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Darrelle Revis: Atmosphere was ‘real tense’ with Greg Schiano as Bucs coach

Greg-Schiano-BucsGreg Schiano was not very well-liked during his two-year tenure with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Darrelle Revis probably expected better than a 4-12 campaign last season, and I’m sure he and most of his teammates are glad that they get to start fresh with a new head coach in 2014. Revis basically admitted as much on Wednesday.

“The atmosphere, I felt like, was real tense,” Revis told Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.”Guys didn’t like coming to work. That’s one of the things you have to have, a stress-free atmosphere and environment. You’re going to get everything out of everybody if it’s stress-free and let people be who they are. I just didn’t feel he did a very good job of that. It was a learning experience for him as well, and hopefully, if he ever gets another stab at it, he’ll do things differently.”

Back in October, current and former Bucs players described Schiano as an A-hole who wants to be like Bill Belichick. He was even so strict that he reportedly told Dexter Jackson, who won a Super Bowl MVP trophy in Tampa, to leave a team practice.

“I wish he would have listened to some of the players a little bit more, especially the veterans and some of the older guys,” Revis added. “We can go down the line like Dashon Goldson, Davin Joseph, Carl Nicks, Vincent Jackson and those type of guys and listen to them. But he was the boss, and you’ve got to fall in line.”

Coaching in the NFL is much different from coaching in college. Belichick acts like a jerk during press conferences, but even he doesn’t rule with as much of an iron fist as people think. Like Revis said, there were players on the Bucs roster who were much more familiar with life in the NFL than Schiano was.

The Bucs seemingly switched gears by hiring Lovie Smith, who is known for being more of a players’ coach.

“I love to play ball, and if we’re going to run the Cover 2 scheme, I have to master the Cover 2.” Revis said. “I feel confident in Lovie and (defensive coordinator) Leslie Frazier, too. They have a lot of experience in the league with unbelievable players. I think we have great talent. We just need the right personnel and the right coaches.”

We all knew it was only a matter of time before Schiano was shown the door. Based on what guys like Revis have said, maybe he belongs in college.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Buccaneers fire Greg Schiano and GM Mark Dominik

Greg-Schiano-BucsThe Tampa Bay Bucaneers have reportedly fired head coach Greg Schiano and general manager Mark Dominik, according to Jay Glazer or FOX Sports.

The Bucs managed to get hot after losing their first eight games of the season, but they ended up losing their final three and finishing with a 4-12 record. In Schiano’s first year with the team last season, Tampa Bay finished with a 7-9 record after losing five of its last six games.

Following the Bucs’ 0-8 start, most people felt that it would be a miracle if Schiano made it through the end of the season. Tampa then won four of five games from Weeks 10 through 14 and it appeared that Schiano had made the right decision in going with rookie quarterback Mike Glennon over the veteran Josh Freeman. The success was short-lived.

Given the fact that the Bucs also chose to fire their GM, it seems like they are trying to completely clean house.

We read various reports throughout the season about players who felt that Schiano was an a-hole who tries to be like Bill Belichick despite never having accomplished anything at the NFL level. Given the reputation Schiano has developed over the past two years, it would not be surprising to seem him return to college ball next season.

Greg Schiano: If you help an opponent up, tell him you’re coming back to get him

Greg-Schiano-BucsEarlier this week, Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy revealed that he was scolded by his coaching staff for helping an opponent up during his team’s loss to the Carolina Panthers. For those who know Greg Schiano, that is hardly a surprise. On Friday, Schiano tried to explain his stance.

“I don’t dislike if a guy helps him up, nor am I a proponent of helping a guy up,” he said, via The Tampa Tribune. “I worked for coach (Joe) Paterno (at Penn State) for six years and what I learned is, you help a guy up, you look him in the eye and say, ‘I’m coming back to get you again.’

“That’s just my personal belief.”

That doesn’t exactly make Schiano sound like less of an A-hole, but what do you expect? You would think it would be understood that you’re “coming back to get” an opponent after helping them up. I don’t think McCoy was inviting whoever he helped up over for dinner.

McCoy insists too much was made of his gripe and that he was “misquoted.”

“If you don’t believe me there’s audio you can go listen to,” McCoy said. “So, the (headline) that I got yelled at is nonsense. I didn’t like it. I don’t like it and, yes, I’m very upset. Quote that. Go write that.

“Yes, I’m very angry about being misquoted and saying that my coaches yelled at me. None of my coaches are bad guys and they’ve never done anything negative towards me. So, that’s nonsense for someone to go write that I got yelled at.”

Relax, Gerald. You’re not the reason everyone hates Schiano. He can take care of that all on his own.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Gerald McCoy says Buccaneers coaches scolded him for helping opponent up

gerald-mccoyGreg Schiano may insist he still has control of his team, but the fact of the matter is there are players in his own locker room who don’t respect or like what he and his coaching staff stand for. If you need evidence of that, look no further than the comments defensive tackle Gerald McCoy made earlier this week.

During an interview with WDAE-AM 620 on Wednesday, McCoy told an interesting story about Tampa Bay’s coaching staff scolding him during the team’s loss to the Carolina Panthers last weekend. According to the former No. 3 overall pick, he irritated them by helping an opponent off the ground.

