Yesterday, Today And TomorrowOctober 28th, 2013
So Team Glazer decided (for now) to keep Bucs commander Greg Schiano in office, per reports from Jay Glazer of FOX Sports. Many Bucs fans are upset and alarmed. Not Joe.
Joe always looks at patterns and trends and history. Team Glazer has never launched a coach with regular season games still to be played. Never. Not Sam Wyche, not Father Dungy, not Chucky.
So why all of a sudden would Team Glazer break from history? IF anything, with the Bucs spiraling out of control, you don’t want to fix things until January.
Joe has long pimped keeping Schiano through the end of the year. There is not a logical reason to run Schiano right now (emotional reasons, yes; not logical). Of course, the Bucs are still searching for their first win of 2013. So what will two or three meaningless wins potentially with an interim coach do for the franchise? It can only hurt the franchise.
Right now it’s all about getting a good draft pick to land a stud offensive tackle while trading back into the first round to get a quarterback (Joe’s desire), or to land a quarterback with a top-three pick.
In the NFL, if you don’t have a quarterback, you have no shot. With apologies to Dave the TV producer and his comrades with the Mike Glennon Mob, Glennon has shown Joe little if anything that he can be that stud franchise quarterback. Hell, even Josh Freeman showed glimpses of stardom when he rallied the Bucs to beat the playoff-bound Packers in his first start. Glennon looks every bit the part of a back-up, third-round draft pick.
So, no, Joe is not shocked Team Glazer has reportedly given (at least a temporary) Schiano a vote of confidence. Only people who do not follow the Bucs closely would suggest otherwise.
Prepping For Seattle: Joe really isn’t sure how Schiano has kept the locker room. With Seattle on deck, he must really be pushing a heck of a sales job to get the Bucs to believe they can waltz into Whatever-the-Hell-They-Call-That-Stadium in Seattle where it will be cold, likely drizzling, and playing before a raucous crowd.
How exactly is Schiano going to pull a wool over his players’ eyes? They will get to Russell Wilson? They will run the ball down Seattle’s throats? They will shame Richard Sherman?
Yes, stranger things have happened. Not much stranger than believing the Bucs can go to Seattle with virtually no offense and spank the Seahawks.
Playing hard: Glazer’s report came out hours after a story typed by Tampa Tribune Bucs beat guy Woody Cummings, a take that one reason Schiano is still with the Bucs is because he has yet to lose the locker room.
That’s a fair point. Losing the locker room means players have tuned out the coaches. They are freelancing or have thrown in the towel. There isn’t much evidence of that.
Joe remembers when the Bucs hosted Dallass on an NFL Network Thursday night game in Raheem Morris’ waning weeks as Bucs coach, and promptly got blown out. NFL Network analyst Deion Sanders said after the game, “Folks, I’ve seen quit before. And this team [Bucs] has quit.”
Well, if the team hasn’t quit, and many suggest the Bucs have talent, that means the coaching staff as a whole has done a miserable job with the team. Joe doesn’t think anyone would disagree.
Offensive line: Two reasons Joe has been banging the drum for Texas A&M tackle Jake Matthews is that the Bucs’ offensive line flat out stinks. It really needs an infusion of new blood and someone that can anchor that line for years to come. Without blocking, your offense can’t do a damned thing. With blocking, your offense opens up tremendously.
The second reason Joe likes Matthews, aside from the fact he is one of the best offensive linemen in the country, is his bloodlines. His father is Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthews. His cousin in Clay Matthews, wild linebacker with the Packers.
Changes?: Last week, Schiano said he plans on using the long weekend to see what the Bucs are doing wrong and trying to cut that out of the playbook. He’s got a lot to choose from.
It is interesting Schiano is talking about changes with the wolves at his door. Too little; too late.
Lions: On the back of Calvin Johnson and a sweet heads-up play by Matt Stafford, Detroit did in Dallass. Joe loved it and it shows what you can do with a good quarterback. The Lions are for real.
49ers: Just imagine you play for San Francisco, and you had to travel halfway around the globe just to slap around the hapless Jags? Not sure anyone has noticed, but Colin Kaepernick’s passing numbers are really pedestrian this season.
Chiefs: The Browns gave the Chiefs a scare in the second half, but the Chiefs keep on winning. That shows what quality drafting will do for you. While Scott Pioli flamed out because he was a reported raving lunatic of a dictator and couldn’t pick a coach, the man was really, really solid with the draft.
Saints: New Orleans just keeps on winning. Joe’s pretty sure, barring a collapse, they win the NFC South.
Patriots: Boston teams truly are the devil. Tom Brady gets his hand injured and TV cameras catch how swollen it is, but Bill Belicheat and Brady claim his hand is “perfect.” Joe’s going to guess Brady would be fined $20,000 if he told a reporter he has a dirty fingernail, despite video evidence.
Giants: Joe has been asking where are all these NFL sophists that bragged – after just one half of football in the opening week – that Chip Kelly has revolutionized NFL offenses. Welp. His Beagles had a grand total of one touchdown yesterday losing to the Giants. The Beagles now have scored a grand total of 10 points the past two games. Pppfffttt. The Bucs can do that with a backup quarterback, backup running back and Schiano controlling the offense. The Giants, meanwhile, are getting better, which is what good coaching can do for a team.
Bengals: Cincinnati keeps on winning and much-maligned Andy Dalton will take the Bengals to the playoffs for the third time in as many years. Mock Dalton if you will, but this is what you call getting the job done.
