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April 19, 2012 @ 2:25 pm
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Schiano Pleased With Progress Made Over The Last Three Days

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The Buccaneers wrapped up their first mini-camp under new head coach Greg Schiano Thursday afternoon. Schiano addressed the media and talked about several subjects including the linebacker position, the upcoming draft and what was accomplished over the past three days.
Did you accomplish all of your goals in this mini-camp?
“As a coach you never get done what you want to get done. There just aren’t enough hours. But I was really encouraged by the attitude of our guys and the energy level they brought to work everyday. If we continue to grow that all the other stuff will continue to grow.”

Where do you see linebacker Dekoda Watson fitting in?
“Well he is an explosive athlete, he really has great explosion. Where he is going to play? I don’t know. We have worked him at the linebacker positions. Different ones. He certainly has all the skills to be a tremendous special teams players as well. He can rush the passer. There are a lot of different things Dekoda can do. I think – and I talked to the squad about it – it is not only enough to get the right guys on the bus, but you have to get them in the right seats. And that is one of the things we are trying to work very hard at and that is to figure out who works where in our scheme. And do we have to adjust it because no one fits it. There is always more football than you need. So if we don’t have the fit right now, you put it on the shelf for if it ever is a fit again.”

Will Mason Foster continue to play middle linebacker?
“I want to sit down with the staff and really talk through it. These have been long days and at the end of the day we staff meet but we haven’t talked a lot of personnel. I thought he had a good three days. I’m not sure where all those linebackers will land. Mason played the Will (weakside) in college then he played the Mike (middle) last year. So I will have to go back and look at his college tapes – I have watched a few games – just to get a better feel. Because we are not back at this stuff until June so we have some time to really study it.”

Who did you work at weakside linebacker?
“We mixed it up, really. We had Quincy there a little bit. We had a bunch of guys there. We’re going to move them around right now. We can’t screw around for too long. It’s good to mess around and try guys at different spots, but then we have to lock in. So I really look forward to talking to the staff about that. And then there’s this thing a week from today, that draft thing, that might bring some new bodies here, too, then I think we can know better where we’re headed.”
What kind of impact can Vincent Jackson make on the receiving corps?
“I think Vincent Jackson is going to have a really good impact on everybody. He’s a real pro. He works very hard, he practices very hard and he’s very good. I like having him on our team. He brings an energy to practice as well as a playmaking ability. That’s exciting.
Did these three days allow you to answer the questions you prioritized?
“Some. When you don’t’ actually hit, which is such a big part of football, it’s hard to tell. My biggest desire was to make sure everybody left with the core principles of what was important to us as a coach staff and as an organization on the football end. I think that got across. Now we just have to keep going at it. And that’s a never-ending process. Schematically, there’s miles to go. There just aren’t enough hours to meet and walk through and do it, but the biggest thing I mentioned already is the way they worked and the excitement they brought to practice already, that to me was great. The effort was great.”
Did you make it through the mini-camp without any major injuries?
“We did. A couple of muscle pulls and that sort of thing. But we got through everything. It’s always worrisome because they want to go out there and play and their big tremendous athletes, but we don’t want to bump without pads on so you kind of hold your breath. But we got through it OK.”

How will your first draft day be working with Mark Dominik?
“Mark and I, from the beginning we've made it very clear we're just going to work together and we have done that. Along with Dennis Hickey we've spent countless hours watching tape and talking about it. Our whole scouting staff, our coaching staff has done evaluations. I think it's really very quickly become a good relationship with the scouting staff, the coaching staff, Mark, Dennis and I just kind of working at it. So I'm very comfortable with it. We formulate our opinions and then we run it by ownership and together we make organizational decisions and we know the kind of young men we want to bring here, not only as football players but as people. We're going to get Buccaneer men – as we say – guys who will do the things that we expect them to do and that have the talents to help us win championships. I think as long as you stay focused on that and don't get caught up in all the other stuff, you'll be fine.”

