Greg Schiano: Pick-Six Turning PointDecember 2nd, 2012
Let’s be honest: The Bucs traveled to hostile territory and played one of the best teams in the NFL, didn’t play well offensively, and still were within one score.
Not being able to overcome adversity by Josh Freeman (in the third quarter, specifically) may be the difference between a good team and an average team. The Bucs now hold a 6-6 record. In the immortal words of Tuna Parcells, you are what your record says you are.”
After the game speaking on the Bucs radio network, Bucs coach Greg Schiano pointed to Freeman’s pick-six to Von Miller as the turning point in the game.
“I think we gave up a touchdown, a pick-six, which kind of changes the complexion of the game,” Schiano said. “You have to be realistic and understand Peyton Manning is going to [make plays]. He doesn’t need any help. We almost had to go to a two-minute offense because we were down three scores. That took us out of the tempo of what we were wanting to do which was a run-pass mix.
“But this team, these players, they keep fighting, which is what I love about this team. I make it clear how the vision changes [in a game]. We didn’t envision being down 18 points. It was no different than Carolina, just didn’t get it done this week.
“You never want to put [a loss] behind you. You need to learn from it and let the hurt hurt. You need to use the hurt as fuel and don’t waste away time. Go to work this week and the Eagles game will be here.”