Donald Penn Endorses Schiano “100 Percent”December 9th, 2013
Until Team Glazer gives a public blessing of 2014 to Greg Schiano, the issue of Schiano’s job security will be a hot topic among Bucs fans.
How could it not be? The Bucs’ wacky, disappointing season launched a furious assault on all things Schiano — from Tampa to Trenton to Cuba to whatever planet Josh Freeman now lives on.
Joe so eager to learn of Schiano’s fate like any other fan. It’s like waiting for the season finale of Lost or Melrose Place, or perhaps the next Aqib Talib meltdown.
Donald Penn stood tall today in a 1-on-1 session with Joe to publicly back the leader of the New Schiano Order in no uncertain terms.
“[Schiano’s] been even keel the whole year,” Penn said. “We’re a good team; we just had a lot of things not go our way this year. Had a lot of distractions, but one thing we ain’t doing, we ain’t making no excuses. We’re coming out; we’re coming to work every week. We’re fighting. We’re fighting. We’re just trying to fight hard.
“We’re behind our coach 100 percent. That’s our guy. We’re behind him, you know, he’s not the one out there playing. We’re playing. So when the stuff goes wrong he gets the grief.”
Joe finds this noteworthy on a few levels, one of which is the possibility that Team Glazer will take the pulse of team leaders on Schiano. Joe’s quite confident Penn wasn’t serving up a line of BS.
You think the leaders of the Bucs defense, which is racking up a few eye-opening stats, want to see Schiano leave? No chance.
Legend-in-waiting Lavonte David and the Bucs’ secondary must love what the New Schiano Order defense has meant to them. And Gerald McCoy has turned into a shoe-in Pro Bowler. Those guys aren’t looking for greener grass (not a Tanard Jackson joke) beyond fewer line stunts.
As Joe’s written previously, Joe believes Schiano is in trouble if the Bucs lose their final three games, but it won’t be because his team doesn’t want to play for him.