Schiano wants to be closer to his team

Greg Schiano isn’t going to suddenly turn into Raheem Morris. But the coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers admitted he’s going to change a bit as he heads into his second season.

“I think the biggest thing is we’ve established the culture of how we do things,’’ Schiano said Wednesday at the NFL owners meeting. “So that’s not going to have to be my overriding job. The thing I feel I enjoy the most is getting to know the players and getting involved in their lives and helping them. It’s hard to do that when you’re trying to establish a certain way of doing things. I look forward to being able to really get closer to the players, and this is our team now and growing the team closer.’’

In Schiano’s first year as an NFL head coach, he drew plenty of attention for being a strict disciplinarian. That’s part of his nature, but he might have gone a bit overboard in that direction because Morris, his predecessor, was known for running a loose ship.

Now that his players are used to his ways, Schiano said the next step is to build a closer team.

“The hardest thing to do in this league is to build an unselfish football team because the league is designed to be selfish,’’ Schiano said. “There’s a finite salary cap that 53 guys fight over that money. They’re fighting for positions that change all season long. … Once we get to the football, let’s go back to being football players and coaches. That’s what we need to do a better job of. Just get better and grow closer.’’