TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 27: Coach Greg Schiano of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers speaks to the media at an introduction press conference at the team training facility January 27, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
The past few days, Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans have been given hope. The previous regime has effectively been painted as undisciplined, out of control, lacking in accountability. Greg Schiano brings with him a new approach: he demands hustle, he's disciplined, he's detail-oriented, and he knows how to get his players to buy into his 'Buccaneer Way'. If reports are to believed, everything around One Buc Place is different.
But is that really the case, or is this just another case of new-coach-honeymoon? Let's take a look at some quotes:
I could continue on for a while digging up quotes like that - almost every outlet has a few of them. But is that so different from Raheem's regime, really? Let's take a look at some quotes from August 2009 when Raheem Morris led his first training camp. This idea comes courtesy of mr. Steve White.
This is the grueling, physical, full-throttle tone that Raheem Morris has ushered in as the next step after the new coach and new GM, Mark Dominik, got the ball rolling in the offseason with a youth movement.
Make no mistake. Even though Morris was on the Bucs' staff for seven years, now that he's in charge it's not the same old routine. Predecessor Jon Gruden, who also preferred seasoned veterans over youth, ran a laid-back camp.
It began with a conditioning test on the day the players showed up. This is the kind of thing coaches often threaten but rarely enforce. Not Raheem. He made the players run three 300-yarders, three 150-yarders and three 60-yarders, and he took note of the ones who didn't finish quickly enough. The next day, when he did not like the tempo of practice, he ordered live drills.
It's easy to forget all of those quotes, and the hype coming with a new coach is usually pretty bad. This doesn't mean that Greg Schiano isn't changing a few things, that he isn't a disciplinarian, that he doesn't run a tight ship. All of that certainly appears to be true. But this minicamp is not the real test of his regime. Offseason hype means nothing. It's not until the team hits the field in September that we get to see whether Schiano's "new approach" really is paying off. All I'm saying: enjoy the hype, but don't get caught up in it.