Schiano Is DelusionalOctober 15th, 2013
Joe’s getting worried about Greg Schiano. The man is delusional.
After a Bucs’ 3-and-out and punt from the Tampa Bay 10 yard line Sunday, the Eagles had the ball with 8:03 remaining in the fourth quarter leading 28-20.
The Eagles proceeded to run the ball 11 consecutive times up the gut of the Bucs’ defense – 11 in a row! — to set up the game-icing field goal with 2:34 on the clock. The Bucs’ hurry-up offense then managed one first down before turning the ball over on downs and the Eagles lined up in victory formation.
Yet somehow, Schiano believes the Bucs “had an opportunity to win” that game.
Schiano made this claim on the Buccaneers Radio Network last night on WDAE-AM 620. What was even scarier to Joe was Schaino also claiming the Bucs were in the same boat in New England, where they were blown out 23-3.
“There’s no panic. We understand that, you know, there’s a lot of things that have gone on in these five games and, you know, with everything that’s happening, we believe that as a staff, we firmly believe that, you know, we had an opportunity to win all five of those football games,” Schiano said. “And you know what, we need to keep going, need to keep the players continuing to grow and get better. That’s why we practice. That’s why we meet and walk-through. And as we do that, we’re going to start winning. And when we do, we’re going to keep winning.”
Again, it’s stunning to Joe that Schiano believes the Bucs were close to beating the Eagles or Patriots. Keep in mind Bill Belicheat didn’t kick a field goal or try for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter against the Bucs, opting to hand the ball off to LeGarrette Blount on 4th-and-6 from the Bucs’ 11 yard line. That was a gift to Schiano.
As Jonathan Casillas detailed to Joe on Sunday, “It’s easy to put together a three quarter game, you know a lot of people can do that.”
Schiano believing the Bucs are competitive when they’re not is downright scary.