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September 4, 2012 @ 3:30 pm
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Jackson: "Schiano Makes You Want To Lay It On The Line For Him"

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The Buccaneers took part in the annual Chalk Talk luncheon this afternoon in front of fans and local elected officials. PewterReport.com was there and here are some of the quotes from Bryan Glazer, Greg Schiano, Mark Dominik, Vincent Jackson and Mark Barron from today's festivities.
On Tuesday, September 4, the Clearwater Regional, St. Petersburg and Greater Tampa Chambers of Commerce came together to celebrate the 2012 NFL season with the annual Chalk Talk with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Buccaneers Co-Chairman Bryan Glazer, General Manager Mark Dominik, Head Coach Greg Schiano, 2012 first round draft picks S Mark Barron and RB Doug Martin, and WR Vincent Jackson gathered with fans and local elected officials to discuss the excitement surrounding the upcoming season.

The event included a question and answer session with the Buccaneers representatives as well as autograph opportunities for event guests.

Below are some of the highlights from today’s luncheon.

Head coach Greg Schiano:
“High standards,” Schiano said. “I think that comes in the family. I think the parents or the mentors whoever it is that has an effect and that’s one of the things that All Dads talks so much about is teaching your children how to aspire for something greater. I think one of the things that as I went around as a college coach and went to a lot of the schools is [that] there is a real big problem in the country—lack of hope. There are a lot of young kids that just don’t have hope. Not necessarily the guys we are recruiting because they do have hope. They had an opportunity to get into a college, but you go through some of the schools and I think that’s just so important. Whether it is parents and sometimes that’s not always the people that are in place to do it, but mentoring and certain organizations I don’t think we can put enough emphasis on that. Those young people they are our future.”

Schiano on the Buccaneers choice to forgo individual introductions at home games this season:
“That would be right here,” Schiano said. “I think one of the things that Vincent (Jackson) talked about is an unselfishness on that team. I know that maybe that isn’t quite as exciting as the individual introductions, but I hope that we can make it a Bucs tradition. That is the best introduction in the National Football League when the entire team comes out together as one. That to me is symbolic of what we are trying to build.”

Schiano on the biggest challenges or changes for you moving from college into pro football:
“I guess the two things would be kind of what I mentioned earlier the different rules and things,” Schiano said. “I wasn’t aware of certain rules that you couldn’t do this in spring training or you couldn’t do this in your mini camps. So getting adjusted to that. Then the stuff that I talked about; the personnel stuff. Stuff that Mark (Dominik) has been such a big help on. In college football you go recruiting the class and you do it all. Here you have the whole personnel department that kind of walks you through it and takes your input. That to me is something that is really neat, but there is a lot to learn about it. I am still learning.”     

General manager Mark Dominik on leadership and professionalism of college captains and military families?
 “Just talking about the NFL draft and some of the qualifications, the things we look for is not a check the box has to be,” Dominik said. “But little things that we think are important when we are looking into the character of a player and what they can be. One of them is obviously how many times have they been made captain of their football team. That’s an honor that we think is very important. I know that Coach (Schiano) is going through that right now with our football team [and] establishing who our captains are. So young players at the college ranks who can be captains on their football team have an extra special star by their name or a color by your name. Same with military families. Again, it comes from a person who has come from a lot of structure probably in their home. Just little elements little things that we can take that can help us to try to make the right selections [and] the right decisions…those elements right there alone helped us take the two men (Doug Martin and Mark Barron) down at the other end of this table.”

Safety Mark Barron on what he likes best about Coach Schiano’s coaching style?
“What I like most is the attention to detail,” Barron said. “He is pretty much tuned in on everything and I know that they are important to winning. So that’s the thing that I like most about his coaching style is the attention to detail.”

Wide Receiver Vincent Jackson sharing his thoughts on Schiano and the family atmosphere they are building:
“One thing that coach always says – and I hope he doesn’t mind that I let this out of our building – but we get this wrist bands and other things [that] we all seem to wear,” Jackson said. “Part of it is for Eric LeGrand and it has some other meanings to it as well. He always wears one that says family.  And what that stands for is, forget about me, I love you.  Or forget about me, I sacrifice for you, and that’s kind of his approach to each and every day. We have to have each other’s back. You feel like he cares about each and every man in that building [and] each and every person in our organization he treats you with respect. He wants to see you reach your full potential. He wants to see you do things the right way. Represent it the way he envisions you to represent it. So I think that’s fun. I think it is fun to play for a coach like that, who has a passion and the leadership skills [and] the attention to detail. He still does it in a manner that makes you want to play for him. That makes you want to go out there and lay it on the line for him. So I appreciate that.”

