End the Leaked Information and Drama By Removing the Coach Who Started It All

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

It’s now official, the Buccaneers have completely lost all control over the situation surrounding Josh Freeman. Yesterday’s PR disaster was the final straw that sent what was an ugly situation into a full-blown disaster zone. And while many will attempt to uncover the leak that led to ESPN printing the story, that’s not where we should all be looking at a time like this.

Josh Freeman and his team won the most recent PR battle, but the war has had many more losers than winners. From the second the 2012 season concluded, the Freeman/Schiano tiff was underway. And while many of us, myself included, didn’t buy too much into it, it was right in front of our faces and it kept blowing up into what it has come to now.

No matter where the most recent story came from, and no matter why it ended up in the hands of a reporter is not the important factor moving forward. So what is? The fact that all of this has happened under Greg Schiano’s watch, and while the Buccaneers have a football team with enough talent to compete in the NFL, they are sitting here at 0-4 and have become the laughingstock of the NFL after the most recent PR debacle.

Sep 22, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick during the second half of a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Since Schiano’s time began here in Tampa there have nothing but problems. Most of which are personality traits of the head coach. The man does things his own way, whether you, or I, or anyone else like it or not. But there’s a major problem with that philosophy, people have to believe you have the answers. This is why Bill Belichick is headed to the Hall of Fame and why Greg Schiano’s coaching career should be headed into the dumpster fire he created.

He’s asserted himself as a staunch disciplinarian that is prepared for anything football throws his or his team’s way. He’s always been “in charge” in his own mind, while seemingly not really in the minds of the people he’s supposed to be in charge of. And now, the “it” has hit the fan. And guess what, whether he had anything to do with the leak, he’s the man on top, and he needs to take the fall for it.

Schiano let it happen. He began the feud, and now he’s the kingpin. I honestly believe he didn’t have as much to do with the most recent story as many do. But I haven’t done much digging because the fact is, it doesn’t matter. However it happened, it happened on his watch.

Earlier on The Pewter Plank we had a nice long piece explaining why Schiano should be fired at the end of the year. And while every single point in that article is spot on, waiting that long should simply not be an option anymore. What’s been created in Tampa must be cleaned up.

The mess started with Schiano and it needs to end with Schiano. He must go now. Not tomorrow, not after they lose a fifth straight game, but right this second. It’s not about this season, or even the next, it’s about the future of the franchise. Schiano led this organization on a very narrow path into what we’ve now realized was the completely wrong direction. Let someone else lead, and let the guy who got us here, stay here, because I don’t even want to imagine what’s one more step in this direction.

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  • Shark64

    The GM is at the top and must go too. I know you like the guy, but he has to be held accountable for this situation.

    • Ken Boehlke

      I can’t disagree with you there. I love his player decisions, but if he has any hand in this he’s got to go to. I still have this weird feeling that he’s like the angel on one shoulder of the Bucs organization and Schiano is the devil on the other, and Schiano’s bark is simply louder right now. Could be totally wrong, I don’t know. All I know is that this shouldn’t just go away, someone, and someone high up has to be responsible for this.

  • skydivepaul

    Fire everyone! I’m tired of watching this team be perennial suckasses!

  • Billy B

    I really think they should fire Greg Schiano there’s just too many problems the players don’t like him.and he’s using Darrelle Revis in a zone coverage that doesn’t work.they should use Darrelle Revis in a man coverage that’s what he’s good at. I need to bring back Jon Gruden he won us our first super bowl ever. Since he got fired its been one coach to a another coach

    • Tony Andrade

      Allow me to remind you that after he won the Super Bowl with Dungy’s team, the only thing Chucky accomplished in Tampa was two playoff appearances in eight years. Both of which we lost to the Redskins in the first round. …….TO THE REDSKINS!!!!!

      Gruden was another coach that was condescending to adult, professional players. Players hated him too. Why do you think he is not coaching now?

      There is a whole generation of video-game coaches that think all they have to do is call some good plays. Just like the high-school level, you have to know how to get the players to do what you want. You can’t just demand it anymore. It’s called coaching for a reason. Are you a coach or play-caller? Big difference.

  • Centrale

    It doesn’t make much sense that someone high up in the Buccaneers organization would leak this information. At this point, they want to get as much trade value from Freeman as possible. For the most part, aside from this weird little plot twist, Freeman has been damaging his own reputation by not behaving professionally off the field, and not displaying much progress on the field. I don’t particularly like Schiano either, I just don’t see him as being responsible for this incident.

  • johnensch

    “FIRE SCHIANO ALL READY”!

    • Tony Andrade

      You mean “already”? Oh, ok, yeah.

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