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Anthony Davis: Schiano's plan is not working


Anthony Davis won't stop bashing Greg Schiano, it seems. He got a new contract yesterday and promptly took a swipe at his old college head coach on Twitter. And now, he took another swipe, claiming that Greg Schiano didn't do anything to help him in college, and instead praising then offensive line coach and current Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood. Here's what he told Rick Serritella of the NFL Draft Bible.

"Schiano didn't do [expletive]." Davis stated. "Schiano breaks your confidence down. That's his way of molding a player. Now that I'm older, I'm realizing his plan is not working. He's going to find that out soon enough."

Schiano can't have done everything wrong, though. Because Davis was the 11th overall pick in the exceptionally strong 2010 draft and just signed a contract extension for one of the best teams in the NFL. There were concerns about Davis' motivation when he came out, though, and perhaps those were actually caused by Schiano. Who knows?

Still, it's clear that Davis and Schiano did not mix. Perhaps Schiano took the wrong approach to Davis, or perhaps Schiano really only knows the tough guy routine and can't motivate a player through positive reinforcement. The latter seems unlikely, but it's certainly possible.

This reinforces another point: the Buccaneer Way is about finding the players who can work within Schiano's regimen. And for some players, his approach simply doesn't work. Kellen Winslow Jr. was one of them, obviously. This means the Bucs must be extra careful about the kinds of players they add to the team, and it means they will pass up some talent that doesn't fit the team.

For now, though, you can look forward to San Francisco travelling to Tampa this year, and Anthony Davis getting his butt handed to him by Da'Quan Bowers. At least, that's what I'm hoping for.

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