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Greg Schiano trying avoid preconceived notions about 2011 Bucs



If Bucs coach Greg Schiano has done nothing else since being hired in late January, he’s spent time familiarizing himself with last season’s team. Because coaches aren’t yet permitted to consult with players on football under the new collective bargaining agreement (that starts Monday), Schiano can only do this through viewing game tape.

So, when Greg Schiano looks at the 2011 Buccaneers, what does he see?

Coach Raheem Morris’ replacement is hesitant to make assumptions without full context, even though the club lost 10 straight games and was uncompetitive down the stretch. Despite this, Schiano wants to learn his team for himself and continues to try and avoid preconceived notions.

“Other than to evaluate personnel and steal whatever scheme things we liked, I didn’t try to overanalyze (the tape),” Schiano said here at the NFL’s owners meetings in Palm Beach.

“I think things kind of got going in the wrong direction, and I think when that happens, you can try to overanalyze and over-judge everything. A lot of guys are excited about having a fresh start, which everybody does. (Monday) will be the first time we can talk about football. I think a lot of people in the organization are looking forward to starting over.”

Schiano can see last season’s dropped balls and the missed tackles and poorly-thrown passes, but what about the character of his team? Some analysts saw the Bucs as a team that quit on Morris and each other.

What does the film tell Schiano about any of that?

“You can look and say, ‘I think this happened or I think that happened,’’’ he said. “To me, that’s a little bit of a waste of time, because there were different variables involved, different people involved. To me, everything’s people, the relationships you have with guys, do they trust you, do you trust them? That’s what carries you through those tough spots.”

And Schiano will set out to build a team that can weather those inevitable rough patches, with the hope that temporary struggles don’t become season-long tailspins.

“The old saying is that adversity reveals character, it doesn’t build it,” Schiano said. “We’ll have our share of adversity, and one of the things that you train for is that adversity. To me, that’s mental toughness. There are certain ways you can build mental toughness. We’ll coach that as a staff.”

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 10:26am]


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