I hesitate to even call this one a report, as it is more of a rumor, but it still is a worthy discussion starter. But I preface this article with the admission that this is not a set-in-stone fact.
Former Buccaneer and current Tampa radio personality Booger McFarland tweeted a very controversial and frustrating bit of information he claims to have learned on Monday, and if it’s true, it reveals that Greg Schiano may cost the Buccaneers in the long run if he remains head coach.
mike williams on ir im told he wanted to go on IR 2 weeks ago Schiano didnt want that so he tried to play thru it discussin now @987TheFan
— Booger (@lsubooger) October 28, 2013
Williams had been playing with a hamstring injury for quite a while, but today we learned that it was serious enough to need surgery and place him on injured reserve.
So if he was requesting to be placed on IR two weeks ago, he was playing on a severe injury for two weeks. He may have even further torn his hamstring and potentially caused greater damage in the process.
All this for an 0-7 football team.
As I said, this information may not be true at all. But if it is, it’s concerning when the situation of Doug Martin is considered.
Imagine if Doug Martin is asked to come back from his injury too soon, and re-injures himself in a serious way that puts the start of his 2014 campaign into doubt? For a team with no hope of making the playoffs, the only person who benefits from rushing players back from injury, or forcing them to play through injury, is the head coach who must win to keep his job.
So as I wrote last week, Doug Martin should be placed on IR, and Greg Schiano should be fired to remove the conflict of interest this situation presents. We may have seen that same situation manifest itself with Mike Williams, and it’s a shame a promising player must be sidelined due to the possible negligence of his head coach.
There have been plenty of reports about Greg Schiano this year, and none of them have been flattering. But this one is one of the more believable and more frustrating. And that’s why it should concern Bucs fans as to how Schiano treats their franchise running back, Doug Martin.