Aug 29, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano talks with quarterback Mike Glennon (8) against the Washington Redskins during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Greg Schiano May Have Benched His NFL Coaching Career By Sitting Josh Freeman

Greg Schiano said during his Monday press conference that “Josh Freeman is our starter.”

Things changed quickly, didn’t they Coach?

There is absolutely nothing positive that comes from proclaiming a player a starter, and within 48 hours sending him to the bench. Unless Josh Freeman was arrested or literally quit on his team, there is absolutely no reason to say one thing and do another on such short notice.

Greg Schiano always talks about his proven program, and “Trust, Belief, and Accountability.” Yet he betrays his own comments within two days of saying them, and benches Josh Freeman in favor of Mike Glennon despite saying the opposite was true.

That’s a bold move for a head coach who won’t survive a losing season. As I wrote last week, former players think that Schaino doesn’t have the respect of the players to continue to run his hard-nosed system while losing eight of his last nine games. There is no way he can keep the locker room while losing most of the games remaining in 2013 while grooming a new quarterback.

Not to mention, Schiano is putting his general manager at risk by benching the starting quarterback he drafted to be the face of the franchise, as Mark Dominik also likely finds himself looking for a job if the Buccaneers don’t have a much improved season than the 0-3 start indicates. And if Greg Schiano thinks a new GM is going to keep him in town with a high draft pick and a need for a franchise quarterback, he’s delusional.

This is an incredibly bold move for Greg Schiano, and one that I just cannot see paying off in the long run. But he obviously believes that the quarterback he’s coveted since he was in high school is the answer to his offense’s problems.


He must hope that the star he saw in high school is the change his team needs to save his job. Otherwise, he’ll find himself back in college, where he can recruit whatever quarterback he wants.

Tags: Greg Schiano Josh Freeman Mike Glennon Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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