Billboards Are News To Greg SchianoOctober 25th, 2013
The biggest news of the day, a day full of Bucs news, may have been the new billboards in Tampa and in St. Petersburg, specifically next to the Fruitdome on northbound I-275, that simply say “Fire Schiano.’
There will be 17 more.
A local radio station is using the cry screamed by Bucs fans for days if not weeks to help promote their radio station by tapping into the pulse of the Tampa Bay community that wants Schiano ousted yesterday, no matter the consequences.
Schiano was asked about the billboards in his postgame press conferene tonight and claimed he was not aware of them.
“I dont know,” Schiano said of the impact of the billboards on the team. “I think our players — they have all been involved in competitive athletics for a long time, so I don’t think that really concerns them. Quite frankly, I didn’t know there were [billboards], so that’s how dialed-in I am I guess.”
While the billboards may be news, Schiano is well aware of the heckling fans hurled at him at recent games, especially the cascade of boos and barbs and insults hurled at him as he left the field and entered the tunnel after the loss to the Stinking Panthers.
“It doesn’t affect me,” Schiano said. “People are certainly entitled to their opinion. Here is the thing: My whole career — player and coach — you get up in the morning, you work as hard and as smart as you can, it usually puts you to bed tired, and you get up and do it again. That’s teh way I do it. [We] do it the best we can — our coaches, our players — [and] stick together. Sometimes it doesn’t go your way. We’ve just got to keep doing it, look for new ways to make us better, and hopefully go get a win in Seattle. You can sit there and cry about it and feel sorry for yourself, but that isn’t going to help anything. You just get back to work, get on this tape, get better.”
So Bucs fans, Schiano may not see the billboards [yet], but he does here your cries. They make him more determined to turn the Bucs around.