The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ head coach held his day after the game press conference on Monday afternoon, and Greg Schiano used some of his time to throw Josh Freeman under the bus, while refusing to admit his team was ill-prepared for Sunday’s loss to the New York Jets.
Schiano told the assembled media that “Stopping Doug Martin stops our offense” and that it’s not a secret in the league. He said that his team needed to hit more open receivers, catch more passes, and protect the quarterback better.
That was a thinly veiled shot at Josh Freeman, who did not have a very accurate day, but found himself in bad situations thanks to questionable playcalling, and had little time to throw behind a makeshift offensive line.
Schiano also pointed out that Freeman has the ability to call his own play, placing the blame on the signal caller for the delay of game penalties to start the game.
And while nothing Schiano said was explicitly false, it also was a press conference full of deflecting blame from the head coach.
He told the media in the press conference room that the team was fine, and that the margin between victory and defeat in the NFL was very thin. But when asked if the team was unprepared, or if they were disappointed to lose to a team many thought they would defeat, Schiano took no responsibility for the outcome.
Even Schiano’s mentor, Bill Belichick, admits he’s been outdone by an opposing coach. Click this link for the Google results of a search for “Bill Belichick we were outcoached” and you’ll see what I mean.
It’s a much smaller sample size, but there’s no press conferences or headlines on a quick Google search including Schiano proclaiming that he was outcoached.
I appreciate the style and ethics Schiano talks about wanting to bring to Tampa Bay. But to execute on that, he has to live up to his own messages.
If being a Buccaneer Man is about trust, belief, and accountability, then how is Schiano building trust with Josh Freeman and his teammates by not showing belief in the quarterback and taking accountability for his mistakes as a coach on Sunday?
Accountability is a two-way street. It’s fair to point out that Josh Freeman didn’t execute perfectly during the game, but Schiano must also hold himself accountable for not having a prepared football team on Sunday afternoon.