Schiano: “This Is Not High School Football”

September 30th, 2013

“You coulda fooled me, Greg, with that blow up the kneeldown stunt today.”

Here’s the latest from the leader of the New Schiano Order at his afternoon news conference at One Buc Palace.

Schiano talks about further depletion at tight end with an injury to Nate Byham and the slow recovery of Tom Crabtree.

Schiano also made it clear that a decision to get Josh Freeman off the team isn’t simple. “It’s not just, this is not high school football,” Schiano said. “There’s salaries and contracts and those things involved.”

The head coach said Freeman will do all the things Bucs do as long as he’s on the team. Schiano referred talks of trading or releasing Freeman to rockstar general manager Mark Dominik.

50 Responses to “Schiano: “This Is Not High School Football””

  1. DSZ Says:

    Oh, I don’t know. I think the offense is very similar to high school football.

  2. IamTheOne Says:

    You know what I liked about that press conference?

    Mr Schiano having the same look on his face as Josh did when he felt he was getting run out of town, but not deserving it.

    Difference is that GS deserves it.

    Hasta La BYE BY.

  3. Walter Says:

    Lol love how he didn’t say “this isn’t college football.”

    Last I checked, players didn’t have “contracts and salaries and those things involved” in college either, “coach.”

  4. RBellBuc Says:

    Of course I hope Joe understands what Schiano is referring to and is not trying to make this a testimony about Freeman behavior, like I believe Joe just tried to do with his subliminal headline. Dirty media tactics but there are some who will take it hook, line, and sinker.

    It is not OK to misrepresent Joe. There is no reason in the world why one would think this headline had anything to do with Josh Freeman. You must not have even read what’s here. –Joe

  5. bubashep Says:


  6. D-Rome Says:


    He doesn’t deserve to coach another game!

  7. tone850 Says:

    I wish the game plan on offense wasn’t like a high school game plan. “we’re gonna run run to set up throwing the ball”

    Well Arizona stacked the box to force to throw and NO ADJUSTMENTS were made. You got a PRO QB throw the kid into the deep end and see how he deals with. Don’t dumb down the playcalling that the blind kid from Dumb and Dumber can see what’s coming next.

  8. Legarrettes Blount Says:

    Joe do you notice how opposing cornerbacks have been saying the same thing? Aqib Talib said after his interception on Josh Freeman that he “had been seeing the same play all week in practice” and come gametime he jumped VJs route for an int. And this week Patrick Peterson was quoted saying he knew the routes VJ was going to run on both of his ints. The teams we are playing already know what we are doing and that makes it easy to jump routes come game day. We are way too predictable on offense.

  9. gatherspeed Says:

    If this is not high school football then stop the bullrush during the victory formation. Bush League stuff.

  10. Young buc Says:

    And Blount was bum fire this guy

  11. bucfanjeff Says:

    Not high school football, agreed – so make halftime adjustments then.

    I’m not calling for Schiano’s head, but you’ve got to make adjustments, offensively and defensively because it’s NOT high school football.

  12. Jim Says:

    Said to say, I have had season tickets since 1977. If Ray Perkins, I mean Schiano is back in 2014, I am done supporting this joke of an organization.

  13. thegregwitul Says:

    The offense is doing a helluva job impersonating a highschool team, that’s for sure.

  14. Young buc Says:

    This guy calls games not to lose then blame others

  15. DallasBuc Says:

    Has an APB been put out yet for Mark Dominik???

    With all the off-field drama that has transpired over the last 3 weeks and our GM is on the side of a milk carton. What the eff?

  16. NJBucsFan Says:

    Let’s run the wing t…..

    Bye bye Coach Schiano

  17. Bucworld Says:

    The offensive scheme is terrible. They do the same thing week in and week out. Don’t know if you can even blame the offensive coordinator because Schiano could be forcing him to call simple plays. They do not use Revis correctly neither. They played a bunch of zone and off man with him yesterday. Fitzgerald scored on an off man coverage call.

  18. McBucs Says:

    My highschool football coach made half time adjustments to our game plan, maybe Coach Shiano should look into trying such a thing. He needs to be fired now, his ego is getting in the teams way. You have to adjust your plan when it is not working. I wish the Glazures would hire an experienced NFL coach. Enough of this coaching staff, hire someone that knows how to coach at the NFL level.

