“That Is The Struggle, Right? To Stay The Course”November 7th, 2013
Yesterday, Greg Schiano told the Miami media that he’s committed to his coaching methods and core beliefs and his Bucs will “stay the course” and perfect their craft, not panic.
The “stay the course” line brought back memories for Joe.
When Raheem Morris was unveiled as head coach he repeatedly preached “stay the course” at his opening day news conference. It was baffling to Joe at the time for two reasons: the Bucs just choked away a playoff berth with four straight losses, and if the team wanted to “stay the course,” then it could have just, you know, kept its Super Bowl winning coach who had three years left on his contract.
Of course, it turned out the Bucs had no plan to “stay the course,” cutting Derrick Brooks and other veterans, and then fattening up defensive linemen to play a brand new two-gap scheme on defense (which was scrapped halfway through the season.)
“We have a process that we go through every week. And we try to outprepare ourselves every week. We have a strong belief in preparation. And that’s kind of where we are right now,” Schiano said yesterday. “The results have not been what we wanted, which that is the struggle, right? to stay the course. We’ve played some good football, just not winning football, not enough to win.”
Joe gets Schiano’s commitment to his processes, but perhaps he needs to be more open to changes — quickly. The course has to be questioned when you lose 13 out of 14.
They are different and more radical scenarios, but Joe looks at what Raheem did when he fired Jim Bates and changed the defense midseason, or how John Fox overhauled his Denver offense to get to the playoffs with Tim Tebow.
Perhaps Schiano needs to change and adjust more than he wants to. The Bucs are playing extremely hard for him but not winning.