I have to say I am getting rather sick of these articles. Frankly I am happy disliking Rutgers for his wrong approach to Sundays but a lot of this stuff actually makes me a bit sympathetic to him.the moron player saying if he's thirsty he will drink. No dude, you do actually need to be hydrating all along the way not just once you get thirsty. Have to also say that draconian rules about hats inside don't spill much beer on my table. The oddity is that in a concern for hydration you then run these 110 yard gassers and run them a lot of times. All coaches skate really close to the practice rules about contact and plenty of other teams have been cited for violating those rules. Oh and obviously cutting Freeman remains the best thing he's done.
I think the player used a bad example when he brought up the water. The over all point is the coach is to controlling and spends to much time on things that don't equate to wins. Like no hats in the meeting room or whatever. Is that a big deal? No. But when you're losing abd your coaching staff is worried about hats and a precise room temperature it's frustrating to say the least. Say you worked at McDonald's and no customers were getting served and the line was backed up. Imagine you're boss walking around demanding that shirts be tucked in, shoes be tied etc. Its like really? A lobby full of angry customers and you're in my face about my shirt being tucked in? Same thing with Greg. Why are you wasting time on players wearing hats and he hasn't won a game he shouldn't even notice hats.
I actually don't have a problem with the authoritative approach, and I don't know that most players worth having will either. It think we are doing a disservice to young men when we say that today's players can't or won't respond to that environment. There needs to be a baseline of professionalism laid out for a roster, especially a young roster that had just been through the Wild West era of Raheem, when there was such a lax environment. As a coach, it is always possible to ease up on the team once you have been established as a disciplinarian, but seldom is a coach taken seriously when they start as a player's coach with lax oversight and try to get tougher. Some of Schiano's obsessions are head scratchers, like temperature control and pasta demands, but for guys complaining about a no hats policy in meetings is silly. If guys jump to the "we're adult men" argument about things like that, I would hope that adult men can go without a stylish hat for a couple of hours at work.That said, the coaching staff needs to be competent enough in their game planning and strategic approach to assure the players that all of that discipline is worthwhile. A. Competent field commander can demand men wear helmets at all times or toe the line, but not a substandard tactician. Here is where I think he might have lost the battle. The coordinators and staff may not be, in the eyes of the roster, competent enough to merit Schiano's kind of demands. That respect needed to enforce those kinds of rules must be earned and I am afraid that Schiano doesn't have the skill,charisma or resume to command it. After all, Dan Marino could get away with cursing and yelling at his Oline for a missed block, but Dan Orlovsky would probably get his butt kicked for saying the things Marino said.It doesn't help, that I think this roster may lack much in the way of true leadership. the veteran presence in the locker room is a lot of off beat personalities. Penn isn't your stereotypical leader, and neither is McCoy or Revis in my opinion. There doesn't seem to be a lot of "steady the ship" types on the team.All that said, I want to be clear- I am NOT pro-Schiano.