Dec 15, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano reacts against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Will Greg Schiano Be Fired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?

After making the leap from college to the NFL, Greg Schiano won seven games during his first year in charge of the Buccaneers. He was on the wrong end of some frustratingly close games, but there were marked improvements over a disastrous 2011 season.

But now that Schiano has reached his 30th game in charge of an NFL team, and sits with only 11 wins, it’s quite clear that there has been no progress during his second year in charge, and the same frustrating errors and mistakes continue to happen.

The team is missing more tackles than it did under Jon Gruden or Raheem Morris in the late 2000′s, they’re committing more penalties than any team in the NFL, and they’re wasting Pro Bowl seasons from Gerald McCoy, Lavonte David, Darrelle Revis, Mark Barron and Demar Dotson with poor coaching and execution.

But according to veteran NFL writer Peter King, Schiano’s fate may have already been decided, and there’s a good chance he’ll be back in 2014.

King has plenty of connections within the NFL, and certainly has been right with his thoughts and predictions in the past. But is this comment based on his thoughts, or does he know something from inside One Buc Place?

If he has a connection to the team which informed him that Schiano will be safe, then that is incredibly disappointing news. Determining the fate of a failing head coach with multiple games left to go in a double-digit loss season seems like the ultimate in accepting nothing more than mediocrity for a franchise that hasn’t won a playoff game in over 10 years.

But if King simply subscribes to the general notion that Schiano’s mini-winning streak saved his job, then hopefully those in charge of the Buccaneers see through a brief patch of wins to realize the incredible failure the 2013 Buccaneers have become.

I don’t see any way that a 2013 Buccaneers’ team with four or five wins should be able to keep a coaching staff in place which received more talent than they had the year before, and managed a worse record including eight straight losses which knocked the team out of playoff contention before they even had a chance to play a meaningful game.

Greg Schiano does not deserve another chance. He has shown that he’s not a capable NFL head coach, and he should not be forgiven for winning only one of 14 games spanning across the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

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  • Jayson Kaplan

    King is no different than any of the other so-called “insiders” that take up far too much ink and air time. They posit their own opinions and cobble that together with a rumor or two and viola, instant story. Notice how he never indicates on what he bases his opinion? Because it’s nothing but his opinion. When they finish 4-12, Schiano will be toast.

  • Gabe

    Schiano should be given one more year along with Glennon. If there is no improvement then we should get a new coach and quarterback.

    • LeoTPP

      What’s going to change next year to show improvement? Other than key players (Jackson, Revis, Penn) getting older.

      • Gabe

        I think we may actually have a pretty good quarterback, and changing coaches could do more harm. Are you ready to blow the whole thing up?

        • Jayson Kaplan

          Let’s not talk about blowing things up when you have a coach that had an entire offseason to decide he didn’t want Freeman and could have traded him when he had real value but instead drafted a kid nobody wanted (certainly not in the 3rd round) and sandbagged the franchise QB in order to get his own guy in there. It may be pointless to argue whether or not Freeman got a fair shake from Schiano, but the franchise did not. It was obvious he didn’t want Freeman and should have acted on it when we could have gotten something back for him.

          It’s pretty damn sad that some fans want to take a team with the talent to win now and act like we have years to develop a young QB who was overdrafted and never should have been allowed to start an NFL game his rookie season. I’m positive Darrelle Revis and Vincent Jackson didn’t come here to watch Mike Glennon develop over three of four years while their best years are wasted putting up strong seasons on a 4 win team.

          It’s even sadder that people continue to make excuses for Glennon based on what we see on the field week in and week out. I’m sorry but the guy has an uphill battle just to get to mediocre.

          • Gabe

            I respect your opinion, but Glennon has outperformed every rookie qb this year. Were Geno and EJ overdrafted? They were both 1st round picks, and based on numbers, Glennon is better than both and drafted in 3rd round.

            If u don’t like Glennon, then who should be our qb of the future? Freeman? He clearly stinks, couldn’t even stay on the field in MN.

          • Jayson Kaplan

            Firstly, yes, they were both overdrafted. Quite frankly, there were no QBs in this draft worthy of a first round pick.
            Since when is outperforming other guys drafted higher than you at the same position the barometer for success? A guy’s draft number means nothing. Blaine Gabbert was a first round pick. Tim Tebow. Akili Smith, et al. Outperforming a guy that another team made a mistake on is not a reason Glennon should stay.
            There’s no way to say today who the QB of the future is. I need to know who the coach of the future is and who is OC is and what kind of offense they want to run. Creating a false binary by suggesting if it’s not Glennon than I want Freeman back is preposterous.

    • Ben Brown

      You don’t pay for season tkts do you?with the talent given him on this team ,he is the worst coach ever!

      • Gabe

        My dad and I had season tickets from late 70′s to early 90′s until we moved out of state, so we paid to watch a losing team for many years with bad coaches, owners you name it. Just be thankful you don’t have Hugh culverhouse