Nov 3, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano leads his team on to the field before a game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Greg Schiano Unlikely to be Fired Before the End of the 2013 Season

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have finished half of their 2013 season, and their head coach has already been the subject of “hot seat” conversations and on lists of “next coach to be fired.”

But that can happen when a team with multiple Pro-Bowl talents on either side of the ball starts off 0-8.

According to a report today, however, the chances are good that Schiano sees out the season as the head coach of the Bucs. This report comes from Mike Silver of NFL.com, reiterating something he said a few weeks ago ahead of a Thursday night game against the Panthers.

The fact remains that the long week after the Thursday night game was the best opportunity for the Glazer family to fire Greg Schiano, and they chose not to do so despite the fans booing him off the field after a defeat on national television. So it’s not a surprise that they’ll keep him in his position through the end of the season and decide at that time if he’ll remain as head coach for 2014 and beyond.

But Silver reiterates that lopsided losses and open dissent from the locker room would speed up the firing process for the former Rutgers head coach. And that means Monday Night Football against the Miami Dolphins needs to be at least competitive, if not a victory, if the team wants any confidence heading into a tough stretch of games to end the season. The 49ers, Saints, Panthers, and Lions all loom in the distance as potential blowout losses, so following up an impressive defeat at the hands of the Seahawks with a solid game against Miami might be enough to hold Schiano over until the offseason.

It’s unlikely that the Glazers will be able to justify keeping Schiano into 2014 unless a serious change of culture happens at One Buc Place, as the team is not performing as well as it should and the fans have lost faith in their second-year head coach. But for now, he’ll get a chance to prove if he’s capable of change with his job on the line.

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