Greg Schiano Press Conference 9/23: Injury Uncertainty, Working on the Details
By Leo Howell
Sep 15, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano walks off the field after the game against the New Orleans Saints at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano held his “day after” press conference on Monday afternoon, and here are some highlights of what he had to say:
- Schiano commented on the situation that caused him to remain in Boston rather than traveling home with the team. He informed the media that his father became ill, and he stayed with him until other family could be there. Our thoughts and well-wishes go out to the Schiano family, and we hope for a speedy recovery!
- The conversation then turned to the game, and Schiano was not shy about blaming himself and his coaches, along with the players, for the team’s frustrating situation sitting at 0-3. He said that details and issues with the schemes are the main thing holding the team back, but did not point to any one issue.
- Schiano did confirm that Josh Freeman and Rian Lindell were the starters at their respective positions, but when asked if the team would bring in any kickers, he refused to comment.
- Jeff Demps‘ roster exemption was set to end within two hours of the end of Schiano’s press conference, so the team is working on resolving that situation and determining how what to do with the speedy return man.
- When speaking about the roster, Schiano said it was a fluid situation, especially with injuries, and specifically mentioned Luke Stocker. It’s unclear what Schiano meant when he brought up Stocker, but it could mean his injury is severe and the team is considering making a move with him. Stay tuned for more news on that front.
- He also said that the team wasn’t sure the extent of the injuries for star players Vincent Jackson (ribs), Gerald McCoy (ankle), or Mike Williams (upper leg).
- Schiano was asked about Josh Freeman, and said he “understands what we’re trying to do,” and also commented on his ability to throw the ball well when he’s in the pocket, but struggles when things break down and he faces pressure. That flies in the face of Pro Football Focus’ advanced statistics, which show that Freeman has actually been worse on throws during which he was not facing an imminent pass rush.
- The head coach did take blame for many of the shortcomings and failures in the “details,” and said the coaching staff was also not going a good enough job. He did offer support for Mike Sullivan, his offensive coordinator, saying that he has the “utmost confidence” in his ability to lead the offense.