Harsh Words For Greg Schiano’s DefenseOctober 29th, 2013
There are no shortage of gripes Bucs fans direct at embattled Bucs commander Greg Schiano and his reeling Bucs, now in a 12-of-13 loss tailspin.
One area of scorn is the Bucs defense. No sacks to speak of. Lousy pass defense. The list goes on. One of the perplexing things about the defense is its sloppy play at times. This, despite Schiano being such a disciplinarian.
Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus apparently has seen enough of the Bucs. He tears into Schiano’s defense in a no-holds barred piece.
The hallmark of this Bucs team under Schiano seems to be naive and ill-disciplined play. Only the Jets have surrendered more penalties than the Bucs this season and no team has coughed up more penalty yards. But I’m not talking just about penalties when I say ill-discipline. It can manifest itself in other, simpler ways, and we saw a good example of it last night for Carolina’s first touchdown.
The Bucs sold out against the run, buying completely into Carolina’s heavy-formation and abandoning almost all coverage responsibilities entirely leading to one of the easiest scores the Panthers will ever see. As if to compound the error the Panthers ran the same play later in the game on back to back plays – both times it was successful with the Bucs failing to even learn from their mistakes, even the biggest and most glaring.
Failing to learn from mistakes? Joe has a tough time swallowing this. Schiano was hired, in part, because of his teaching prowess. This is supposed to be a trademark of his, yet it’s failed miserably.
When the Bucs select their next head coach for 2014, the failure of Schiano will be remembered for how a disciplinarian’s team played so undisciplined.