Greg Schiano doesn't necessarily agree that he's a disciplinarian. But semantics aside, it's clear instilling discipline is among his priorities.
That, we can only assume, played a role in the Bucs' decision to hire him in the first place.
To that end, Schiano, in a session with the Bucs' beat writers held after his press conference on Friday, talked in depth about his thoughts on discipline – something that has been lacking both on and off the field with the Buccaneers team he's taking over.
"At the pro level, (enforcing discipline) is not just me," Schiano said. "It's the organization. So, Mark (Dominik) and the Glazers, we'll have one unified message. We'll discuss (expectations) and come up with whatever it is. I can tell you that accountability doesn't work unless it's consistent.
"So you give a very clear vision and expectation. Most anger and frustration comes about as a result of unmet or unfulfilled expectations. If you can give a clear vision and expectations, then it's up to the players, it's up to the coaches, it's up to whoever. I think it's the same with me. I'm going to have very clear expectations from the Glazer family and it's to me to meet those expectations."
Schiano said he's big on little things. But he also made it clear he's not unreasonable. And the sentiments shared by former players seem to reinforce that notion.
But there will be structure, something that a strength of Raheem Morris. And there will be a price to pay when expectations aren't met.
"It doesn't work unless there's consequences," he said. "That's human nature, right? As a kid, I was always best as a young adult when I knew where the boundaries were. There's got to be boundaries. When they hit the boundaries, there's got to be consequences to bring them back in.
"Sometimes that consequence can drive someone away. Well, that's the unfortunate part of it. When you don't know where the boundaries are, you start drifting. You end up in a bad place, and you don't know how you got there."
After the season ended, some players noted that different players were held to different standards last season. You get the sense that Schiano doesn't believe in that.
That said, this isn't college anymore. These players take home paychecks and have contracts. They sometimes don't respond to discipline the way college players might.
Still, look for Schiano to set a very clear tone from Day 1, something that was more difficult for Morris given his abrupt promotion from a young position coach who was friendly with his players, to head coach.
But Schiano comes in without the pre-existing relationships. And if he is to be believed, he will make his expectations clear from the outset.
Maybe he doesn't buy into the disciplinarian label. But discipline clearly is among Schiano's core beliefs.
Posted by Stephen Holder at 5:01:03 pm on January 28, 2012