Greg Schiano’s OffseasonJanuary 2nd, 2013
It didn’t take more than but a few seconds before Bucs coach Greg Schiano said in his end-of-season press conference that he was going to begin a thorough and rigorous exam of his organization and if changes need to be made, they will.
This will come as good news to one Bucs fan from Australia who tried to lobby “The Professor,” John Clayton of ESPN, that Schiano needs to be jettisoned by Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik.
Q: I’m a big Bucs fan, and I was interested to see where you see our team? While I can understand no mention of Greg Schiano in your hot seat article, I found this season to be frustrating. The defense has been terrible.
Adam in Melbourne, Australia
A: The finish to the season has been bad for Schiano and the Bucs. They looked like a tired team. They were close to becoming the first team in NFL history to allow 300 passing yards per game. But change the coach? Not happening. He signed a five-year contract, and any coach who gets a contract that long gets to at least the fourth year. Schiano inherited a defense that lacked talent. He’s got to build that back in the draft. His first mission was to establish discipline, and that was accomplished. The long contract keeps him off the hot seat.
Let Joe correct Mr. Australia. The defense was not terrible. The run defense was dynamite, the best in the NFL. The pass defense was horrific and Joe has gone on record that a head should roll as a result (only when a team finishes 15-1 can it excuse a miserable pass defense like the Bucs had this year).
This will be an important offseason for Greg Schiano. Joe is convinced there will be a second player purge as Schiano identifies who really is a Buccaneer Man after a season full of both game and practice tape.
Just a hunch, but Joe believes the Bucs could have a very, very different look on defense. The defensive line has two free agents. Quincy Black is anything but a sure thing to return from injury this fall. The Bucs very well could have three new starters in the secondary if Ronde Barber retires.
And all of those decisions will have Schiano’s fingerprints all over them.