There are plenty of positive things that can be said about Greg Schiano’s tenure in Tampa Bay.
He turned around a team that was struggling mightily under Raheem Morris, and got them to put forth great effort during his first season in charge. He brought in the right offensive coach to spark an improved offense in year one, and the defense showed signs of life compared to Raheem’s final season.
Plus, unlike under Raheem Morris, Schiano’s teams showed consistent effort, and seemed to really enjoy playing for their head coach. Even in his final hour as head coach, players were praising Schiano and supporting him as their leader moving forward.
So why weren’t these things enough? Because the Glazers prioritized results and a good public perception over processes and effort.
A better defense wasn’t enough to hide a MRSA scandal and Penn State rumors. Excellent effort wasn’t enough to excuse 4-12 in a second season in charge.
The Buccaneers did not return anything on the large investment the Glazers put forth in 2013. In addition to paying for Dashon Goldson and Darrelle Revis, the Glazers bought up unpurchased seats to prevent TV blackouts. The team “repaid” them with a losing season that left most fans sick of the current leadership and questioning the direction of the franchise.
Constantly having the team’s name in the news for the wrong reasons forced the hand of the Buccaneers’ owners. They likely appreciated the way that Greg Schiano helped turn things around from Raheem Morris, but they ultimately didn’t get the return on investment they were looking for.