Greg Schiano’s Chances Of A 2014 ReturnNovember 6th, 2013
Joe truly believes Bucs fans are so hoarse from hollering for Greg Schiano’s head on a silver platter that they have worn themselves out .
(A former co-worker of Joe’s once had a dog that had barked itself permanently hoarse, which Joe didn’t think was possible. When the dog tried to bark, it sounded like a dude having an asthma attack).
Given how the drama has significantly died down since leaky Josh Freeman was thrown off the team (hhhmmm… coincidence?), and the near-upset in Seattle last week, Joe’s good friend Justin Pawlowski of WHFS-FM 98.7 spoke with Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune and asked if it is a sure bet that Schiano’s days with the Bucs are numbered.
Cummings has a hunch there is a small chance Team Glazer could retain Schiano for 2014.
“I think there is a chance that he does come back,” Cummings said. “I think it’s probably in the 20%-30% range that he does come back because, again, look at the situation objectively, they’ve been in an awful lot of football games, they’ve proven they can compete in this league, and they’ve had injuries which is a big part of what’s gone on.
“It’s a quarterback driven league, and let’s face it, the quarterback did not help them win those first two or three games. He put them in position a couple times, but they couldn’t get it done. When you make a big quarterback change, that’s a big part of it.
“There’s a lot of little things going on. The MRSA thing, which is not in his control, these things are not necessarily the fault of Greg Schiano, but at the end of the day, when you’ve lost 13 out of 14 and you’re 0-7 in games decided by 3 points or less, that’s a bit of an indictment on your staff as well.”
Now Cummings makes a lot of sense here in that it seemed the season was doomed from the start with the sleepy Josh Freeman circus, the MRSA mess — only a psychotic conspiracy theorist or a lame sports radio host would suggest Schiano planted the MRSA — and a lot of stuff out of Schiano’s control. It’s not completely out of the question Team Glazer could give Schiano a mulligan as a result.
But at the end of the day, doesn’t a coach once or twice have to hang a “W” next to his name, you know, like maybe twice every 14 games? The Packers are without two of their top three pass catchers, their stud linebacker and Hall of Fame quarterback due to injuries. You don’t see Mike McCarthy crying in his beer. The Bears lost bratty Jay Cutler to injury and they are still in first place in the NFC North.
As far as the issue at quarterback, surely the Bucs are likely draft a quarterback next spring. Is Schiano the kind of guy who can develop a quarterback?