What’s your philosophy be on going with Claiborne or Richardson?
“Anything I say publicly about this puts us at a disadvantage. I’m going to tell you the truth if I answer the question, which I’m not going to. I’m not going to comment on draft stuff because I think it’s such a big thing. We have people scanning people’s websites, trying to find any clue and every other team in the league does the same thing. So if they’re watching this…we’ll see. I can’t wait. It’s exciting stuff. We put a lot of time and effort into it. You like to see it come to fruition and get the players here.”

Is it about filling need or best player?
"That’s a good way to restate it. I’m going to stick to the same deal. I think that lends to what my feelings are and people can read into it. Any chance you lose a competitive advantage I don’t want to do that. I think this pick is very important to our organization. Not just this pick – but all six picks. The thing I love, when you come from college, you get a chance at 200 and some draft picks. Those are the 200 or so best players in the world. How can you go wrong as long as you pick the ones that fit your system and fit the kind of people you want you should have good football players? So we’re very excited about that. We can’t wait for that.”

-Victoria Horchak contributed to this report
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    Horse, Even though Wyche didn't do much in the win loss area, he did manage to draft several very good players, notably Brooks and Sapp. People like to say that Gruden could never have been as good as he was without Dungy, but truthfully Dungy could never have ben as good as he was without Wyche.
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    Coach Shiano has read John Collin's book "From Good to Great" (getting the right people on the bus and getting them in the right seats). The similarities between him and myself end there... but my fingers are crossed that he gets in right in a way that Raheem never could!
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    We will see what happens in the draft and extended free agency, but my belief is that the linebacking corps is the main component that led to our failure to stop the run last year and we can't win if we don't stop the run...period. So far this year I am amazed that they did not do anything in free agency to strengthen this position and am sickened by it.
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    buctebow, I agree with you about the LB need, but so far the Coach has done what he says he's going to do and maybe he thinks that the whole Defense will get better now that there is a real head coach and defensive coordinator in place.
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    Horse, I have been wrong before, so here's to hoping you are correct!
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    Black at MLB? Please spare me. he can't plug holes or shed blocks. He is a highly paid special teams player and nothing more. If he starts at any position then it means the Bucs have a glaring weakness that will need to be addressed next year.
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    I'm very encouraged! Shiano is very open and upbeat, but he also knows when to keep secrets on the draft that could hurt the team if his thoughts became public. Sure he is trying our linebackers at different position s. I bet he is hoping to find out for sure if some of our linebackers would play better if put in the right position, but he is using this time to experiment with that instead of just watching tape and decreeing where each is to play. I like that! At the end of the day, I believe he is smart enough to pick the best 22 players to put on the field. What is curious to me is that no coach gives Dekota a starting position to try out. Perhaps they think he does not have a high enough Wonderlick Score. However, football IQ is not measured by the Wonderlick Test. I wish they would just give him the start at Right Outside LB position and see what he can really do. He is big enough and fast enough and was a good outside LB at FSU. I believe he will find Foster's best position by far is left outside LB. Quincy's best is Middle Lb and we should pick up a third round rookie linebacker to be a productive backup and special teams player. Go Bucs!
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    I call him Grungy......Some of the best of Gruden with some of the Best of Dungy.But soon he will only be Coach Schiano.I think the future looks great for us Buc Fans!
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    FreemanMVP, that's really a good one. Well done.
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    Very good! Either that..or Duden!
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    There is just such a difference with this Coach than what we have had since Toney Dungy pertaining to having the players on board with a make over. Gruden came here with a very strong Defense in place and an Offense that just needed to get a little better. He did a good job at that. Schiano appears to me that he is going to be here a long time and that the GM and Owners are providing him the tools and weapons he needs in order to be competitive. I am excited about this team. I love the talk about bringing Buccaneer Men to play here. He kind of reminds me of an improved version of Sam Wyche. Now all he has to do is get his pilots license and buzz Raymond James Stadium.
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