Several players along with head coach Greg Schiano, general manager Mark Dominik and co-chairman Bryan Glazer spoke with many of the Greater Tampa Chambers of Commerce Tuesday in a kickoff program called Chalk Talk with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The overwhelming feeling gained from the account on Pewter Report is the fact that everyone is 100 percent on board with the direction Schiano is taking this franchise and the players absolutely love the coach.
Rookie safety Mark Barron said he enjoys Schiano's attention to detail, something that may remind Barron of his former coach Nick Saban.
New wide receiver Vincent Jackson told a story about wristbands Schiano and the team wear. After giving the significance of the wrist bands, Jackson said Schiano's methods make him want to "lay it all out on the line for him."
And what that stands for is, forget about me, I love you. Or forget about me, I sacrifice for you, and that’s kind of his approach to each and every day. We have to have each other’s back. You feel like he cares about each and every man in that building [and] each and every person in our organization he treats you with respect. He wants to see you reach your full potential. He wants to see you do things the right way. Represent it the way he envisions you to represent it.
Dominik and Glazer both hammered home Schiano's new approach to the direction of the franchise, one where bringing the team together as a family and putting family first is priority No. 1.
Viewing the team as a whole is so important to Schiano that he set forth a new way to introduce the team at each home game, a method that he hopes becomes a Tampa Bay tradition.
Instead of individual players being introduced, the team will be introduced and come onto the field as a whole. Together as a family.
Even though Mike Smith refused to talk about position battles Monday, the team released a depth chart answering many of the questions at hand. Either the Falcons have no idea what they're doing (I know this is not the case) or this depth chart is not at the least set in stone. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]
The Panthers' offseason focus, in part, was to bolster the special teams unit. The Charlotte Observer wrote that at times it's hard to tell if the team was successful, even with a bunch of new faces.
With the incredibly deep running back unit in Carolina, the Panthers can take their time bringing Jonathan Stewart back from injury. [Charlotte Observer]
Even though the team wants to put the nastiness of the Bountygate scandal behind it, the NFL Players' Association is still fighting.
The NFLPA filed a motion Tuesday night seeking a temporary restraining order against the NFL to stop the suspensions of Will Smith, Scott Fujita and Anthony Hargrove. [Times-Picayune]
In a Q&A with the Times-Picayune, Sean Payton talks about his time away from the Saints.
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Preston Parker will not be returning punts or kickoffs for the Buccaneers, as Sammie Stroughter and rookie Michael Smith have won those jobs from him. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Parker's multiple issues with handling punts led to the job loss.
The Buccaneers are approximately 9,000 seat sales away from a Week 1 blackout being lifted, according to the Tampa Tribune. Greg Schiano and club co-chairman Bryan Glazer took to pleading with the community Tuesday for help filling the seats.
Brian Billick of Fox Sports put out his power rankings for Week 1. The Falcons lead the division at No. 7 and the Panthers bring up the rear at No. 21.