Schiano: Bucs Won’t Come “Storming Back”October 29th, 2013
It saddens Joe to type up example after example of what Joe will call the New Schiano Reality.
Head coach Greg Schiano seems to have lost all kinds of perspective of his team’s performance, what they must do to perform, and what they can do.
The latest example comes from the Buccaneers Radio Network last night on WDAE-AM 620. Schiano was pressed to explain why his team is outplayed brutally in the second half of games. The coach’s attitude was troubling.
Bucs Fan caller: … In the second half, I don’t know if we’re getting outcoached or outplayed, or just we don’t have the conditioning. It seems like we’re sticking close in the first half and then we’re not having a strong second half. My question, pointedly, would be how we’re going to correct that moving forward?
Greg Schiano: The second half, as far as adjustments go, you know, I look back at this last game. We come out and I think we’re doing a good job. We get a big third down stop, and then we put a punt on the ground. I don’t know if that’s an adjustment or not. But you know then we go down and it becomes a 21-6 game. And you know, I agree, but we’re not at the point offensively where we’re going to come storming back and score 30 points. That’s just not who we are right now. We’re struggling a little bit up front with some things. We’ve got some issues right now. Mike [Williams] was playing injured and trying to see if he couldn’t push through [his hamstring.]
Schiano went on to say injuries and the lack of “cumulative reps,” aka continuity, has hurt the offense, though Schiano conceded the offense wasn’t good when the team was healthy early in the season.
First, what the heck is Schiano talking about “storming back?” The Bucs’ first four drives of the second half gained a grand total of 42 yards — 42 yards! – while the Panthers methodically extended their halftime lead of 14-6 to 31-6 midway through the fourth quarter.
This “storming back” Schiano talks about glosses over the fact the Bucs can’t move the chains when it counts.
And why can’t the Bucs “storm back?” Team Glazer is paying Vincent Jackson more than $10 million a year to make plays. The Bucs are pass blocking reasonably well. Are we to believe the Bucs don’t have enough talent to eat up yards and Schiano and friends can’t coach a two-minute offense?
Bucs fans were told Mike Glennon is the guy. Joe recalls Josh Freeman engineering fourth-quarter comebacks early in his career with receivers like Micheal Spurlock, Sammie Stroughter and Maurice Stovall. That’s right, Stovall caught more balls from Freeman than any other wide receiver in 2009.
Joe hates the “we-can’t” attitude.
And “storming back” isn’t just about offense. It’s about making big plays on defense, something the Bucs aren’t doing enough, despite elite talent on that side of the ball.