Eight Days ‘Til Black MondayDecember 22nd, 2013
Joe’s got no clue whether Greg Schiano will have a job next week.
That’s the reality of the NFL. Team Glazer will be scrutinizing, especially after the Bucs were punished by the cellar-dwelling Rams, featuring their backup quarterback and second-rate receivers.
Schiano’s job is not safe.
For fans yearning for Team Glazer to make a move, Joe advises you to consider that Team Glazer must be confident it can hire a better coach than Schiano. That potential confidence is everything. Team Glazer is running a business, not a fantasy team.
There could be eight or so head coaching vacancies next week. That means competition for candidates, and Joe’s not seeing a bunch of can’t-miss hires out there.
Now Joe’s not saying Team Glazer wants out of the New Schiano Order. Joe’s merely offering reality. Unlike at the end of the Raheem Morris era, there are legitimate positives to the Schiano regime and it would not be an easy decision for Team Glazer to oust Schiano.
The Bucs’ defense is revived, as are their special teams, and the offense has a pile of excuses it can lean on.
Perhaps the greatest questions out there surround sleepy, leaky Josh Freeman. Did Schiano want Freeman after evaluating him following the 2012 season? If not, and Freeman was forced on Schiano from above, then that surely has to way heavily in Schiano’s favor.
Also, Joe wonders who gets most of the blame within One Buc Palace for the Bucs’ poor depth at wide receiver. Kevin Ogletree couldn’t catch and was cut. The opening Nos. 4 and 5 receivers were nothing but special teamers, and Tiquan Underwood was cut only to return at No. 2 receiver, where he’s overmatched.
Was that on rockstar general manager Mark Dominik? Or did Schiano and his staff insist that new receivers coach John Garrett bring in his guy, Ogletree, from Dallas, and were they to blame for picking special team skill over receiving talent in Russell Shepard and Eric Page?
There’s a lot for Team Glazer to consider. Joe merely scratched the surface here. Lots of questions should be answered in New Orleans next Sunday.