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June 2, 2012 @ 8:29 am
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Schiano Says Inconsistency Doomed 2011 Bucs

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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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    Mr. Incredible: That little game in San Diego (which my family and I attended) was the 2002 season; but the game was played in 2003. We got to meet the Raider fan with the mask and shoulder pad spikes with his similarly dressed son. Guy was a geek. The Raider fans were in absolute shock after the game and that 48-21 can of whoop-*censored* that got opened on them. The regular season Oakland game I believe you were referencing was the 1999 season. The mighty Bucs lost 45-0.
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    To Mr. Incredible. Were you planning on attending the Bucs vs. Raiders game in November? Im a transplant to the West coast here in Seattle and have tentative plans at this point to head down.
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    bEubanks11 - Don't do it. I've been to one Bucs/Raiders game back in 2001 and is was scary and awful. We lost 24-0 but regardless of the score that is not a fun place for a visitor to watch a game. I'm going to try to make it back to Tampa for at least 1 game this year (i say this every year), but as far as catching them on the West Coast, I've seen the Bucs play the 49ers, the Seahawks and, of course, i saw them play a little pick up game there at Charger Stadium in 2002. Do not step foot in Oakland if you can help it and if you do, DO NOT bring your family. Just some helpful advice from a fellow Buc fan. Good luck.
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    Thanks for the heads up on the raiders game. I seem to like to piss people off with my Buc pride as I attended the Seattle game in November a couple years back donning a custom lime green Seahawks Jersey with the name plate on the back reading "Bucs Fan". Was a 30th birthday gift. Needless to say I wasn't very popular that day especially since the Bucs lit up the Seahawks that game.
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    My name is really Mark M... Go Bucs!
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    Mr Incredible: "Cheeky?" Maybe "tongue in cheeky." No one was objecting to the inside scoop from Horse's Sources; only its' eventual relevance at this point and the differing perspective of Pewter Report. As an example, last season MLB Tyrone McKenzie and OT James Lee were getting off-season accolades. McKenzie didn't even make the team and Lee is gone now. Love your image.
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    Horse - Don't let these fools run you off. The rest of us are very interested in what you have to say. I live in Los Angeles so any Buc info you have will be "insider" relative to my situation. Thanks for posting what you heard. Screw this cheeky bastards. - BTW, my real name also is not Mr Incredible.
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    Horse: There's a big difference in "cutting" someone and injecting a little humor. I was in no way meaning to insult you and I appreciate your sharing what you heard. It was more of a jab at Scott and Mark.You might be surprised to know that you are my favorite poster because I know we're close to the same age and probably know a few of the same people since you went to CHS. Plus it's easy to take from your posts that you are a true Bucs fan. The point I was making about Benn was that your source and the PR gang's observations are in conflict. I would also assume that any new coaching regime would have the players, particularly our group of under-achievers a little anxious. The other point I was trying to make is to be wary when comparing these off-season workouts to training camp or actual games. Isn't there some saying about "real bullets"?
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    Scubog, I was very surprised to hear that Benn was playing better than Williams and was also looking much stronger and a little quicker off the snap too. Now this is just a rumor on my part with this next statement; maybe we might have a trade possiblity since we have dept at WR? That is just my thought. Look I know that PR is trying their best and they also have to abide by the Buc oraganization rules of silence. I also know that this sources or sources have seen all the practices and then some. I also know I do inject some of my own feelings about McCoy, Talib, and Winslow and that doesn't help either for creditability. By the way I was told that Talib will be with the Bucs this year because they would have drafted higher for a CB if they had any doubts. Talib has also looked stronger in the OTA's. You are correct about one thing and that is none of this means anything once the pads are put on. I myself expect injuries in practices, but those who survive will be more effective in games to come; just my opinion.
