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Winning Through Intimidation

"Winning Through Intimidation" is an actual book and I believe it's one of Greg Schiano's favorite reads. It's ironic that we went from Raheem Morris, the friendly guy that the players just loved, to Greg Schiano, a dictator that none of the team members like. Life is like that; when we try to find balance we go from one extreme to another until the pendulum settles somewhere in the middle. I think the Glazers suffered from this when they hired Schiano.

They had a 10-6 team that barely missed the playoffs (damn that Detroit game) where the biggest complaint was that the coach was everyones friend and couldn't 'command' the team. The Glazer's let Raheem go with a nice handshake and I'm sure there was a big, happy farewell cake in the locker room.

To ensure they didn't make the same mistake the Glazer's went out and hired one of the least likable, college coach's they could find. Did Chip Kelly turn down the Bucs or did the Glazer's think he was too nice? I find it interesting that none of the available coaches with NFL experience wanted the job. So, they hired a guy who's experience was managing boys. Boys with more hormonal and kegger related issues on their minds than playing football. How do you manage a group like that? You watch their every move, act like their dads, and in general, intimidate them. The rumors from the locker room are that 'Schiano's men', the excessive number of assistants - more than any in the league - are constantly filming players on the sidelines, during practice, and taking notes to take back to Schiano. Schiano has made it no secret that he 'thinks' he is a general and made an example with Josh Freeman. Greg Schiano is the polar opposite of Raheem and has destroyed our team. If they are afraid of the coach, don't trust the assistant coaches, and have to look at each other and wonder who might 'tattle' on them the needed team dynamics are gone.

You can intimidate many of the players with threats to their paychecks, but not all. These are grown men with options and they know the rest of the league can see what's happening here in Tampa. Don't be surprised at the number of defectors we have at the end of the season if Schiano is still our coach.

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