Raiders: Sleazy Terrelle Pryor runs for a 93-yard touchdown run and the Raiders beat the Steelers in a battle of 1970s heavyweights. Are the Raiders starting to improve or is Joe just hallucinating?
Cardinals: They beat the reeling Dixie Chicks and are still in the hunt for a wild card. Bruce Arians is doing a helluva job since his quarterback is washed up Carson Palmer. And the Desert Rats picked off Matty Ice four times. Wow.
Broncos: America’s favorite regular season quarterback did a number on the Redskins and RGIII who injured his knee again. Joe has the feeling this is going to be nagging Griffin all his career.
Packers: Aaron Rodgers is a freaking surgeon. The guy is so accurate it isn’t funny. He threw two passes last night that buzzed within inches of a defender’s earhole, one of those passes was a touchdown. Both passes, the Vikings had excellent coverage on the play. Sometimes, a quarterback is so good, you simply cannot defend him and can only hope he can be sacked or rushed out of bounds. That was Rodgers last night, who was 10-for-10 on third down passes.
Non NFL thoughts:
Joe starts with a couple of inside baseball/media things.
1. Joe got to meet WFLA-TV Channel 8 meteorologist Leigh Spann and her husband, Dave the TV Producer, at the North Carolina State-Florida State tailgate Saturday. Joe is not going to provide Dave’s full name as he is the Don of the Mike Glennon Mob. No sense in unleashing the Freemanites on him. That would be rude.
When rumors began circling that Josh Freeman might be benched, Dave was begging for Bucs coach Greg Schiano to start Glennon.
Dave is a North Carolina State alum, which is, of course ,where Glennon played. Dave is an acquaintance of Glennon’s family, and knows Mike just a little. Hence, why he is the Don of the Mike Glennon Mob. Both Leigh and Dave are hardcore college football fans and they are on the road virtually every weekend of the football season watching their respective alma maters. Really cool people, Dave and Leigh are. Joe had a fun time visiting with them.
2. The Tampa Bay area is losing a good guy. WFTS-TV, Channel 28 sports anchor and sometimes news anchor Andrew Luria broadcast his final newscast in the area last night. “Drew” is headed for a news anchor gig in San Diego.
There may not be a nicer guy than Drew that covers the Bucs. The guy was passionate about his job and it showed in his work. It’s a big step up in his career so Joe wishes Drew the best of luck. Now he will have to navigate those weird 10 a.m. kickoffs of his beloved Redskins.
3. Joe caught some flack for typing this on Twitter Saturday, but he doesn’t care. Saturday was the second time Joe has seen Jameis Winston in person and Joe has seen leaky former Bucs franchise quarterback Josh Freeman countless times. Joe is emphatic that Winston, as a freshman in college, is more polished than Freeman is as a fifth-year pro. Of course, Winston is facing college defenses, not NFL defenses. But Freeman would give his left (youknowhat) to be as accurate as Winston, and Joe has yet to see Winston lose his cool in traffic. He makes spot-on throws downfield when he knows he is going to be blasted. Shoot, with Freeman, if a defensive tackle passed gas, he got rattled and threw the ball out of bounds.
4. Johnny Football just toys with people. With a bum throwing shoulder he fries Vanderbilt Saturday. Today, Johnny Football is your best quarterback in college. Dude has better numbers than he did last year and has to compensate for a totally garbage defense. Joe also must tip his cap to the Vanderbilt cheerleader who was trying to lure Johnny Football into a drunken trap, inviting him to a pool party.
5. People talk about Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M’s coach, as a potential NFL candidate. Candidate for what? Joe has nothing against Sumlin, but what has he done to suggest he is ready to be an NFL coach? Greg Schiano has done more.
Sumlin took over a program with a future Heisman Trophy winner dropped in his lap, a guy he tried to run off the football program, mind you. Sumlin turned around the Aggies last year, granted, with players recruited by Mike Sherman. If Sumlin was such a great coach, how is it his defense is a gutless sieve, one of the worst in the nation? Sumlin may one day be one of better coaches in the nation. Some day. But he’s got to have a little more on his resume than developing gimmick offenses that do well in Conference USA.
6. If Joe had to guess, it will be Florida State vs. UCF in the Orange Bowl. Yick. If there is one bowl that was totally killed off by the BCS, it was the Orange Bowl. Year after year that used to be one of the best bowl games. When is the last time the Orange Bowl was worth watching, when Florida State played Penn State? That was, what, eight years ago?
7. So it looks like Missouri is fraudulent, right? Right? Choked away a game vs. South Carolina. Scratch off Missouri.
8. Speaking of resume updating, Bo Pelini better be looking for a good real estate agent. Here this guy is supposed to be a defensive guru and his defenses are getting torched. By Big Ten offenses, no less. The latest was getting slapped around by Minnesota. Minnesota! How far has the mighty Cornhuskers program fallen when they are getting lit up by the Gophers? Man.
9. The BCS usually lets in one team from one of the non-automatic qualifying conferences (Joe isn’t sure the AAC qualifies). So who do they pick? Northern Illinois, UCF or Fresno State?
10. Has any of Joe’s loyal readers done any homework on Jimmy Garoppolo yet? If not, why not? He may be a name you should become familiar with.
11. Joe is too depressed to drop a baseball item here, other than Kolton Wong is on Joe’s s(p)itlist.