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Former head coach Greg Schiano was brought in to "clean up" the locker room in 2012. While he did, he did so in a way that created more problems and negative press for the organization.
Before the Bucs third preseason game in Buffalo on Saturday, we learned of new head coach Lovie Smith's discipline style before the regular season kicks off.
The team announced that starting veteran linebacker Jonathan Casillas did not make the trip with the team. Safety Mark Barron, who did make the trip, would sit out his first series. Smith did not provide details as to what happened with both, but the fact that he made those kinds of decisions with his starters shows this new regime will not put up with much.
Yes, it is just the preseason, but Smith sent a message early on this offseason and he acted on it Saturday. We may not know what team rules or policies the players violated but what is more important here is that Smith wants his players to respect his code. If those codes are violated, players will be punished.
Barron and Casillas were examples of that this weekend.
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