by Brad Biggs
September 22, 02012
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have instilled a new attitude with first-year coach Greg Schiano but his tactics have been under scrutiny since he ordered his defense to fire into the backfield on a knee-down by the New York Giants at the end of last Sunday’s game.
Schiano has rubbed people the wrong way before and in a scathing column by Michael Silver for Yahoo! Sports the coach is painted as a domineering bully who will have trouble making friends in the NFL. In fact, Schiano’s reputation might have played a part in the team taking seemingly forever to fill out the coaching staff.
According to Silver, while Penn State was long the school college scouts least wanted to visit because of the way Joe Paterno treated those from the NFL, Schiano took it to a new level. That could come back to make things more challenging for him at this level.
And then there is the whole kneel-down matter which led to a testy meeting at midfield with Giants coach Tom Coughlin.
“He pissed off The Godfather," on executive told Silver. "Here's Tom Coughlin, one of the most respected men in this league, telling him he's out of line, wondering why his ($97-million) quarterback was put in harm's way. You have to understand that the NFL really is a brotherhood – these guys are in the same union, and some of them socialize together, and some end up as teammates down the road.
"He's been perceived as a bully in the NCAA, and he's still trying to bully. This league has little patience with that. It won't fly. And even before this, the NFL's scrutinizing eyes were already upon him."
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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune