REAR ENTRIES: Happy Memorial Day
May 28, 2012 at 11:18pm by Scott • 6 Comments »
SCHIANO IN CHARGE: Just a couple days after Martin Fennelly‘s implications that Greg Schiano is the new king of One Buc Place, Stephen Holder doubled down and wrote an entire article about how pretty much everyone besides Schiano is superfulous.
We must assume Schiano’s apparent autonomy was granted by the Glazers when the owners hired him. It also changes significantly the role of GM Mark Dominik, who often had the final say on matters with fired coach Raheem Morris. Now his role seems more of an executor than a decision-maker.
Holder gives examples of decisions that were “made” by Schiano, but never cites a source that confirms it. He just kind of says it. He compares Schiano’s level of influence to Bill Belichick‘s, a head coach famous for answering to no one, barely even the owner. Schiano has never been a head coach in the NFL before, and it seems strange that the Glazers would just chop off the balls of the guy who has been with them for 17 years and give his power to a coach whose last game was the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. I’m happy about Schiano’s hiring and everything, but if this is true, it’s kind of shitty of them. Unless Dominik is being punished for recommending Morris three years ago. That definitely deserves a pimp slap, but not a demotion.
HOW HOT IS IT?: Speaking of Schiano being a tyrant, he said something the other day that indicated that he wasn’t going to take it easy during OTAs and training camp just because it’s hot outside. He’s basically going to run them until they drop.
“That has to become our advantage,” Schiano said of the Tampa area’s taxing heat indexes, which regularly soar to more than 100 degrees through September and sometimes into November.
“When you get teams out there in that stadium and it’s really hot and you push the envelope, I think it becomes an advantage and that’s something that is important to me.”
I go into heat stroke after standing motionless outside for 15 minutes in Florida in shorts and a T-shirt, so running around for an hour in full pads is fucking outrageous. I felt like the brief reprieves from the heat in Tropicana Field last year were a good idea, but then again the Bucs lost ten games in a row and the general consensus is that they just weren’t tough enough, so maybe some tough love is what they need.
Still, hasn’t every southern football team at one time or another said they were going to “use the heat to their advantage”? Has it ever worked consistently? Has any losing team ever said, “It was just too hot for us to play well”?
I WANT THIS BOOK: Warren Sapp wrote a book, and it sounds awesome. Sapp doesn’t sugarcoat his opinions, and I’ve always wanted to hear what he had to say about the Bucs while he was on the team. He obviously had beef with Monte Kiffin and Trent Dilfer and Keyshawn Johnson and several others, and holy shit I really want to hear him go off on them. Like this about Dilfer:
“Dilfer … basically was an interception waiting to happen. There were times we practically pleaded with him, ‘We know you’re not going to score a touchdown, but please, just don’t turn it over.’ “
This is why Sapp protected Martin Gramatica in his rookie year. Some veterans were going to tape Gramatica to a goalpost but Sapp wouldn’t allow it. His reasoning was that Gramatica may be responsible for the only points they score and he didn’t want them to fuck with his head. Oh yes, I want this book.