:40 PM

    Toes on the line!!

  5. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 29, 2013 2:43 PM

    I’m surprised to hear that Seattle got caught cheating.

  6. whatnojets says: May 29, 2013 2:44 PM

    How’s Revis Pevis doing???
    Did he at least show up for the OTA as a sideline visitor or is he already acting up???

  7. liquidmuse says: May 29, 2013 2:46 PM

    Hey Swash—behind one score with seconds on the clock @ their 30 is a good reason to blow up the Victory…nice try though.

  8. michaeljacksonisback says: May 29, 2013 2:46 PM

    What a snitch

  9. biggestsaintsfanever says: May 29, 2013 2:49 PM

    Fine them 500,000 $, take away 2 draft picks, and hand out 77+ suspensions. That will teach them to obey the great RG.

  10. makimaguro says: May 29, 2013 2:57 PM

    Might want to shoot for 100% Mr. Schiano.

  11. modhairken says: May 29, 2013 2:58 PM

    Cummings is a jackass

  12. jack3dsd says: May 29, 2013 3:07 PM

    soon players won’t be able to tag eachother in practice tagging will be reserved for game day

  13. hedleykow says: May 29, 2013 3:09 PM

    Schiano always comes off as a schmuck. I can’t buy into the idea that he can establish a winning culture in Tampa Bay, when he presents himself as a common meat head like he always does.

    I feel the pain of the Bucs players.

  14. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: May 29, 2013 3:23 PM

    Why doesn’t the league just hire people to monitor each team’s practices? It’s not like they can’t afford it.

  15. paulitik74 says: May 29, 2013 3:25 PM

    That’s like saying, 99.9% of the women he sleeps with are of age. Not much of a defense there Schiano.

  16. thestrategyexpert says: May 29, 2013 3:26 PM

    So since he seems to have such a profound understanding of what’s going on, please make that percentage more specific and accurate and tell us what number would go into the 2nd decimal position considering it sounds like you have already done the math and determined which players were ok and which ones were not?

  17. officialgame says: May 29, 2013 3:26 PM

    The thing is the 0.1% should get Schiano stripped of practice days since his job is to make sure it’s done right 100%.

  18. purplepride74 says: May 29, 2013 3:26 PM

    Ha! That 0.1% is going to cost you!

  19. westampa says: May 29, 2013 3:27 PM

    So all the players have to do is play a little too hard & get in a few fights and they get a few days off!

  20. onbucky96 says: May 29, 2013 3:30 PM

    .1 is still illegal. No contact means no contact.

  21. petedutcher says: May 29, 2013 3:32 PM

    hedleykow says:
    “Schiano always comes off as a schmuck.”

    With all due respect, you are wrong. Greg Schiano is earning the respect of his players while trying to turn the team around. If you knew anything you would be aware that the OTAs have been very impressive this off season.

    The player are more sure and have a win now attitude. That’s why they are so aggressive. You fans of other teams will deserve what you get if your team plays the Bucs this year.

    And nothing at all wrong with the Schiano policy with Victory Formations. After the first time teams accept it and it has become the norm with the Bucs.

    Eat crow, suckers.

  22. shogunassasin30 says: May 29, 2013 3:45 PM

    Cummings is a snitch. Why would a local reporter drop that on a radio show? Rat. He prob won’t be allowed to visit Bucs practices anymore and not only that may have ruined it for his own colleagues as well as far as being allowed to watch OTA’s etc. It’s not a right. It’s a privilege, and he should be thankful that the Bucs allow rats like him to even watch practice.

  23. larrydavid7000 says: May 29, 2013 3:46 PM

    And I think your 99.9 a liar. coach.

  24. evilglazers666 says: May 29, 2013 3:51 PM

    He still hasn’t gotten fired? I’m impressed!

  25. bkiser1981 says: May 29, 2013 4:01 PM

    I thought the victory formation blow up was ridiculous. I hope it does not happen ( I am a panthers fan, but hate to see anyone get hurt ) but someone is gonna get hurt if they keep playing dirty. I am sure it the coach telling them to do it. It shows a lack of class.

  26. jetsjetsjetsnow says: May 29, 2013 4:57 PM

    It’s funny how we barely hear anything about Revis now that he’s not a Jet!

  27. uglyglazers says: May 31, 2013 7:40 AM

    Last year,

    They managed to beat:

    Panthers,
    Chiefs,
    Vikings,
    Raiders,
    Chargers,
    Panthers,
    Falcons (Final week which Atlanta secured playoff spot and had no effort in the meaningless game)

    This year they Play Carolina, Miami and Buffalo. They could get a few wins there!

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