Greg Schiano on practice habits, expectations
If Bucs rookie coach Greg Schiano accomplished nothing else today, he captured and held the attention of his players with a breakneck pace to their first on-field action with the team’s new coaching staff.
From the start, even during the team’s stretching period, it was clear that things have changed in Tampa Bay.
Kicking off a three-day voluntary minicamp at One Buc Place, Schiano wasted no time in setting a tone for what life will be like with him at the helm.
The goal, Schiano said, was “kind of teaching the way we do things. That covers a lot of different areas. Effort, precision, schematics. All those things. If you have to come out of (this week) with one thing, you want them to understand the tempo with which we practice and the attention to detail that’s required to play this game.”
Asked about the tempo, which included full-speed sprints in just about every drill, Schiano said, “That’s the only way I’ve ever done it everywhere I’ve been. It’s the only way I know.”
Schiano warned his players in the past two weeks of what was coming. So, when veterans like 37-year old Ronde Barber were asked to do youth-league like drills, laying on all fours, leaping to his feet and sprinting at full bore, they likely weren’t surprised.
“I felt they did a great job,” Schiano said. “We’ve talked a lot as a group. I’ve said ‘Change is hard. It’s not bad or good. It’s just hard.’ You’re used to one thing. But they’ll get used to this.”
During the portion of practice open to the media, Schiano could be heard reinforcing his beliefs as he barked out his principles to his players.
“It is a game of details and it starts here!” he bellowed at one point.
That’s a theme you’ll consistently hear from Schiano.
“It’s not just this team. I believe football is a game of details,” he said afterward. “It’s toughness, it’s want to, it’s all those things. But at the end of the day, everybody is trained so precisely to play this game, so when you’re training a guy to block the near number as opposed to the far number, that’s a real fine detail. So, how do you practice following details? It’s in everything you do. That’s what we believe.”