Insider: “Phase One” Underway in Buccaneer Offseason

After months of separation, the Buccaneer players and coaches finally got together at One Buc Place Monday.

Head Coach Greg Schiano addressed the media at Once Buc Place and made it clear that he’s been ready to get to work with his new players and coaches.

“I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t fly out of bed this morning, excited to go,” Schiano said.  “That’s what football coaches do.”

The players went through team meetings and will go through classroom work and strength and conditioning training with the team’s conditioning staff over the next two weeks.

For the staff, it will be an opportunity to get to know the current players, and according to Schiano, will be a fresh start for everyone.

“We’re all new right now, and everybody’s got an opportunity.  So, if I’m a player, I like that.  If I’m good and I’ve been good, well, then I’m gonna be good again.  If for whatever reason I’ve had some issues, then here’s a fresh start.  I’ve got a chance with this guy.  But they’re gonna figure out pretty quickly, and I shared with them, there’s a right way and a wrong way as far as I’m concerned, and we’re gonna do it the right way.”

For the players, it’s about getting to know not just a new head coach and staff, but also starting to digest new systems and philosophies.  As far as how much of a change in philosphophy and scheme that the players will have to make from the last regime, Coach Schiano was limited in what he would share with ESPNFlorida.com about the magnitude of that change.

“There will be some. Will it be noticeable to the fans?  Maybe a little bit in some areas.  You’re right, I don’t want to get into too much.  The one nice thing we have is the unknown, at least for a little while, but there will be some changes, I think.  Some noticeable changes.”

After this initial two-week “Phase One” period, there will be a voluntary minicamp where what has been taught off the field will be implemented on it. 

The development of the playbook will continue to be an ongoing process, according to Schiano.

“From a standpoint of putting the book together, putting the scheme together, we’re not done.  We’re still chasing it as we go.  There’s parts of it that are done, and parts that we can implement with the guys.  But that’ll be an ongoing process, probably all the way up until we take a vacation this summer.

However, Schiano said that he and his coaching staff are all on the same page as far as a philosophy.

“It’s a combination of the people we hired.  My philosophical beliefs.  I hired the kind of people that agree with those philosophical beliefs.  Now, how we carry it out, the Xs and Os, there’s a thousand ways to skin the cat.  That’s what they’re hired to do.  I’m gonna stand over it and watch, but I’m not going to micromanage exactly how we’re going to block the three-technique and things like that.  But philosophically, it’s gonna be there, and that’s what I’m excited about.  We’ve got a bunch of guys that believe in the same things from a football standpoint, so that’s not been a struggle.  So now it’s just trying to figure out the best way to do this and to do that.”

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