Sep 15, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano during the first half against the New Orleans Saints at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Greg Schiano Press Conference: Comments from the Coach on the Quarterback Situation

Greg Schiano had some explaining to do in his Wednesday press conference that occurred on the same day he benched his starting quarterback, and in typical coach fashion he didn’t do much of it.

Here are some highlights of Schiano’s presser.

  • Schiano opened by saying that despite announcing Josh Freeman as his starter in his day after the game press conference, he met with Mark Dominik and the owners, and they collectively decided to make a move. It sounded from his later comments like ownership approved the move, but it doesn’t sound like they had any part in pressuring the decision.
  • The Buccaneers’ head coach explained that the reason for the change at QB was “performance-based,” and that it was based on the play of the offense over the last 9 games.
  • But he also admitted that the offense in general has not been good enough. He said that other changes have been made, but that benching Freeman was changing the player who touched the ball on every play, and was a change he thought would help them win more games.
  • Schiano said that the decision came before the bye week so that Mike Glennon could use the bye week to sort out his first game as a pro, and progress from there.
  • The Bucs’ coach did not answer any questions about the team’s decision to keep Freeman over the summer, rather than move him at that time. He did, however, say that he doesn’t feel that the way they handled the quarterback situation in the offseason led to Freeman’s benching, and that he doesn’t feel like Freeman was set up to fail.
  • When asked about his job security, Schiano simply responded that he had no concerns.
  • Schiano said that he believes Mike Glennon will win the Buccaneers many games at quarterback, and said to look at the NFC rookie quarterbacks last season to see how a young QB can lead a team to success.

In other words, Schiano and possibly Dominik wanted Glennon at quarterback, likely to try to save their jobs. The owners signed off on it, and they made the move.

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