Schiano: 'Laughingstock' only referred to team discipline
TAMPA -- Bucs coach Greg Schiano said his comment to suiteholders last week that the Bucs were the "laughingstock" of the NFL when he took over was only referring to the team's discipline and he apologizes if anyone was offended.
"That statement was really about kind of the discipline and the issues that were going on," Schiano said Monday in his first comments since last week. "It wasn't the on-field football, and I apologize if I offended anybody with that. That was certainly not the purpose. That was our suiteholders, and the question was in reference to some of the discipline and some of the things that, as I've shared with you guys, I had to be a little over the top, because it was the adjustment to how far the other way things have gotten. That's really what I meant. Taken out of context, I could see how that could be offensive, and it certainly wasn't meant to be that in any way."
Speaking at a breakfast on Friday with general manager Mark Dominik at his side, Schiano said, "What I walked into was a very, very bad situation, a very messy situation. A situation that quite frankly, nationally, the Buccaneers were the laughingstock of the National Football League. A laughingstock."