At Quarter Pole, Schiano Hitting Firing PointsSeptember 29th, 2013
Any 0-4 head coach goes on the proverbial hot seat. That’s life in the NFL.
Greg Schiano, however, has failed in ways that makes his seat hotter than most.
1) Team looks undisciplined.
2) Regression from the previous season.
3) Lost nine out of 10.
4) Look thoroughly inept in one phase of the game: offense
5) Coach is getting clobbered by local and national media and fuels a circus atmosphere.
6) Losing despite a load of talent.
Schiano is now 0-6 in close games during his Bucs career. That’s not a coincidence.
Barring a miracle revival, the only thing that could save Schiano is his defense. It’s impossible to ignore how the Bucs defense has been overhauled under the New Schiano Order.
The Bucs have allowed a flimsy 70 points. That’s less than 18 points per game.
The Bucs offense has been abysmal all season, further magnifying what Gerald McCoy, Lavonte David, Darrelle Revis and friends have accomplished. Today’s effort was dynamite, just the way the Bucs fantasized in the offseason, blitzing pressure with raw talent and skill on display with interceptions by Johnthan Banks and Revis.
It was made clear by everyone when Greg Schiano was hired, including by rockstar general manager Mark Dominik on last week’s radio pregame show, that the Bucs are running “Greg Schiano’s defense.” Defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan said it shortly after he was hired, and new linebackers coach Robb Smith told Joe in the spring that the Bucs defense was nearly identical to what he ran under Schiano at Rutgers.
The point is that Schiano deserves the credit. And the defense’s performance, assuming it continues strong, could very well keep Schiano employed in Tampa Bay, even if the Bucs struggle to five-win season.
Perhaps Schiano’s biggest challenge is keeping the defense playing at this level. Because to get those wins, they’ll likely have to play even better.