Schiano: Nothing To See Here

Published: May 31st, 2013

Greg Schiano is adept at making bird calls.
Greg Schiano and the Bucs were “accused” of running their practices too hard and violating NFL rules on contact during practices (which will be how the actual game is played in ten years, I’m sure). I can’t find the original story on it, so I don’t know if the NFL actually investigated it or if it was some news report that just casually threw it out there. Either way, it doesn’t look like there will be any consequences to it and Schiano is pretty much dismissing the whole thing.

“We had one that got kind of fanfare or whatever you want to call it in a young guy mixed up with Jeremy Zuttah, and Jeremy educated him, maybe not the right way, like you don’t do that. But we spent a lot of time about keeping your headgear, keeping your shoulders out of it.”

“I feel confident that we’re doing it the right way,” he said.

I like the “Jeremy educated him” line. has a video of Schiano basically saying the same thing.

A phrase coaches have been saying since the beginning of football is “You play like you practice”. Guys shouldn’t be forced to go full speed and completely spend run themselves to death during practices, but most players say they get more out of practices when they’re a little rough. I’m telling you, the player that Zuttah manhandled learned a lot from that encounter. Football is not for the meek. The NFL (and the reporters who get off on spotting rules violations and reporting them (I’m looking at you Florio)) need to learn this or the game that they make a living on will abandon them.