Tampa Bay Buccaneer head coach Greg Schiano turned 46 on Friday. He took time at mid-day to speak with ProFootballTalk.com's Mike Florio on his PFT Live segment. Here are some of the points Schiano made during his time with Florio:
MJF: Looking back at the 2011 season, what was the biggest reason for the team's struggle?
GS: Inconsistency is the biggest one-word answer. I saw good things but a lot of bad things.
MJF: What needs to happen to consider the coming season a success?
GS: I judge differently. Day in and day out, can I get other people to be the best they can be? I don't worry too much about stuff I can't control. That's wasted energy....I understand how attendance went down here. That's part of the reason we're here. We're in the entertainment business. If you give the people of the community what they're asking for, they will come watch us play. Yes it's about winning but it's also about winning the right way. I hope we can get several of our players to lay down roots here in the community.
MJF: Did you ask about the team spending money in free agency?
GS: Spending? I didn't have to. In the interview process, ti was made clear to me that they want to win. This was the perfect opportunity to start new because it would be new for everyone. This was the year to do it (spend in free agency) because it would be new to the returning players and new to the players coming in for the first time.
MJF: Tell us about putting Eric LeGrand on the Buccaneer roster.
GS: He's an incredible guy. What an awesome outlook on life. He's been an inspiration to millions of people. His future role is to be determined. Eric can retire a Buccaneer, he'll be part of the Buccaneer family the way he is part of the Rutgers family.
MJF: On other season expectations?
GS: I think we'll have a chance to get better and get better quickly.
And there, ladies and gentleman, is the good news that came out Friday for the Tampa Bay Buccaneer fans. Schiano would later head over to Tropicana Field to throw out the first pitch at the Ray-Orioles game.
Schiano obviously left a good impression on Florio, who delivered this closing message to Tampa Bay Buccaneer fans after Schiano was off the telephone:
"There are only 32 of these jobs, we get to spend some time with each of these head coaches. Win, lose or draw, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a good coach."