Vincent Jackson calls Greg Schiano a "players' coach"

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a players' coach, apparently.

Peter King's new MMQB site is great, and it got better when they actually wrote a piece about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jenny Vrentas got Vincent Jackson to write about 10 things he thinks he thinks, and one of them stands out to me.

I think even though Greg Schiano has the reputation of being a no-nonsense, nose-to-the-grindstone coach, I'd call him a players' coach. He wants to know everything about all his players, and he treats the team like a big family. I know if I ever need anything, no matter what it is, he'd be there in a heartbeat.

It's a fairly familiar refrain. Greg Schiano is a disciplinarian in a sense, but he's not a senseless disciplinarian. He cares about his players, and most of his former Rutgers players love him (with some exceptions). He doesn't just impose discipline for the sake of discipline, and he can tailor his approach to specific players. But the point of discipline isn't to get those darn kids in line, and he doesn't treat his players as objects, either.

In fact, Schiano has repeatedly cited the idea that he has to treat each player a little differently this offseason. He's learned that players are less similar in the pros than they are in college, mostly due to a wider range of ages. He's eased up some of his discipline now that he can rely on players to police themselves this year.

Still, not all players can play for Schiano. That was the case last year, and it will always be the case. That's the case for most coaches, really.

By the way, if I was a writer for ProFootballTalk I would probably point out that Jackson's third answer could constitute evidence of tampering which would never be followed up and certainly never lead to any punishment. But I'm not a writer for ProFootballTalk, so instead I'll just feel morally superior by smugly commenting on the possibility while still essentially doing the same thing.

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