When Greg Schiano took over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before the 2012 National Football League season, he said that he wanted to establish a new culture in Tampa Bay. Schiano brought a hard-nosed, play to the final whistle mentality to the NFL that rubbed a lot of people the wrong way. Schiano says that he is going to back off during his second season but I really think that’s the absolute wrong thing to do.
I loved what Schiano did last year with his team, all the way up to the team crashing a kneel-down situation in a one-possession game. There is no reason why anyone should lighten up when the game is still in doubt and a fumble on a snap could bring about a tying touchdown. There needs to be rules and regulations that should be followed and it seemed like Schiano was doing that last season. Tampa did improve three games over its 2011 effort so something had to be working. Why change it now then?
There are things that the Buccaneers will need to improve on before the 2013 season starts, including getting better against the pass but those are things that the players should be working on during the off-season. Schiano did exactly what I would do as a coach. You can’t be the best friend of the players and you have to make sure they are giving 100 percent every game and on every play. I really hope Schiano changes his mind about lightening up some this coming year because there is a place in the NFL for Schiano and if other coaches don’t like his style, that’s just too bad.