Schiano Disputes Neutral Zone InfractionOctober 13th, 2013
With 3:04 left in the game and the Bucs trailing by one score ,(and a two-point conversion) 28-20, it appeared the Bucs had stopped the Beagles and forced a field goal attempt. Dashon Goldson had sacked Nick Foles for a six-yard loss.
But wait! No! There was a yellow (thankfully, not pink) hanky on the turf of the Stadium on Dale Mabry Highway. The Bucs were called for a neutral zone infraction where the nose guard (Akeem Spence?) lined up offsides.
Not so, said Bucs commander Greg Schiano. That is wrong, he said after yet another loss this afternoon.
“No, he didn’t line up in the neutral zone,” Schiano said. “That’s not accurate. What happened is he lined up then he inched into it, and the question is, ‘Did he get back before the ball was snapped?’ I’m anxious to see the tape.”
Well, Spence (?) sure as hell wasn’t called for pass interference. It gave the Eagles new life and they later added a field goal as a result, all but putting the game out of reach.
This is what is so perplexing about the Bucs. You have a hardcore disciplinarian in Schiano, and Joe is not against that type of a coach. But with a platoon of assistants and a hardcore coach, just how can the Bucs be so undisciplined, especially at the worst times?
Something is not getting through. Whether that is Schiano’s message or the College of Coaches, there is something missing between the message sent by the coaching staff, and what the players are hearing.
That fault, eventually, falls in the lap of the head coach.