Michael Bennett Blasts Greg SchianoOctober 24th, 2013
Joe has written time and again how the Bucs swung and missed worse than a Karlos Pena at-bat when they didn’t re-sign defensive end Michael Bennett in the offseason.
Yes, Bennett, who led the Bucs in sacks last year, was damaged goods. But that was why he was so cheap. And besides, if he couldn’t hack playing in the NFL because of being damaged goods, you cut him, or you make an injury settlement. It happens every year on virtually every team.
Raheem Morris, who as bad as he was isn’t looking so terrible today given the current state of the Bucs, had a famous saying, “I will tolerate you until I can replace you.” Well apparently, Bucs commander Greg Schiano couldn’t tolerate Bennett and he sure as hell hasn’t replaced him.
Bennett, known for candid commentary, was buttonholed by Maoist Michael Silver of NFL.com and completely unloaded on his former Bucs coach.
In a story that is scathing towards Schiano, Silver spoke with former Bucs players from last year and only Bennett, aopparently, was willing to go on the record.
“I think he just wants to flex his power,” Bennett says. “He has small (man’s) syndrome. I still talk to guys who are there, and trust me, there’s not much respect for him in that locker room.”
Bennett recounted a few stories about Schiano and his alleged iron-fisted ways. One was Bennett’s distaste for the Schiano kneel-down and Bennett claims when the Bucs tried this stunt against the Broncos last year, Peyton Manning was so incensed that he had an expletive-laced tirade at Schiano after the game.
“Peyton cussed him out,” recalls former Bucs defensive end Michael Bennett, who signed with the Seattle Seahawks as a free agent last March. “And I ain’t never heard Peyton cuss.”
According to Bennett, Bucs players weren’t thrilled with Schiano’s legal-but-dubious decree, either.
“People just really hate it when you have to dive at people’s legs,” Bennett says. “At the end of the day, we’ve got to keep going and move onto the next game and try to make a living. Some of these guys (on other teams) are our friends.”
Though Bucs players won’t go on record undermining Schiano for the Schiano kneel-down, it is clear they don’t like it. You want to see Gerald McCoy turn from happy to depressed in an instant? Ask him about the kneel-down.
Now before Joe gets going here, Joe must be fair and point out that Silver, for reasons unknown, has been a harsh critic of Schiano’s before the ink was dry on his contract with the Bucs. In previous articles, seems to have an ax to grind with Schiano. Silver apparently would love nothing more than to dance on Schiano’s NFL grave.
Bennett’s comments, thought, should not distract why Schiano is deservedly on the hot seat. You lose 11 of 12 games and start a season 0-6 with no end to the losing in sight, well, in the NFL, it’s time to start updating your resume and buy moving boxes.
Joe’s pretty confident after this story is out, it is very clear why the Bucs did not retain the services of their sack leader, an area in which the Bucs are woefully inept.