The Tampa Bay Buccaneers opened up OTA's this week and it was apparent that there is a new world order. Last year in Tampa was a mess. No disrespect to Radio Raheem Morris, but his brotherly approach to the team backfired in a major way. I knew the Bucs were in trouble when one of my friends gave me the spill about how after a blowout loss, Albert Haynesworth stood up and made the post game speech.
Usually that wouldn't be a bad thing except Haynesworth's speech wasn't motivational it was just indicative of where the Buc's were at the time. Haynesworth stated:
Hey guys we gotta start playing better or Coach Morris is going to get fired. If he gets fired, we will have to work hard for real. Right now we got it good, so we better start playing harder for him or things are going to get real hard with a new coach.
When you hear things said like that after a game, there is no doubt that you have already lost your team and your city.
Now Tampa has a new sheriff and a new attitude. Greg Schiano joined the Buccaneers from his previous position as the head coach of Rutgers University, where he served 11 years, transforming the Scarlet Knights from an unknown into a consistently competitive, winning and respected program.
He has brought new energy to the team and now they are looking to be headed in the right direction. Stars got a wake up call as both offensive players Josh Freeman and Legarret Blount both came to camp lighter and in the best shape of their life. Blount's reconstruction made the most sense because the team was drafting this year to replace him and they invested in a first round pick to make sure they got their message across.
Schiano is already making his mark as Haynesworth was one of the first to go when he got the job. He has also traded often troubled Kellen Winslow to the Seahawks for a 7th round pick. Winslow is talented but he is often injured and is more trouble than he is worth most times.
One thing is for sure, change in Tampa is evident.
Stay Breezy ~ I'm Out!