  19. Frank Pillow Says:

    He’s right….I played in high school and DII College and in both cases our game plans, schemes and adjustments looked more sophisticated. I didn’t think we could sink any lower than Jim Bates and Jagodzinski’s schemes (or lack thereof) or even the garbage Olson dialed up post 2010…but everything about this organization stinks right now. Players deemed cancers under this regime are behaving and finding success in more mature places. Overpaid FAs are underperforming. There are gaping holes in key parts of this roster…and have been all off season. The dubbed one-time franchise QB is in a high school like feud with the HC. We’ve been really bad before, but that was when Hugh wasn’t spending $. The Glazers went cheap for a long while too…but they’ve opened up their wallets recently, so it’s not the same kind of bad. It’s worse. It’s the modern NFL and we have a D-minded HC intent on running the ball and keeping it tight. That worked from 1997-2001, but the game is different today. Not to mention there’s not a single coach currently employed by the organization today akin to either Dungy or Grudens staff. Not one. Wake up Malcom, please. Step away from the light and bring sensibility back to the franchise. Glazer boys, man-up (not ManU) for a minute and care about what has happened since your dad’s health forced him to step away. It’s been a decade since you’ve made a splash. A decade since we’ve been relevant. Schiano is a joke…tell me you see it too?!?!?

  20. Bucs4821 Says:

    Love the headline, Joe. My first thought was, if this were High School, you’d take the players you have and build your schemes around what they do best.

  21. Legarrettes Blount Says:

    I agree with @BucWorld it reminds me of the Washington Redskins when they signed Albert Haynesworth to a 100 million dollar deal just to switch his position. Why would we spend that much money on Revis to not have him jamming people at the line. He plays so much off and zone coverage. Why spend that much money on him if you arent going to utilize his best skills? I have loved the Bucs my whole life but this is becoming a joke.

  22. RBellBuc Says:

    ^^^ I agree

  23. blackmagic00 Says:

    So my new nick name at work is Owen as in 0-4. A Miami fan came up with it and it caught like wild fire. what a miserable start to what was supposed to be a decent year. if we don’t a game this year I might make a paper bag part of my daily attire.

  24. Drew Says:

    I for one would like to see Schiano and Sullivan relieved of their duties as HC and OC.

  25. Drew Says:

    By the way, in the picture he’s telling the other coach this is HS football.

  26. Chef Paul Says:

    Great writing today Joes. Just read all of them now. I love the way you are wording things today. Love the fire.

  27. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    The bottom line is we’ve lost 3 games by a total of 6 points. Now 0-4 is still 0-4…it was suggested that its our talent that keeps us close & the coaching that keeps us from winning…that very well could be the case.
    So…the good news with that is we do have talent.
    We absolutely must change our offensive schemes.
    As for defense..its very good. I think we are still pussyfooting with Revis to make sure he is absolutely 100 % before we turn him loose.

  28. Bobby Says:

    Yeah…Revis holding Fitzgerald to 6 catches for 63 yds and getting a pick plus the defense holding the cards to 1/10 on first downs for 3 quarters. That really sucked. We have the 9th best scoring defense, tied for 7th in sacks, 9th rated rushing defense, 12th best overall defense in the league. Yeah…they don’t know what they’re doing on that side of the ball huh…….

    You want to b!tch about something then stick to the offense because that’s where the problem is. Sullivan will be gone after this year but trust me, Schiano is going nowhere. He’s doing just what the Glazers hired him to do and they aren’t nearly as impatient as fans. They realize we could just as easily be 3-1 as 0-4 but for a few plays. We’re close and maybe a TE and a 3rd receiver away but just like the defense got fixed..the offense will get fixed too.

  29. thegregwitul Says:

    @blackmagic00 or Owen: Just remind that Dolphin fan or Dolfan that it’s been over 40 years since Miami has won a Super Bowl, it’s an easy go-to when a Miami fan attempts to mock you, although the Bucs look light years away from the playoffs, let alone Super Bowl at this point…Sigh.

  30. Eric Says:

    Salaries and contracts? And those things?

