NFL.com – Greg Schiano arrived with a bang, [but] barring a shocking and almost inconceivable turnaround during his second season of running the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ ultra-tight pirate ship, he’ll likely leave with a whimper… Schiano is underperforming in an unforgiving industry, which is reason enough for the Glazer family to fire him. Yet this coaching faceplant transcends losing…
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 asshole, but he’s a legend. When this guy acts that way, it’s a whole different deal.”
A few people have asked for a reaction to Rex Ryan saying there was no conspiracy to cheat with PushGate after Belichick correctly pointed out Jets players did the exact thing and didn’t get called for it. But I won’t. That’s exactly what I expected him to say. It’s the football equivalent of the government saying UFOs are weather balloons; a non-story. I won’t even mention Shrex’ hypocrisy since he was the one last year saying the Pats were cheating by running a No-huddle he couldn’t handle.
No, I’d much rather talk about this. This is much more relevant. Because whatever else you think about Greg Schiano, this is a revealing look into the soul of the other NFL coaches. This is how much esteem they hold The Hooded One in. So much that they’ll admit to their own players they don’t know nearly as much as he does, and that if their guys truly want to learn and understand the game of football, they should listen to Belichick. Say what you will about Schiano, but the man knows his place. Unlike some other soon-to-be-fired Lame Ducks I could mention. As one of my old coaches used to say, God gave you two ears and one mouth so you’d listen twice as much as you talk. And when you sit at the feet of the football Dalai Lama himself, you don’t speak a word. It’s a shame a man with this much wisdom and sense of self worth is failing so miserably, but chalk it up to yet another branch off the Belichick coaching tree withering and dying without ever taking root. Oh, well. At least after he’s gone we can sign all his old Buccaneers Rutgers players. @JerryThornton1