“I had my D-line coaches get on to me the other day,” McCoy said, as transcribed by JoeBucsFan.com. “Well, not get on to me, try to get on to me. There’s no way they’re going to get on to me for this. They got upset with me because I helped somebody up [in the game.] So what! I don’t care. Kiss my butt.

“Listen, if I want to help somebody, I’m going help somebody up. Because right on the next play I’m going to knock him down again. It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter. That doesn’t change how hard I play. As long as in between the whistles I’m not helping anybody up, it doesn’t matter. So what if I help them off the ground?”

Schiano can insist the players on his 0-7 team still respect him if he wants, but I can probably name at least 25 coaches in the NFL whose players know better than to tell the coaching staff to kiss their butt on public airwaves.

“There’s nothing wrong with that,” McCoy continued. “Everybody’s not like that. If you don’t want to be like that, keep it to yourself. I don’t care. I don’t go tell them, ‘Hey, you’re not doing this. You’re not doing that.’ I don’t care. Everybody does what they do. If I help somebody up, get over it. Get over it.”

I’m with McCoy. There’s nothing wrong with helping an opponent up between plays. You can be a human being and still compete at the highest level. That being said, it doesn’t surprise me that the coach with these controversial kneel-down tactics does not want his players extending a helping hand. Schiano is a tough guy, which is why current and former players recently ripped him for wanting to be like Bill Belichick. It’s only a matter of time before he’s fired.

H/T Shutdown Corner

Buccaneers fans in hazmat suits mock Greg Schiano over MRSA

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have become such a disaster this season that fans are only going to their games in order to make fun of the team. Take for instance these two fans seen above. They dressed up in hazmat suits to mock the Bucs, who have had three players infected by MRSA this season. In fact, the Atlanta Falcons had a special cleaning crew come in last weekend to disinfect the visiting locker room after the Bucs left. One fan had head coach Greg Schiano’s name on his suit, while the other wrote Bill Sheridan, the name of the team’s defensive coordinator.

Those weren’t the only fans making references to MRSA at the game. Another fan was wearing a bag over his head that said “Schiano is worse than MRSA.” Just watch that disgruntled fan pump up the crowd while the team was getting crushed by the Carolina Panthers in the fourth quarter on Thursday:

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Current and former Bucs players: Greg Schiano is an A-hole who wants to be like Bill Belichick

Greg-Schiano-BucsTampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano is hardly the most popular man in the National Football League. He has a reputation for ruling with an iron fist, which is an approach that can be well-received when your team wins. Schiano is 7-15 since taking over as the head coach of the Bucs last year. Tampa Bay is 0-6 this season, and from the sound of it Schiano is losing the respect of his team more and more by the day.

NFL.com’s Michael Silver spoke with several current and former Bucs players recently who described how unpleasant playing under Schiano has been. One former player summed it up in pretty dramatic fashion.

“How bad is it there? It’s worse than you can imagine,” the player, who was with Tampa Bay in 2012, reportedly told Silver. “It’s like being in Cuba.”

As you might expect, Schiano’s controversial kneel-down tactics were a popular topic of discussion. Former Bucs defensive end Michael Bennett, who now plays for the Seattle Seahawks, said even Peyton Manning was livid when Schiano ordered his players to dive at the offensive line with opponents in the victory formation.

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Did Greg Schiano try to kick Super Bowl MVP Dexter Jackson out of practice?

Greg-Schiano-BucsGreg Schiano has been with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for less than two seasons, which is apparently not enough time to gain an appreciation for the team’s history. According to Super Bowl XXXVII MVP Dexter Jackson, Schiano once tried to kick him out of practice.

Jackson, a former NFL safety who spent six seasons with the Bucs and recorded two interceptions in their Super Bowl win over the Oakland Raiders, said he has tried to remain close with the organization since retiring. That includes attending practices — something Schiano has an issue with.

“Schiano sent his guy over to run me out of practice one day,” Jackson told 98.7 The Fan on Sunday. “This guy said, ‘Who are you? What are you doing here? You can’t be here.’ I said, ‘go get the Glazers (ownership) if you want me to leave.’ He (Schiano) tried to run me out.”

Not only that, but Jackson also claims he was trying to keep children involved with the team by rewarding them for doing well in school and bringing them to watch the team practice. He said Schiano wanted none of that, either.

“I usually bring kids to One Buc Place, 4th and 5th graders in Hillsborough County and Pinellas County doing my case management work with a lot of youth in this area,” Jackson said. “They told me to stop bringing kids on Friday because I’m distracting professional players.

“I’m distracting professional players by bringing kids who have succeeded in school, did well, stayed out of trouble, and they’re a distraction? If they’re a distraction, I’m worried about fans during away games. How can that be a distraction?”

Jackson added that Schiano has done nothing for the community since he was hired by the Bucs. As we learned from the former Rutgers coach’s dealings with Josh Freeman, Schiano can be difficult to deal with. If you ask Jackson, that extends beyond the team’s current players.

H/T Deadspin