The general consensus is that Greg Schiano has lost his team. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers sit winless on the year and things don’t seem like they’re going to turn around anytime soon. Depending on who you ask, the head coach might only be able to withstand a few more losses before getting canned. Now, one former Bucs’ player has spoken up with some ‘inside information’ on the head coach.
Here’s what Michael Bennett (former Bucs’ d-lineman from 09-12) had to say about Schiano and the Tampa locker room:
“I think he just wants to flex his power. He has small (man’s) syndrome. I still talk to guys who are there, and trust me, there’s not much respect for him in that locker room. He’s trying to be Belichick. Yeah, some people think Belichick’s an *****, but he’s a legend. When this guy acts that way, it’s a whole different deal.”
So after all the speculation, is this whole Bucs fiasco the result of a Napoleon complex?
I was unable to verify exactly how tall Schiano is, but it’s clear from photographs that he’s much shorter than nearly all the Bucs players. Which is really not that uncommon for coaches. But regardless, Bennett’s point is that Schiano is trying to be something he’s not, or someone that he hasn’t yet earned the right to be. The only way to get pro athletes to buy in to a military-esk style of leadership, is to put wins on the boards. Without wins, that style just isn’t going to work in today’s NFL.