Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 7/31/12
Greg Schiano has a plan. Whether or not it will work remains to be seen, but make no mistake about it -- he's has a plan.

The only thing straighter than the crease in Schiano's khakis could be that marine-like jaw.

That, or his approach towards people. Not just players or coaches, but people in general. 

I recently had the pleasure of meeting coach Schiano, face to face, at day three of training camp.

The minute you shake hands with him, and look him in the eye, you believe him. It's as simple as that. Some people just exude confidence; it just radiates around them. Greg Schiano is one of those people.

What makes Schiano tick?

This guy's tougher than woodpecker lips. Within days he "took out the trash" by trading Kellen Winslow to Seattle for a stale bag of chips, or a seventh-round draft pick. Cut starters Tanard Jackson and Dezmon Briscoe, and traded away second-round pick Brian Price.

Make no mistake, Schiano's pulling the strings on personnel moves. That much appears obvious.

As Schiano put it when his hire was announced:

"Our team will be built around a humble, unselfish attitude of sacrifice,'' Schiano said at his introductory news conference in Tampa. "It's hard to find that in today's world, but that's who we'll be. There is going to be a Buccaneer way and there's going to be Buccaneer men. This Buccaneer football team will earn your trust on the football field and in the community.''

What they're saying... 

As former Rutgers defensive end Billy Tulloch put it (on the Winslow trade), "I wasn't surprised. If Coach Schiano thinks you're not sold out and all in, you won't be around.''

Current starting right tackle Jeremy Trueblood said, "He's not mean, but he wants everything done his way. I don't think it's an exaggeration to call this a culture change. It's a different way of doing things and I like it a lot so far.''

Will Schiano's methodology work? That remains to be seen, but there are a few fans who have visions of "Ray Perkins Part Deux". It's understandable though. It's un uphill battle Schaino faces but win, lose, or draw - he's doing this his way.

When you hear tight end Dallas Clark's take on things, he thought he had heard every pep talk imaginable.

"He must have a lot of pep talks under his sleeve,'' Clark said. He added, "Because I swear he's using some really good ones for practices. I'm excited to see what he pulls out of his sleeve during the season. I tell you what … his intensity is a beautiful thing and guys are responding to it.''

Intensity is something that was noticeably missing as last season played itself out. Seeing some intensity would be a welcome change to the fans of the Buccaneers.

"From my experience, he'll do everything he can to win a player over," said Mike Miello, who coached Schiano at Ramapo (N.J.) High before joining Schiano's initial Rutgers staff in 2001. Miello added, "If that doesn't work, he'll get rid of him in a heartbeat."

On Schiano's disciplinarian approach...

"It's probably emphasized more for a couple of reasons," Schiano said of his strict ways. "One, relative to what it was. Two, because there's the college-pro thing. The reality is we need to establish these habits. We're trying to get where we build a tradition and a legacy where guys pass it down, how we work, how we prepare. The switch going on once you hit the field or hit the classroom. That's really all we're looking for. Is that discipline? Once you get that it builds on itself."


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