“Worse Than Ray Perkins”October 3rd, 2013
The Josh Freeman saga is slowly coming to an end now that the Bucs have washed their hands of their tardy and disgruntled former franchise quarterback.
It isn’t over quite yet, as there are sure to be barbs tossed at the Bucs from the Freeman camp in the coming days.
The past month or so have been head-spinning for veteran Tampa Tribune scribe eye-RAH! Kaufman, the Custodian of Canton, who has typed words about Tampa Bay sports for some three decades.
Last night Kaufman spoke to Rich Herrera and Steve White on WHFS-FM 98.7 to discuss the sorry state of the Bucs.
“I have been in this town 28 years. I have never seen a saga like this. A solid month, day to day, new developments, new revelations, speculation, rumor. Every day for the past month. This is much worse than Raheem’s last 10 games when they were outclassed and couldn’t compete. Worse than Ray Perkins. Worse than [Bill] Parcells turning them down twice. I have never seen a story with these kind of legs, gentlemen.”
As for the job security of embattled Bucs commander Greg Schiano, Kaufman noted December will be the tale of the tape whether he returns for a third season on the Bucs sidelines. Kaufman believes Schiano’s seat is ablaze.
“I think it is very hot, very hot and very surprising this early in the year. I think Schiano still has the support of ownership at this point. They are not happy at the [public relations] beating this franchise has taken and the potential impact of free agents coming in here. But he has won 7 of 20 games. Not very good. I think they give him more rope. A quick hook in a couple of weeks? Not going not happen.
“Which way is the arrow going up at the end of the season? [Jon] Gruden lost his last four. Raheem was 0-10 in his last games. The arrow going down, they can’t support you. We will see about Schiano.
“I think in the short term he is OK. If he finishes [the season] 2-14, he won’t have a leg to stand on. I think they are growing uncomfortable with what is going on.”
Joe thinks Kaufman’s take on how Schiano and the Bucs finish the season is interesting. Or as Kaufman says, “the arrow.” If the Bucs win, say, their last four of the season, it is hard to deny that progress is being made.
Still, it is hard to believe the Bucs are now in their 11th season since winning their last playoff game, and counting. They are beginning to encroach on Bill Bidwill territory with that type of drought.