    Nothing gets by this guy.

  31. Young buc Says:

    Hey bobby Sullivan is handcuffed fire schiano

  32. Capt. Tim Says:

    No, it’s not high school football
    It’s tiny, irrelevant college in Podunk New Jersey football

    And we are playing it, in the NFL.

    And we are regressing this franchise and it’s players- everyday that we keep them under the inexperienced tyrants thumb!

  33. Eric Says:

    Uconn fired their coach today.

    There ya go Greg.

  34. Cannon Says:

    Heh, sorry Bobby, but we lost to Arizona. At home.

    Let that sink in a little bit… Arizona… at home.

    The only team worse than Arizona would be the Jaguars (and apparently, us)

  35. Meh Says:

    The offense looks like pop warner.

  36. Raphael Says:

    Sounds like Schiano just figured out, these are professional athletes making millions of dollars ! …..lolololol

  37. Capt. Tim Says:

    Where’s couch at today?
    Ya don’t think he killed himself, do you?
    To say he overestimated Glennon would be an understatement!

  38. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    This guy is absolutely horrible. There is absolutely no way in the world this guy is going to turn it around in Tampa. We will not win with him, ever. Not even going into his game management skills (which is horrible), but it’s way beyond that. He’s going to eventually run off all of our best players. Talib, Blount, Winslow are all having very productive seasons. He got rid of all those guys – not because they couldn’t play, but because he couldn’t get along with them. Although it is justified to get rid of Freeman, I don’t believe he’s doing it because he can’t play, but because he hasn’t bought into Schiano’s crap. And if you think it will stop there, think again. This is only the beginning. He’s going to get rid of more as the season goes on. We’re going to draft more Rutgers guys, as well as guys from the Big East he recruited. You just watch. His press conferences are the worst I’ve ever seen. You could just rerun the same press conference every week, because he says the same things every time (which is nothing). He won’t give a definitive answer on anything, and the few times he does, he changes his mind, but then won’t explain why. He’s a joke of a coach, and the sooner we get rid of him, the better we will be.

  39. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    By the way Eric and Capt. Tim, just want to apologize again for ever arguing with you about Schiano. You were right all along, and I’m a fool.

  40. Smitty Says:

    You all know I am not a rafter rattler, I don’t get crazy and apoplectic about the team…But I have to tell you, the names “Ray Perkins” and “Leeman Bennett” have been in my head all week. The very idea that a comparison is possible fills me with sadness.

    I just cannot believe in, or follow this team with love. When it changes, I will start believing.

    For now, I am just gonna go ahead and root for the Dolphins, since I moved here from Miami in 1975. *Googles that Tannehill fellow*

  41. buc4life24 Says:

    Well said Hawaiian Buc… hit everything on the head!! Oh did you mention, bad halftime/gametime adjustments?!

    This is a circus!!!!!!!!!

  42. buc4life24 Says:

    Already looking at mock drafts and there seems to be a high volume of talented QB’s! One positive out of this mess!

    Bring in a vet coach like Lovie or Cowher, let them pick their QB. Get a legit LT, TE, OLB and hopefully we can get back to being relavent again (I forget that feeling as a fan).

  43. Illuminati Says:

    In my opinion, this loss really comes down to the decision to let a QB making his first ever start try to throw us into better field position when we were at 2nd-and-6 on our own 11 yard line, sitting on a 7-point lead.

    We could have ran twice, and if we didn’t get the first down, punt it away and let our defense do it’s job, which it had been doing well. Most likely, the worse that would have happened is Arizona comes away with a field goal, with us leading 10-6 and getting the ball back.

    In one of these press conferences, I’d like to see some member of Tampa’s fourth estate ask Schiano to clarify the offensive play calling dynamic. Is Sullivan completely in charge of the offensive play calling? How much of a role does Schiano play in those decisions?

    Too many of these reporters ask the same watered-down questions, or ask leading questions that give Schiano an easy out.

  44. UglyMarlon Says:

    I hear coach schiano’s show. He took on a few tough calls. I felt a little bad for him. There was one guy that called him a micro-manager and then he said he does tell sully and sheridan what he feels should be called. But I kind of feel sorry for schiano. We need to give him at least another year.

