Bucs' head coach Greg Schiano was a guest with ProFootballTalk.com's Mike Florio on Friday and discussed the state of the organization and the direction he wants to take it.
When the Buccaneers were interviewing head coaching candidates after firing Raheem Morris, a general thought by some was – were the interviewees also interviewing the interviewers? Meaning were those being interviewed by the Glazers and general manager Mark Dominik posing questions of commitment to the organization. The Glazers final choice to lead the Buccaneers – Greg Schiano – was a guest with Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com on Friday and dispelled those notions – at least in his interview process.
“I didn’t really need to (get any assurances to spend money),” Schiano said. “In the interview process it was made very clear to me how much the Glazer family were committed to winning. Mark Dominik – who has been just awesome in helping me with getting up to speed in the differences between the NFL and college – that was a clear message. My belief is the way you build an NFL franchise is you draft and develop. In college I believed you should recruit and develop.
“But there was an opportunity this year where we were all new starting together. And I thought it was the perfect opportunity to go out and spend money in free agency. I thought this was the year to do it. Moving forward I hope we can just continue to draft and develop and pay our own players.”
After a 4-12 season it is obvious there were many issues and Florio asked Schiano what was the single biggest culprit in the Buccaneers poor 2011 season.
“I think inconsistency was probably the biggest one-word answer to that,” Schiano said. “You watch the tape and there were some really positive things on the video. And then there are just some equally negative things. I think there is some talent and I think we added to that talent. This league is filled with talented players and we need to coach them and build a culture that is very specific and clear, and I think we are going to have a chance to get better and get better quickly.”
Florio asked Schiano to explain what his goals and philosophies are as a head coach in the NFL.
“I look at it as – day in and day out – can I get the people I am responsible for to keep striving to be the best that they can be? I don’t think anybody ever reaches it, but that is how I approach it everyday.
“I start with myself then I try and work down the organization and hold everybody accountable to being the best they can be. I know that sounds like coach-speak, but I have made a career of doing that. And not worrying too much about the results and worrying about what is going to happen or where you are going to end up. Most of the other stuff – that is really wasted time and wasted energy. I try and position all my energy and thoughts and hard work in things we can control.
“As the leader in any organization your job is to help all the people that are following you to be the best you can be.””
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