The Wobbly Pirate ShipSeptember 20th, 2013
Joe always used to chuckle when Bucs fans were often angry with BSPN (not that the outfit doesn’t provide enough ammo on a daily basis for people to be angry) or NFL Network because they didn’t talk enough about the Bucs.
Well, if you want national outlets to talk Bucs, either the team needs to win or there must be a lot of drama going on. Given the fact the Bucs are 0-2, you can figure out why Bucs news is now all the rage among national media types.
Enter known stalker and girlfriend beater Jay Mariotti, who decided to pile on with a unique take on an otherwise nuclear blast on the team.
Mariotti drops references to “One Hazmat Place” and Bucs quarterback “Rip Van Freeman” in documenting what has to have been a harrowing past six weeks or so for Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik and Bucs commander Greg Schiano.
In an otherwise scathing column, Mariotti at least gives credit to Bucs star cornerback Darrelle Revis for trying to right the pirate ship.
Whether that love-in will lead to any measure of equilibrium on this wobbling pirate ship is your guess or mine. All I know is, I’ve never seen a month quite like it — so many detrimental stories from all sides attacking a normally efficient organization. “I thought those New York days were over,” said Revis, smiling, knowing the New York, Philadelphia and Boston media would be salivating. And while Revis again stressed the significance of this team staying together when so much is wrong and uttered these vital words — “I think the best thing through these situations is to be honest, and for us as a team to stick together. A win will change everything. A win will change this whole atmosphere.” — the reality of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers can’t be changed.
One, they don’t have a quarterback.
Two, their coach has lost seven of his last eight games and, no matter what Revis says, is a couple of more bad losses from losing his team — and, ultimately, his job. If Schiano is an avowed disciplinarian, why so many penalties, many of the idiot variety? If he’s an authoritarian, why so much disarray?
Mariotti makes a salient point that Joe has brought up previously. Schiano is a disciplinarian, meaning stupid mental mistakes are usually intolerable and drummed out of the players’ heads in practice. Yet many of those stupid penalties can be directly connected to costing the Bucs one game and perhaps both (remember, Vincent Jackson had a touchdown catch voided last Sunday due to a penalty).
Combined with the dysfunctional way the offense acted to open the season, it makes Joe scratch his head wondering what the heck the team had been practicing throughout the summer and preseason.
When a team with a disciplinarian coach plays undisciplined, that’s not good for anyone’s job security, players or coaches.