Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano’s two primary goals for the 2012 season were to win as many games as possible and change the culture inside One Buc Place.
Schiano didn’t succeed in winning as many games as he thought possible in his first year, but he does believe he succeeded in creating the more structured and demanding culture he sought.
Schiano admits he had to go a little overboard a bit to do it, monitoring players’ meals, for example, and demanding they bring two bottles of water each into every meeting. But he believes he can lighten up a bit now.
“You have to go overboard one way or another to get that culture established, but I think at this point, our football team understands who I am and how our football program is going to be run,’’ Schiano said.
“I think that happened as the season went on last year, so we’ll change some things for this year, some of the mandatory things, things that I don’t necessarily think grown men need.’’
The daily monitoring of meals for players who maintain the weight the team has assigned for them is one of the changes Schiano plans to make. But some things, such as the daily fundamental drill circuits, will remain.
“No, that stays,’’ Schiano said. “I believe that's critical, especially when you're not hitting (in practice). I believe in fundamentals. But some things can change, because I think they understand what we expect now.
“And what I’m really pleased about is that our leaders will teach the new guys that. Everyone was rookies as far as our way of doing things last year, but now only our rookies will be rookies.’’