Earnest Graham Joins Fire Schiano ChorusNovember 5th, 2013
Revered former Buccaneer Earnest Graham is a fan nowadays, since his career (and the Bucs 2011 season) ended during the Bucs’ last visit to London.
Graham still bleeds pewter and red, though, and is still a fixture in the area. Asked today whether he would retain Greg Schiano beyond this season, Graham said he’s not on board with that
“I don’t think you do [keep Greg Schiano for 2014]. You know, I just don’t think you do. I think with what has happened the last dozen or so games, what has happened this year, as a fan, just pulling myself away from being a player, as fan sitting in the stands it just wasn’t a very (laughs), nothing was interesting as far as the team was concerned,” Graham told the Ron and Ian show on WDAE-AM 620.
“I was actually bored watching the Buccaneers play. And I mean that’s just being honest. So I don’t think so. I think the product that they are putting out on the football field doesn’t warrant a person [keeping] their job. And that goes for any players and any coaches. And that’s what I love about the game. I love that truth about the game, is that if you’re hired to do something, you have to come through on it. And if you don’t, organizations and teams move on. So, no I don’t think so.”
Graham also lamented the 2013 mess and said it reminds him of his beloved Gators.
“Defensively for a while, they were playing some tough football but, you know, I haven’t seen this much go on with a football team like really ever, man. It’s just been a real, real tough year,” Graham said. “I was like everybody else, man. I bought my season tickets, and I’m in the stands, yeah, high hopes to start the year, but things haven’t gone real well at all. The offense isn’t doing much at all. It’s kind of similar to the Gators actually, at this point.”
The close games the Bucs have played don’t impress Graham, he said, because most NFL games are close and the mark of a good football team is winning those games.
Interestingly, Graham went on to say he’s excited about what next season could hold for Bucs because they have so much talent.