My story: Meet coach Greg Schiano, who is changing the face of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs coach Greg Schiano is intense. Look at his players watching him (Associated Press)

While we’re in Missouri now, we spent an eventful yesterday in Tampa Bay with the Bucs. It was an eye-opening experience, both from talking with coach Greg Schiano and from watching an intense practice. One can’t help but think they got things headed in the right direction.

I was intrigued by Schiano’s transition. I had all sorts of questions, including how he spends his time now that there is no recruiting for the former Rutgers coach. Um, what does he do now?

It’s different,” Schiano told me. “No doubt about it, it’s different. I’m glad that I spent three years with the Bears, having that history helps, having that experience helps. Football’s football when you get inside the white lines. It’s the stuff outside the white lines that you have to adjust to. There is no recruiting, yet there is a lot of personnel stuff. Free agency, the draft, all that that really just replaces the time. The only thing that’s different is, you’re really evaluating a lot more. You’re not on the phone recruiting or in a home recruiting or having kids into the campus recruiting, very little, actually. Although Rutgers you didn’t travel much, our recruiting base was very close, so I was fortunate in that manner, but and then they’re grown men. You’re dealing with a different group as your team.”

Schiano has enjoyed working with older players, too. But he still believes he can teach. “What we want in between the white lines, that’s not going to compromised,” he continued.

Check out my story on NFL.com on Schiano and the new-look Buccaneers. 

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