Nov 17, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano fist bumps running back Bobby Rainey (43) after he scored a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Greg Schiano is winning over the locker room


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers seemed destined for a split with head coach Greg Schiano. The standoff with Josh Freeman took center stage and former players spoke out against him. Now the Buccaneers have put together a two-game win streak after starting the season 0-8.

Winning heals all wounds and it looks like Schiano is winning back the locker room.

“It was tough here for a while, what with the whole Josh Freeman thing and guys getting hurt, but through all of that Coach Schiano was like, “Forget that, get your pads on and keep working,’ ” Buccaneers guard Davin Joseph said, via Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune. “And now we’re finally getting a sense to where the guys in this locker room really do believe him and believe in him. And I can say now that this is first time I can say that we’re a family now.

“He’s been preaching that since he walked in the door and sometimes you don’t know where they’re coming from with that. . . . It was family, family, family and it makes sense now. I can say we really are like a family now because guys really trust him, guys really believe in him because all that stuff he’s been saying about just keep your head down and keep working, it’s all coming true now.”

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