The fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are as happy as they could be considering the team’s record, because the Buccaneers have won two straight games at home and seem to be living up to the potential most fans saw before the season began.
But the celebrations shouldn’t cloud the facts of the season so far. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are among the five worst teams in the NFL, and have won only three games in their last 16 weeks. (In other words, they’re 3-13 since the winning streak in the middle of the 2012 season).
So there is still a long road ahead for the two men who are in the spotlight in Tampa Bay, as 2-8 is nothing to be proud of. So what does the future hold for Greg Schiano and Mike Glennon considering today’s results?
Schiano has led the team to a disappointing season to date, and it’s only in recent weeks when he has become more aggressive and more creative with his playcalling and schemes. The trick plays, onside kicks, and changes to the offense and defense at large seem to have come in response to a meeting Schiano had with the Glazers last month when he likely learned he would remain the coach of the Buccaneers through the end of the season (or something to that effect).
Schiano has since acted as if he has nothing to lose, and has carried himself differently at press conferences and during games. But that brings up a concern about Schiano…
Why did he wait until now to change things up and adapt his style? If the only thing that can motivate change from Greg Schiano is the fear of being fired or the confidence of knowing he has half of a season to win his job back, is he really cut out to be a head coach in the NFL?
The same Schiano whose onside kicks and jump passes have brought life to the Buccaneers in recent weeks is the one who ran Josh Freeman out of town, and played Mike Williams through an injury in a lost season. It’s also the same Greg Schiano who has won only nine of his first 26 games, and has only one win in a game decided by less than four points.
There is no reason why the Glazers as owners should be okay with a 4-12 season, which seems like a likely scenario for Schiano and the Buccaneers. A team that won seven games in 2012 and added Darrelle Revis and Dashon Goldson should be in contention for a playoff spot, not the first pick in the draft. There should have been progress for Schiano in year two, but instead there was backtracking and disappointment.
If Schiano manages to win five or six games this season, he will probably have enough excuses to earn a third year in charge of the Buccaneers. But it won’t be with the total support of the fanbase. This team is too talented to be 2-8, and Schiano is one of the people most at fault for that poor record.
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