“Boomer” Bullish On Greg SchianoDecember 14th, 2013
This is what happens when your NFL team is mired in (yet another) playoff-less season: Games are secondary. Fans want to know about the coach and the draft.
So it doesn’t shock Joe that a lot of the hollering on sports airwaves is mostly about Bucs commander Greg Schiano and will he or won’t he return for 2014. Clearly, we will know in a matter of days.
There is one voice solidly behind Schiano and that is former Bengals and Jets quarterback and national football voice “Boomer” Esiason.
The former Super Bowl quarterback, now a co-host of “NFL Today” on CBS, radio analyst for Monday Night Football and co-host of the popular “Boomer and Carton Show” heard on WFAN-AM/FM in New York (and soon to be seen on CBS Sports Network), recently chatted with Joe’s good friend Justin Pawlowski of WHFS-FM 98.7. He made a strong case for Team Glazer retaining Schiano.
“The good thing for Greg, this team did not collapse. This team came back and won some games. They beat some pretty decent teams. When you win in Detroit and you win over Miami, I mean, those are good wins right now when you look at where those teams are in relation to making the playoffs. You recognize that team never gave up on Coach Schiano. Hopefully the ownership is recognizing that. Hopefully the players there are recognizing that. And the one thing that I will say, if they keep him, it’s the same kind of thing that happened up here with Coach Coughlin and the Giants. Everyone was saying his old ways couldn’t mesh with today’s athletes and all that other stuff. So he kind of changed the way he was a little bit. He started doing things a little bit differently and lo and behold, Cough Coughlin won two Super Bowls with the Giants. Hopefully Glennon is the quarterback of the future and hopefully they let Coach Schiano grow with him and then you never know, you catch lightning in the bottle next year and make the playoffs.”
Those are salient points by “Boomer.” Can’t argue a whole lot with what he says, but, playoffs? PLAYOFFS?
The two Joes (of JoeBucsFan.com) are split on Schiano’s immediate job security. One believes, barring a complete and total meltdown, Schiano has already been granted a mulligan by Team Glazer, thanks in large part to the Rip Van Freeman/MRSA mess that sabotaged the season; the other Joe believes Schiano desperately needs at least one more win before he can begin to rest comfortably.
This much is certain: If Schiano returns, he very likely will be under a win-now-or-else edict from above –making a run for the playoffs in 2014 mandatory.