  45. Doc Says:

    It’s first down for Tampa and the Cards,coach’s were taking bets on if Martin would run left or right.

  46. Illuminati Says:

    Pounding Martin up the gut 25-plus times a game is not going to get it done when you’re starting a rookie QB. You can give defenses different looks in the running game, too. Give some carries to James and Leonard. Every back has a little different running style, and mixing up the personnel will throw defenses off a little.

    And, hey, maybe run a few more speed sweeps with Demps. They ran one in the first half yesterday, and Demps ripped off a 14-yard gainer before he needed to draw a second breath. Why not run that again a couple of times in the second half?

    In one of his first pressers, Schiano said he wouldn’t hesitate to go with the hot hand. The problem is, in the running game, Martin is the only guy who gets a chance to be the hot hand, because he’s the only guy that gets any carries.

    One of the things I didn’t like about Gruden was that it seemed like he was always trying to trick the other team’s defense, so he was reluctant to keep doing what was working in favor of doing something different. Well, Schiano and Sullivan right now seem stubbornly determined to keep doing what isn’t working.

    It’s a positive that Glennon was able to complete passes to nine different guys yesterday. But these coaches need to use the bye to inject some creativity into the running game.

  47. Buccaneer79 Says:

    The blame for this fiasco certainly goes on Schiano, who treated the “franchise QB” like a high-schooler, but, of course, Dominik & the Glazers get blame as well because they all agreed on the benching Freeman, who, without a doubt, had lost his ability to lead along with any determination to be great, if he truly had either, who was awful in those 1st 3 games and has reacted poorly to being benched. This move had implications that should have been considered, or one would hope they were, that did not, in my eyes, have a lot of upside. I still insist it was much too soon to make this decision. Schiano took away the opportunity for Freeman to get better & save his & the Buc’s season, or drop, say, the following 4 games & lose out on his big payday and said, “Hey, put that pressure on me!” (meanwhile, Freeman subsequently has squandered his opportunity to take the high road & help himself with the Bucs or with another team next year, or even this year), but why would a coach do that to himself? Tank the season in favor of a rookie who needs (3 years?) time to learn the system? Sure, now, the excuse is: but he’s a rookie. But the bigger questions are why would Dominik, the guy who drafted the benched “franchise” QB, AND the Glazers, who have put a lot of trust inexperienced men, agree to such an insane, not very well thought-out plan?

    Best case scenario, for all of them, is: Glennon & the offense catch fire & dominate like it should have from the get-go this season (seriously, this offense with experienced coaches would have a field day, every day, with the talent on this offense), the team wins 6 or more games, cut your losses, start work on next season with better decision-making in free agency & draft, build for the future, of course, I hate to say it, with the current regime.

    Worst case scenario, and a more realistic one, is: Glennon struggles like most rookies do, team wins 3 or less games, Dominik & Schiano are fired, new GM & coach (hopefully) have great draft, build for the future.

    I suppose which one is best & worst could be reversed, depending on how you look at it. If Dominik wants to save his own job, he could throw Schiano under the bus, but I wouldn’t be too sure that would actually save it. This team should be so much better than it is. Trouble is on the horizon for the foreseeable future BECAUSE they handled Freeman with very little foresight. The answer to this is simple & always the same: WIN!

  48. Illuminati Says:

    I think the under-use of Demps yesterday is testimony to this team’s lack of imagination on offense.

    You activate a guy who is likely the fastest man in the NFL right now, and he gets one carry out of the backfield and one target as a receiver?

    It doesn’t do much good to draw your weapon if you’re afraid to fire.

  49. White Tiger Says:

    Its also time to remind this idiot that it’s NOT the 1960’s anymore either…

    Liike when anyone, anywhere, could liable you, and the one who did it could get away from it.

    Unfortunately for Schiano – he’s not allowed to leak allegations to the media about a “drug test issue” …it’s actually agains the law.

    See when you are a serial liar, you count on fools who believe in you …but it doesn’t last ling enough, because eventually run out of fools who believe in you – because you keep sacrificing them to keep yourself alive…

  50. White Tiger Says:

    no, he’s right…but it does look more and more like Rutgers every day…