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    scubog, I don't always use the proper words that you seem to focus on so let me just say that this person said that Benn is ahead of Williams and my words not his about Schiano players walking on shells around him; I should have used his word intimadated by Schiano. By the way I had a very short military career, I chose to keep it short because it was hell; and I worked 20 years at a large aerospace company and then 20 years starting my own company in a total different type of field and sold it and retired several years ago. Like you, I have dealt with a lot of different types of personalties. I have found trying to be cute when talking to people or writing about people will usually get me in trouble at the wrong time and sometimes cause me to step on myself. Knowing your audience is important and once again I stepped on myself. Sorry about that and I will keep this information to myself and to close friends.
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    What hurt the Bucs last year was piss poor coaching and not having good enough players on defense! Have never seen such incompetent tackling in my life. Hopefully that is one thing that Schiano is addressing right away this off season is how to properly tackle someone.
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    Oh no!!!!!!!!! There's a mole inside the walls of One Buc Compound feeding the inside scoop, that has thus far escaped the ears of our PR gang, to Horse. (obviously not his real name). I'm with you JonnyG, ( if that's your real name); it's far too early in the off-season to make any sort of a final player evaluation. As I recall, the real games are played with helmets, pads and a scoreboard. They're over there playing patty-cake, patty-cake at the line of scrimmage, running against air and running routes without a pass rush. Seems to me that's not a true sneak preview of the talent on the final roster. I build buildings for a living. It sure would be a lot easier without a schedule or a budget. Horse is a military man who has seen combat. I'm sure it is a lot different on the battlefield than training at Ft. Bragg. I appreciate Horse going public with the results of his clandestine activities, but there seems to be a flaw. Horse's "sources" (hey that rhymes) says "Benn is shining" but the PR boys say he has fallen behind Sammie for crying out loud. Everyone on eggshells? Seems nothing has changed. Last year that defense sure was tippie- toeing around. I'm so glad to hear McCoy has gotten better and now considered "so-so" instead of a bust. Thank you Horse. By the way, Scubog is not my real name.
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    Scubog, no problem. I was expecting this kind of humor from you. You always try to be cute when you are cutting someone. This has nothing to do with my past at all. I got some information from someone who has been to all the practices so far and the comments came from this person and I passed it on. I kept out anything that was negative about an existing player, I only mentioned some of the players as to where they stand and especially the information about Winslow not at practices enough thus running wrong routes and then trying to blame Freeman. Obviously it wasn't worth much news to you or some others so I will cease to provide it in the future if I get another insider info. This person was not being disrespectful nor trying to say more than what it was; it was his opinions and I value them over PR right now because of being able to watch all the practices. I would not want this person to be fired and no he is not a mole for goodness sake.
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    scubog, I don't always use the proper words that you seem to focus on so let me just say that this person said that Benn is ahead of Williams and my words not his about Schiano players walking on shells around him; I should have used his word intimadated by Schiano. By the way I had a very short military career, I chose to keep it short because it was hell; and I worked 20 years at a large aerospace company and then 20 years starting a with my own company in a total different type of field and eventually selling it and retiring. Like you, I have dealt with a lot of different types of personalties. I have found trying to be cute when talking to people or writing about people will usually get me in trouble at the wrong time and sometimes cause me to step on myself. Knowing your audience is important and once again i stepped on myself. sorry about that and i will keep this information to myself and to just close friends.
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    Horse- Just having some light hearted fun, but you have to admit evaluating minicamp is about as worthless as a two hand touch football game. I remember how PR was raving about how good Dexter Jackson looked in his second minicamp and how great Black looked in his minicamp's, again it's not football its just a light "get to know the coaches and schemes" kind of practice nothing else esp who is ahead on the team depth chart, it does make for some great "water cooler convo", lol
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    Honestly, inconsistency was not our problem last year. Schiano is just blowing smoke. I'm not being critical of him since he has to be political. We sucked last year. Our real problem is that we consistently sucked. Did we do enough to change that? New management is surely a positive but it's not a matter of consistency, it was a matter of talent and poor coaching last year.
