Sean Payton Defends Greg SchianoSeptember 15th, 2013
Few Bucs fans will sleep tonight, tossing and turning in their beds, stomachs racked with acid reflux over Bucs commander Greg Schiano’s decision to attempt a 47-yard field goal on fourth-and-three with 1:10 remaining after call a run play on 3rd-and-6.
Rian Lindell’s attempt was no good, and Saints quarterback Drew Brees had a short field to work with when he sliced through the Bucs defense to set up the Saints’ game-winning field goal.
Had the Bucs attempted a pass and converted for a first down, or even scored a touchdown, the game would have been over. So many Bucs fans turned to Twitter and other social media and blasted Schiano for playing too conservative — once again — and costing the Bucs a win.
Well, Saints coach Sean Payton, a former college classmate of Joe’s, doesn’t want to hear it. In his postgame press conference, Payton raced to Schiano’s defense.
“It was the right thing to do,” Payton said of Lindell’s failed attempt. “I think it was the right thing. It had plenty of distance, right?”
Well, yeah, if the ball would not have hooked so badly, and gone through the uprights, the Saints would have been in a pickle, needing to go the length of the field after a kickoff needing a touchdown to win.
The thing is, a first down puts the game away for the Bucs. Joe has to wonder whether the clear struggles of Bucs franchise quarterback Josh Freeman (yet again) led either Bucs offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan or Schiano to simply not trust Freeman to get a first down.
To Joe, that speaks volumes. Oh, and Freeman’s updated record against teams with a winning record? It’s now a woeful 6-16.