“Media Fired Schiano Too Early”November 18th, 2013
You gotta love the rollercoaster of the NFL. Greg Schiano was dead coach walking a few weeks ago, especially after NFL Network spent days pounding the Bucs’ head coach before and after the Bucs were embarrassed on Thursday Night Football.
But now Schiano is turning around the national media with his team’s admirable and surprising performance in Seattle, followed by two consecutive home wins.
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 Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports fame, devoted lots of time to Schiano in his renowned Monday Morning Quarterback column.
King named Schiano his “Coach of the Week” and went on to sing more praise.
4. I think the American sports media fired Greg Schiano too early.
5. I think running back Bobby Rainey deserves a load of credit for sticking with it and taking advantage of his opportunity in Tampa Bay, after their myriad running back injuries. That was a Greg Schiano, grind-it-out running performance by Rainey, 163 yards on 30 carries, with two touchdowns. Schiano loves to grind teams down with his backs. But this performance, to me, also says a lot about the Falcons. Rainey is not fast. He’s not a Bettis-type tackle-breaker. The Atlanta defense has much to answer for this morning.
Well, with that last note about the Bucs’ running game, it’s clear to Joe that King didn’t watch the Bucs-Seattle finish, when running Mike James dominated but was not given a regulation carry in the final 7:50. (Why? That still steams Joe.)
Regardless, Schiano is the comeback coach of November in the world of perception. How much Team Glazer cares about media musings is a mystery.
Joe just wants to see the Buccaneers keep thriving. That means Mike Glennon and Schiano beating good football teams and playing winning football over there next six games. Let’s see it, Coach.