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    Horse- thx for the analysis of players running around in shorts before we judge how a rookie is doing in his first pro "shorts" practice lets give them some time to learn the playbook and adjust to the speed of the NFL. So far it sounds like Dallas Clark is on his way to making the minicamp probowl good for him
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    jongruden, I am only telling you what I was told and yes many things will change once the pads come on. I'm just passing on information and you can choose to accept or not.
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    Horse- Just having some light hearted fun, but you have to admit evluating minicamp is about as worthless as a two hand touch football game. I remeber how PR was raving about how good Dexter Jackson looked in his second minicamp and how great Black looked in his minicamp's again it's not football its just a light " get to know the coaches and schemes" kind of practice nothing else esp who is ahead on the team depth chart, lol
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    This will be a fun Preseason. I expect to see three rookies starting. If we can get back to running the ball with some zip, good things could happen. Freeman needs a good running game to flourish, I cannot wait to see some fakes to Blount and Freeman nailing Jackson on the run.
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    Really? that's it? Be all that you can be? Sounds like coach-speak to me. I want to know what he is really doing... So Raheem Morris was preaching. Be mediocre in your ability? Work half as hard as the other guys? C'mon. I want to know what he is emphasizing. The message that Tony Dungy had when he first came was "Back to fundamentals, focus on technique, simplify" That is at least gives me insight to what the Bucs are doing. "Be all that you can be" is like some kind of Army slogan. Ah.....
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    Horse I hope you are wrong about David and McCoy. Because if our DL does not improve this year we are in real trouble. If David doesn't become an impact linebacker at Outside, we are stuck with the underachievers from last yr. I know our offense will be better but we have bigger problems on Defense, and we have to improve there or people will run right over us.
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    seat26, it's coming from a reliable source and I don't want the Bucs to figure out who it is. I was lucky to have found out the way I did. The main point is that this coaching staff knows what they are doing and the Head Coach has it together. I would be pleased if we won 6-7 games this year because we have several players that were picked in the first day in the past that couldn't make most teams roster much less start. The good news is that Schiano is forming a foundation that is not smoke and mirror's and I now got the answer as to why. I also found out that Butch Davis is strictly an advisor; I thought previously that maybe he was a GM replacement in the waiting.
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    Dillja -- credit where credits due... you'd have to ask the contract gurus for specs but I'm pretty sure the Glaziers doled out a lot of fresh cash to our 3 primary signings. May come out as a wash in cap space, but no doubt they committed significant liquidity to improving the roster. It was, at least in my mind, a much needed injection of confidence into the rest of the team AND the fan base.
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    Oh I forgot to mention that almost everyone is walking around on shells because they are scared of not pleasing Schiano. I think that is a good thing by the way. Now Coach Schiano, you have accompolished everything so far pertaining to interviews. You absolutely are saying very little. Mission accompolished as I have already been told that no one is going to leak out what exactly you and the players are working on. I could throw it out there, but I am not because I want the Bucs to win. I love it that this team will be ready and in shape to play every minute in a game. Go Bucs! It's the Buccaneer Way!
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    Here is what my sources are telling me about some players who have watched the practices. Stucker looks so so and Dallas Clark looks very good; Benn is shinning and will probably beat out Williams and Jackson is a monster; Barber looks good at Safety and Baron looks strong and Grimm looks like he is back; Martin is okay and Smith is really fast and Blount is still the man; Freeman looks really good and Winslow ran wrong routes and caused some of Freeman's interceptions and m,any of the players were glad to see him go; not much dynamics at LB so far and David is so so; McCoy is so so and is being pushed and could lose his starting position, and Price looks good. Of course once the pads come on I bet it all changes anyway.
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    How much did they really spend? I see they traded Winslows salary for Jacksons and Fains for Nicks. So we are up a corner unless they cut Talib. Just seems like a media spin as so many people were complaing the Glazers never spend money. We are still in the bottom 5 of team salaries.
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    Cant wait to see all that hard work in action. GO BUCS!!!
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