Dec 22, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano greets cornerback Leonard Johnson (29) prior to a game against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Scott Kane-USA TODAY Sports

If Greg Schiano Really Did Ask About the Penn State Job, Does It Mean He Believes He Will Be Fired By the Buccaneers?

This time of year is filled with plenty of coaching speculation. With rumors surrounding some of the biggest college and NFL jobs in the country, there are bound to be false alarms and incorrect reports.

So take the news of Greg Schiano’s “interest” in the Penn State coaching job with a grain of salt.

According to a report, Schiano has shown interest in working for the school once again, after spending time there early in his coaching career as a graduate assistant and a defensive assistant coach.

But assume it’s true (because sometimes these reports are quite true, despite open denials from the people involved). If Greg Schiano’s “people” are reaching out to Penn State for information on their job opening, is it because Schiano’s camp believes he will be fired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?

Schiano’s Bucs have only won four games this season, and that may be their final total with a nearly impossible road test against the Saints on the horizon. Coming off of a seven win season with less talent, there has to be a good chance Schiano will be shown the door.

And the next step for the second-year NFL coach would not be another NFL head coaching job, so moving to a coordinator or assistant coach position in the NFL would be the only alternative to simply dropping back down to the college ranks.

The initial report of Schiano’s interest may have been false, or someone who represents Schiano may have put feelers out without Schiano’s knowledge, just to test the waters. But there is a chance that the news connecting Schiano to a college job could be a sign that those close to the coach believe his days in Tampa Bay are numbered.

No one truly knows what the Glazers will do with Schiano once the season ends, but it seems only logical to let go of a coach who has done so little with so much talent. And if that’s the case, and Schiano’s camp knows that, they need to get a head start on finding him a good job to fall into next season to continue his career.

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