Bowers admits Schiano got to him mentally


Last year, Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano pushed defensive end Da’Quan Bowers like old-school coaches do.  It didn’t work.

“It’s not all about the injuries,” Bowers said regarding his poor performance, via by way of  “I let other reasons get to me mentally. It was Schiano.  He got to me mentally, and I couldn’t bounce back for some reason.  I blame myself though.  I couldn’t push through it mentally.  It taught me something and I’m a better person and a better player because of that.”

So what does the 2011 second-round pick plan to do about it?

“I’m at a point in my career where it’s time to make plays,” Bowers said.  “It’s time to shine.  I’ve been mediocre my whole life here.  It’s time for me to take that spotlight and just play to the best of my ability and stop selling myself short and this organization short.”

That’s not all that different from what Schiano said in 2013 about Bowers.  But Schiano apparently didn’t realize that the manner in which he was pushing Bowers’ buttons eventually was causing more harm than good.

“I want to see him play hard play after play after play after play,” Schiano said last year at this time.  “He needs to string together some plays where he’s going at a high level.”

Schiano eventually put Daniel Te’o-Nesheim above Bowers on the depth chart.

Of course that will push me,” Bowers said at the time.  “My ultimate goal is not to be the second-team defensive end, it’s to be a starter.  If that’s his way of pushing me, I acknowledge that and I’m trying to do something about it.”

A year later, Bowers is still trying to do something about it.  And he’s running out of time.

30 responses to “Bowers admits Schiano got to him mentally

  1. This is such crap. Was Schiano a bad coach? Yes. Did Schiano ‘help’ make Freeman crazy? Yes, IMO. But Cheeseburger Bowers is just lazy. Was Cheeseburger so out of shape just a month ago that he was called out by his line coach? Yes. And Schiano has not been around for 6 months.

  2. In the NFL, it’s the coaches job to use any number of motivational styles to get the most out of each player. If you’re not a people person, you’d better have a bunch on your staff, or you’ll lose the locker room fast. Schiano found out the hard way.

  3. Nobody and I mean nobody says ” I’m a better person because of it” than NFL players… It’s and old and tired adage they just mouth to hear themselves think…

  4. I had a feeling that Greg Schiano was going to fail when he took the job with Tampa Bay.

    I had two classmates accept scholarships to play at Rutgers and both played three seasons and enjoyed his style of coaching. Both enjoyed the fact that he was stern and would get in their face when they made mistakes.

    However, in the professional league, when players are making more than the coaches, the level of respect needs to be earned before accepting such criticism. Old-school mentality doesn’t work as much nowadays.

    You hear about how Tom Coughlin had to change and how Bill Parcells had to take it down a couple notches. Today’s athletes don’t take to the screaming and yelling as much as they did in the past in my opinion.

  5. Bowers couldn’t put it together when Schiano was coach, and he still hasn’t with Lovie as coach. Would love to see the guy finally turn it on, but he’s had a few years to prove himself and hasn’t been able/willing to.

    That being said, Schiano didn’t push anybody’s buttons the right way, because Schiano SUCKED.

  6. I liked his play@Clemson and thought he had/has huge potential, injuries and other things have hampered his development thus far. Going from possibly the 1st ovr pick, then to the slide that far I thought he would have a big chip n ball out.
    He still has the physical tools to be a very good player & I hope he puts it all together and has a breakout season. He reminds me alittle bit of M.Bennet the DE the Bucs let walk to Seattle a cpl yrs ago. Size, strength, speed wise. Play DE on 1&2-then versatile enough to rush inside on 3rd(M.Johnson,McCoy,Bowers,Claybrn?) Idk abt other Bucs DE’s, I’m a Philly fan just hoping this guy plays up to his potential. Good Luck down there, Lovie will make a HUGE impact&immediate upgrade over Schiano who thought he could coach/treat Revis,McCoy n co. Like they were Rutgers Red-Shirts, that attitude does not work in the NFL and won’t work bc they’re not 18-but Grown men making millions of dollars.
    Good Luck Bucs & D.Bowers

  7. greg schiano coaching record:

    68 wins – 67 losses at Rutgers (28-48 in conference play)

    11 wins – 21 losses at Tampa Bay

  8. In a difficult profession like football, no one deserves full blown respect unless/until they’ve earned it–not Schiano, not Bowers, not anyone. I’ve never understood why some people think they can just treat someone like a dog and that’s okay. On the other hand, it makes no sense to give anything less than your best at all times if you’re getting paid as much as these people are making. Both of these guys have issues, it seems. Neither of them are achieving great success in their profession, so obviously they have some things to work on.

  9. It would be interesting to find out exactly why Bowers hasn’t produced well so far, and I wonder if he ever mentioned his concerns to Schiano at the time. It can be very intimidating for a new player to speak up to a coach, but if it’s not working out then somebody needs to figure that out whether the coach realizing his methods aren’t working as hoped, or the player speaking up and saying they are really uncomfortable and not optimistic that progress is being made. Then you can sort things out and fix them or clarify them.

    Something definitely went horribly wrong last year, as evidenced by the fact that Bowers only had 206 DEF snaps and 11 ST snaps.

    At least he has finally aired these concerns so the new coaches can be sure to not make the same mistakes and to adjust to a way that gives Bowers his best chance to develop and become a good player. The good thing is that now that he has finally opened up and communicated about his problems/concerns, there is awareness of them and a disclosure of his desire to be better. There should be no reason for the new coaches to either help him become a star or figure out for sure if he is a bust.

    Come 2015 I think he will be in the rightful spot that he belongs with no doubt about it, all that’s left to determine is if his new best friend is a coach or a couch.

  10. I’m not saying I would have liked to play under Schiano, but a lot of people are invoking his name regarding their own shortcomings.

    A little too convenient.

  11. Things to pack for training camp:

    1. toothbrush – check
    2. extra underwear – check
    3. NFL approved vitamins and supplements – check
    4. excuses for past poor performance – check
    5. preparing the blame for this season’s poor play on former coaches – working on it.

  12. Why all the Haters? Give this guy a chance. He had injuries and had his chance to prove himself as a starter taken away from him by a coach he didn’t like. He himself admits he hasn’t been great. Why not a career year?

  13. Like, three different people here have gotten all over this kid for “blaming someone else” when the quote from the article CLEARLY says he blames himself for not handling what Schiano threw at him.

    I thought Bowers actually gave a pretty mature and articulate self-assessment, rather than trying to foist blame off on someone else,

    Whether he can actually do anything about it and step his game up remains to be seen.

  14. Don’t get down on yourself, Schiano screwed EVERYONE mentally. He singlehandedly managed to clusterf-ck the entire organization in 4-6 weeks this time last year.

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