Co-Chairman Bryan Glazer on the new Bucs Life theme:
“A Bucs life is just all our fans and the way they can interact with us,” Glazer said. “A Bucs life is a fan painting his face. It’s Big Nasty. It is the guy in the upper deck with his two kids. It is the guy in the club seats. It is the guy in the suites. It is the guy who is selling beer at our stadium who has got an eye on the game and maybe not focusing on the beer. And the girls, and the wives, and the mothers who bring their children to our games. The family sitting in front of the television set. The family that is coming to the game who maybe can’t afford to come to the game. The husband and wife are making sandwiches during the week so they can come to the Bucs game with their kids on Sunday and see these great players play. It is raising the flag in front of your house. All our season ticket holders got flags in your season member packages this year and people are raising them...it is men, women, parents, children, grandparents since 1976 [there] are great fans in this community that love the Bucs.”

–Victoria Horchak contributed to this report
 

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    I know the economy hit the Tampa/St. Pete area extremely hard. Not exactly sure the makeup of the economy there, but I understand it has been hard. I hope the Bucs give the community a rallying point for moving forward, and something to feel good about. The great thing about the NFL is that every team has a shot at being a success before game 1. Unlike the NBA and MLB where you pretty much know, there is always several teams that rise each year to challenge for the Championship. I am rooting for you Tampa/St. Pete in hoping you guys have a great year, not just in football.
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    Our DL may be weak, but I think we can make up for it in speed, tackling and blitzes. I believe our Offense will break out with the three TE scheme and Blount will come into the game and remind everyone who he is. Go Bucs! Lets take this win!
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    Way to be positive Horse, we are undefeated!
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    Its wonderful to hear how amped up so many fans are. Ihope the stadium sells out for Ronde, the opener and as we beat Mr. Newton. Go Bucs. PS. V Jax has to be one classy guy to share as he did. Love it.
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    Cannot WAIT until Sunday and, this being the first time I've heard of it, I LOVE the no individual player intro! The entire TEAM comes out! Fantastic!
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    I moved to Houston to follow my career since Tampa job market wasn't doing that well, but I still support my team. I do plan on flying back to watch a few games this year. My friend told me that the reason why Tampa fans do not go to Bucs games because the tickets are too expensive, the team sucks so no one wants to watch them, or they cannot afford that kind of luxury. To me that is crap. Lions and the Raiders sucked for 10 years and they didn't have blackouts. The Bucs weren't dominant but at least they had a few winning seasons in between. Even if you think that the Glazer's are cheap they still own the team. I just wish that they start supporting the team or they might end up like the Cleveland Browns. Their original team which is the Baltimore Ravens won a Super Bowl and makes it to the playoffs every year, while the new Browns are hoping to make it past .500 each year. I'm done venting.
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    I'll be there Sunday; fired up! Go Bucs!
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    IF I LIVED IN TAMPA I GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE. LOOK AT THE METRO AREA UP HERE IN THE DALLAS-FT WORTH AREA- THEY SUPPORT ALL SPORTS FROM COLLEGE TO PRO LEVEL. SOMETIMES A FAMILY SUPPORTS SEVERAL TEAMS AND SOME ONLY ONE OR TWO. I READ AROUND THE NATION AND THEY ARE SAYING THAT TAMPA BAY DON'T DESERVE THE BUCS OR ANY SPORT TEAMS. I SAY THEY ARE WRONG. I THINK IF YOU LOOK AT THE OVER ALL PICTURE WHAT DOES YOU FAN WANTS TO SUPPORT ONE TEAM OR SEVERAL TEAMS YOU MAKE THE CHOICE. I KNOW THE JOB MARKET IS BAD DOWN THERE BUT FLORIDA SHOULD BE PROUD THAT THEY HAVE THE CLIMATE SAND THE TOURIST. NOT FOUR SEASONS. I REMEMBER HOW EXCITITED THE AREA WAS WHEN TAMPA GOT ONE OF THOSE NFL TEAMS. I KNOW ITS BEEN ROUGHT, BUT TAMPA BAY DID WIN THE SUPER BOWL IN 2002, THEY CANNOT TAKE THAT AWAY. I HOPE THAT THE FANS WILL SUPPORT THE TEAM AND WHEN THE TEAM DOESN'T QUIT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SEASON THEN THE FANS WILL COME BACK. I THINK THIS YEAR TAMPA NEW COACHING STAFFB WILL SHOW THE NFL THAT A TEAM CAN BOUNCH BAQCK AND THE FANS WILL COME BACK. PERIOD. GO BUCS. I HOPE YOU LIKE THESE COMMENTS.GLH
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