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Tuesday, January 28, 2014
NFLN survey/popular coach: Buccaneers

By Pat Yasinskas

TAMPA, Fla. -- The NFL Nation survey asked 320 players around the league which coach they would most like to play for.

Seattle’s Pete Carroll was the winner at 22.5 percent. I’m pretty sure former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano came in at 0.0. Schiano was known for being very stern and detail-oriented. Since his firing, cornerback Darrelle Revis has said Schiano’s style created a lot of tension, and players didn’t enjoy coming to work. I’m sure we’ll hear similar tales from other members of the Bucs when they start minicamp and the offseason program.

But the good news is new coach Lovie Smith is viewed as being a lot more player-friendly than Schiano. Smith has high expectations for his players, but he also was known for giving his team some freedom when he was the coach of the Chicago Bears.