Player polls are all the rage and always have been. There’s no better way to gauge how players are feeling than to just ask them directly, and when it comes to who they’d rather not play for their answer was pretty definitive. The Sporting News polled players on who they’d least like to play for and their answer is both good and bad for Bucs fans.
Greg Schiano was voted the least likable coach in the NFL among players who were asked who they don’t want as a head coach.
There are likely many reasons for this. First and foremost, Schiano didn’t take long in polarizing the NFL with his coaching style, one that the more traditional players find offensive. From rushing the quarterback on a kneel-down to shifting the line suddenly on a field goal to draw the offense offside, Schiano has demonstrated he’s not afraid to play dirty.
“Greg Schiano. The thing he did at the end of the game early on in the year, the game where the Giants were killing the clock off and downing the ball, there was no reason for that—no reason at all.” said one anonymous offensive player from the NFC. “Everyone’s worried about injuries and safety and that’s what they are doing?”
Apparently, a majority of players polled weren’t tickled by his antics and voted as such. But for Bucs fans, it’s not all bad. The guy who finished just behind Schiano as the second least likable coach in the game was none other than the genius himself, Bill Belichick.
It shouldn’t come as that big of a surprise that Belichick placed second as he was one of the people who endorsed Schiano when the Buccaneers sought him out to hire him. After the Patriots played the Bucs in the preseason, Belichick went as far as to give Schiano his Belichick seal of approval.
Other coaches that made the list include Jim Schwartz of the Detroit Lions, Rex Ryan of the Jets and Tom Coughlin of the Giants, a guy who lashed out at Schiano’s kneel-down tactics in Week 2.
“Schiano seems like he’d be hard to play for.” said another nameless NFC player. “He’s too intense and does a lot of strange things. This isn’t college anymore.”
So while he may not be liked, Schiano’s in some pretty likable bad company.