When Will The Bell Toll?November 4th, 2013
Joe thinks it is fair to suggest yesterday’s choke job in Seattle may well have sealed Bucs commander Greg Schiano’s fate with the squad. If you can’t win after holding a three-touchdown lead, then when exactly can you win?
Grim hopes of a turnaround the latter part of the season were very much dashed yesterday.
Joe firmly believes Schiano will last through the end of the month and if Joe were a betting man, he’d lay cash Schiano is still the Bucs coach when the Bucs travel to New Orleans to finish the season.
After that game, the clock is ticking. However, one Bucs beat writer believes the bell to the end of the Schiano era in Tampa Bay very well could ring this week. Pat Yasinskas of ESPN thinks yesterday’s gagging to the Seahawks leaves Team Glazer with little wiggle room.
The Bucs hit their lowest point in Seattle. They squandered a chance for Schiano to say, “Hey, look at what my system can do if it’s run right.”
But that didn’t happen and the Glazers might be at a point where they need to make a big choice. Remember what I said about them not liking being embarrassed. I can’t emphasize that enough.
The next game on the schedule is a Monday night contest (Nov. 11) against the Miami Dolphins. It will be on national television in a sold-out stadium that rarely sells out. The Glazers have to decide what’s worse — going the interim route or run the risk of letting a national audience see Schiano get booed out of Raymond James Stadium.
Joe isn’t so sure. Team Glazer does not make rash decisions. They are methodical in their management style. This type of philosophy does not lead to emotional decisions. And thinking they will be embarrassed because of an angry crowd is an emotional decision, not a analytical one.
The way Schiano (if not the team) acted like a weight was taken off their backs last week at One Buc Palace, it was almost as if Team Glazer told Schiano he was safe for the rest of the season, but he had to win games.
This is pure speculation, of course. Again, after yesterday, when once again the Bucs found a way to lose, does anyone outside the coaching staff really believe Schiano can turn things around in eight weeks?