Greg Schiano loves Bill Belichick so much his players think its sad
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So, here's a pretty hilarious bit from Mike Silver's column this morning about Greg Schiano and his hot seat in Tampa Bay.
The Buccaneers coach is more than likely gone after the season, if he even makes it that far. He's known for his totalitarian style, not too dissimilar to Bill Belichick or Tom Couglin. Problem is, it seems that Schiano takes things just a bit too far.
Former Buc Dexter Jackson would take elementary school kids to watch Buccaneers practice. Not on Greg Schiano's terms though. Schiano banned the kids from coming back to practice, citing it as too distracting. Ok then. (Via SB Nation)
Schiano also once blew up on his special teams coach for walking on the wrong side of the field during a drill. Like not just upset, he literally started throwing a fit and threatened to fire the man in front of the team. (Via Mike Silver)
That coupled with the fact that he may or may not have gone on a personal crusade to destroy QB Josh Freeman by allegedly rigging a team captain vote, telling the media he missed a team photo, and then apparently leaking that Freeman had a drug problem, you could say he's not the most popular guy in the locker room.
Schiano is good buddies with Patriots coach Bill Belichick though, as Bill has stashed nearly all of that Rutgers roster on his team. The Bucs and Pats have had joint practices together the past two years, and apparently Schiano let his Belichick love shine right through in front of his team. Michael Bennett, former Buc now Seahawk, recalls the experience to Mike Silver.
Schiano lost some respect during the summer of 2012 when, during joint workouts with the New England Patriots, he demonstrated a reverence for his friend and apparent idol, Pats coach Bill Belichick, that Bucs players found alarming.
"He gathered us before we practiced and told us that if Belichick said something to us on the field, we should listen," one current Bucs player recalls. "He said, 'Treat their coaches like they're your coaches.' We were like, 'Huh?' When we practiced together, whatever Belichick wanted, he did. It was hilarious -- here (Schiano) is, acting like Mr. Tough Guy all the time, and when Belichick wanted something, he was like, 'Yes, Bill.' "
Bennett, who laughs at the recollection, put it this way: "He's trying to be Belichick. Yeah, some people think Belichick's an (expletive), but he's a legend. When this guy acts that way, it's a whole different deal."