If Greg Schiano has ever faced a “must-win” game in his football coaching career, it’s Thursday night’s game against the Carolina Panthers.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have lost 11 out of their last 12 games, with more and more reports surfacing about the coach and his disagreeable style among the players in the locker room.
That means that only winning can save Schiano now, as he is out of other excuses and words to say to win over the hearts and minds of the Tampa Bay locker room and fans.
So will Schiano get that much-needed victory?
My prediction for Thursday’s game is a 17-6 victory for Carolina, with the Carolina defensive line logging five sacks on Mike Glennon. This throws the rookie off of his game, and he’s unable to lead the team to a touchdown over the course of the game.
The Panthers will run an efficient offense that doesn’t run the Bucs off the field, but it will be enough to outscore the rattled Buccaneer offense.
This result will be enough to inspire action from the Glazer family, who will pull the plug on the Schiano regime to save face with a fanbase they know won’t be showing up to games for the remainder of the season. So in hopes of saving a few of the dollars they have to spend buying up unbought tickets to ensure no games are blacked out, they bring in a new coach to inspire the fanbase to give them another chance.
Because continuing to lose with Greg Schiano doesn’t save the Glazers and money as compared to firing him. A losing team doesn’t make as much money, and the Glazer family knows that.
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