November 11, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano (left) and offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan talk during the first half against the San Diego Chargers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Even If Mike Sullivan Leaves, Don't Expect A Big Change in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Offense Under Greg Schiano

Fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have no reason to be happy with their team’s offense. The Bucs are currently 32nd in the NFL in yards per game and passing yards per game, and rank 28th in points per game.

That leaves most fans of the team wanting offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan to lose his job. But for the second offseason in a row, Sullivan is going to be a head coaching candidate elsewhere, while the Tampa Bay offense with Pro Bowlers at multiple positions remains at the bottom of the NFL.

So why is the offense struggling so badly?

During Monday’s “day after the game” press conference, Greg Schiano made a pretty tame comment that speaks volumes about his role in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ offense.

When asked about no huddle, and why the team didn’t use it more on Sunday against the 49ers, Schiano said “I didn’t want to…”

In other words, Mike Sullivan may call some plays and dictate some of the in-game adjustments made by the offense, but Greg Schiano has power over Sullivan, and will call the shots when he sees fit.

So the second half woes for the offense and the inexplicable changes during halftime of most games may not be the fault of Eli Manning’s old QB coach. It may instead be the fault of Mike Teel’s old head coach at Rutgers.

If Sullivan does leave, don’t expect big changes in the offense in Tampa Bay. John McNulty would likely be promoted to offensive coordinator, and he’d likely keep most of the current ideals and players in place and continue to run the offense Greg Schiano likes to run.

Schiano has some positive qualities mixed in with his frustrating habits, but possibly his worst quality is his stubborn nature when it comes to processes and schemes he believes to be proven. And he believes that teams that run the football, get good time of possession, and throw the ball down the field are teams that win.

So any offensive coordinator he hires will simply do the very same thing.

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  • Karen Melanson Hartman

    Nononononono Just plain dumb , he’s a defensive coach , let the offensive expert do the job he was hired to do , he’s not a mini me , like another coach who I see shadowing Schiano – jeez ? Y don’t we just draft a couple more safeties & CB’s heck we don’t even need an offense !!’ If this continues – i respect his move with Eric , but Schiano needs to be a defensive line coach – c’mon -at this pace. ,,we”ll lose even more of our vets & start all over with a new batch of men who need to learn “the system ,” ugh ,

  • Tom Weissmann

    I don’t care if the offense doesn’t change just so long as it’s more effective. This year proves that Sullivan was very inept in play calling and was only credited with how the offense did last year for having highly skilled players. Talk about injuries all you want but there’s still no reason to be dead last (ten yards of total offense to the next closest team) with the players who haven’t really changed. The offense was in the top ten in total offense last year and now it’s hit rock bottom (literally). It’s odd how the guy who finished third in total yards from scrimmage last year never broke the century mark once this year. Either bad coaching or play calling or both, he needs to be out of Tampa if he gets the Army job or not. The offensive production this year is putrid even when everyone was healthy and the blame is entirely on him.