Leave Greg Schiano Alone!October 26th, 2013
Joe was on the field near the Bucs sidelines in the waning moments of the Bucs loss to the Stinking Panthers Thursday and heard the angry masses screaming for Greg Schiano to be banished from the premises of the Stadium on Dale Mabry Highway.
After the game, Bucs stud defensive tackle Gerald McCoy had words for some of the fans who had choice words for Schiano.
“I think a lot of what they said wasn’t cool,” GMC said. “I understand being frustrated but you have to show a little class. Some of the things they were saying were uncalled for.”
Joe can’t disagree. It’s one thing to chant “Fire Schiano,” among other things, but to suggest Schiano and other coaches (and some players) perform acts that are anatomically impossible is a bit over the top.
Friday, per Pat Yasinskas of ESPN, GMC raced to Schiano’s defense Friday as it seems the entire Tampa Bay community has the torches lit and is ready to storm One Buc Palace.
“If you want to be angry about the game or what’s going on, be angry because we’re angry, too. But don’t disrespect him as a man,” McCoy said. “That man has a wife. He has kids at home. We have wives and kids. Just keep it to football. Don’t take it outside of that. If you want to be whatever in football, that’s OK. Be angry. We expect you to be angry. Nobody wants to be 0-7. But just leave everything else alone.
“Just keep it to the game. It’s still just a game. We’ve got lives outside of football. When you disrespect a man as a person, then you’re taking it too far.”
Joe can’t disagree with anything GMC says. If you think Schiano is the worst thing walking since Leeman Bennett, then tell him that, that’s fine. That’s football. But to go after his family is a bit much.
Besides, the hollering at Schiano isn’t accomplishing anything. Joe is guessing Schiano’s record gets Team Glazer’s attention much better than some drunken louts rambling.