Don’t Fire Greg SchianoOctober 21st, 2013
Yes, you read that headline correctly. Joe doesn’t think it is prudent to fire the Bucs commander today, despite the ugliest of ugly tailspins the franchise is in, losing 11 of 12 games and One Buc Palace enveloped in drama and controversy.
Just what good would it do to release Schiano this week? You mean the Bucs might be propelled to win three games? Oh, good! Kiss goodbye to Jake Matthews or Jadeveon Clowney or Teddy Bridgewater.
It seems ESPN’s Pat Yasinskas is of the same mind, sort of. He doesn’t think it is smart at all to let the embattled Bucs commander loose.
But the alternative that so many fans want — an interim coach — isn’t the answer. Sure, the Bucs could make special teams coordinator Dave Wannstedt their interim coach. He has been an NFL head coach before. Or the Bucs could turn to Butch Davis, who is a special adviser to Schiano. Davis also has been an NFL head coach.
What good would either of those moves do the Bucs, who have to turn around and play a Thursday night game against Carolina? Firing Schiano and replacing him with Wannstedt or Davis would only throw this team into more disarray — and, yes, that is possible.
Going the interim route never is the answer. You only do that when things are totally out of control and you’re only prolonging the inevitable — the arrival of a new coach.
Now to be fair, Joe and Yasinskas want Schiano to stay for far different reasons. Joe wants a damned good draft slot. Winning games for the Bucs at this point is like going to a clothing optional establishment where you can’t touch the hired hands. I mean, what’s the point?
Yasinskas thinks there is a chance — albeit, a very, slim chance — that Schiano, with three years left on his contract, can still turn the Bucs around.
Either way, bouncing Schiano now just for the sake of doing something accomplishes nothing except to pacify AngryFan. If anything, it could scare away potential coaching candidates thinking Team Glazer will not support them through tough times.