Greg Schiano Has “Guts”December 14th, 2013
Joe has heard Bucs commander Greg Schiano called all sorts of things, bad, good and unprintable. Such is the life of a public figure. As Abraham Lincoln once said (allegedly), “You can’t please all the people all the time.”
Perhaps Bucs fans should add a new name to their lexicon in discussing Schiano? How about the word “gutsy?” Why? Because pedestrian-bumping, olive oil-lapping, popcorn-munching, coffee-slurping, fried-chicken-eating, oatmeal-loving, circle-jerking, beer-chugging, cricket-watching, scone-loathing, college football-naïve, baseball box score-reading Peter King of SI.com and theMMQB.com fame believes Schiano has guts.
That’s what King told the one and only Chris “Mad Dog” Russo during his weekly appearance on the show that bears his name, “Mad Dog Unleashed,” heard exclusively on SiriusXM Radio.
Peter King: How about Gus Bradley and Greg Schiano? Both of those guys — aren’t I correct that both of them are 4-1 in their last five?
Chris “Mad Dog” Russo: The only thing I would say about Schiano is they have better talent than Bradley did. So Bradley’s four wins are a little more impressive to me than Schiano’s.
King: I would agree with you, but the other thing about Schiano vs. Bradley is, the thing I really like about Schiano? He took the medicine by taking the very, very, very unpopular decision of firing Josh Freeman and saying, “Hey, I not only think Mike Glennon is better, but I am not worried about making this decision during the season and putting my money where my mouth is with Mike Glennon over Josh Freeman.
Russo: It took guts. It took some guts. It did.
King: That one took guts. And look, if you are Jacksonville, you go into this draft, you have to take, oh, I don’t know, take Aaron Murray or Tajh Boyd or whoever is the great college quarterback, one of those great college quarterbacks. You have to take one of those guys. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers don’t. They can address something else. Now I am not saying Glennon is going to be a great player but he really has eliminated their need to take a quarterback high next year.
Joe isn’t sure how much guts were needed took to run leaky Rip Van Freeman. The locker room was distracted and the atmosphere at One Buc Palace had a pall over it from all the Freeman drama. If something like that is dragging a team so far down, then it’s not terribly gutsy to cut ties with the main source of rancor.
Now had Schiano moved on from Freeman prior to training camp, that would have taken guts. Joe isn’t so sure Schiano had the power to pull off such a move in the offseason even if he wanted to.
Notice Schiano consulted first with Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik, and then, once Dominik signed off benching Freeman, the two had to gain approval from Team Glazer?
Joe isn’t ready quite yet to give up on Johnny Football in the first round. Let’s see how Glennon finishes the season before he’s knighted as the next franchise quarterback. Let’s see if Glennon can turn around his recent slide.
Joe is pretty sure no one is going to draft Murray in the first round, as King seems to suggest, and Joe is very doubtful Boyd is a first-day selection.