From the Josh Freeman debacle to locker room staph infections, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been one big mess this season. And many (including me) say you have to look no further than their head coach Greg Schiano to see the root of the problem.
Current Seahawk and former Buc Michael Bennett, says that Schiano and his tough approach have lost the respect of his players.
H/T: Pro Football Talk
“I think he just wants to flex his power,” Bennett said. “He has small [man’s] syndrome. I still talk to guys who are there, and trust me, there’s not much respect for him in that locker room.”
Bennett said a coach who has proven that his methods work can get players to buy in, even if that coach has a prickly personality, but Schiano hasn’t proven anything. Bennett says Schiano compares unfavorably to Patriots coach Bill Belichick.
“He’s trying to be Belichick,” Bennett said. “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.”
I’m still shocked Schiano still has a job. He lost the players in his locker room way before the beginning of this season. You have to give respect in order to get it and you can’t treat professional grown men like children. Apparently, this is a lesson he has yet to learn. Schiano was in over his head from the beginning.