Greg Schiano: Pick-Six Turning Point

December 2nd, 2012

Let’s be honest: The Bucs traveled to hostile territory and played one of the best teams in the NFL, didn’t play well offensively, and still were within one score.

Not being able to overcome adversity by Josh Freeman (in the third quarter, specifically) may be the difference between a good team and an average team. The Bucs now hold a 6-6 record. In the immortal words of Tuna Parcells, you are what your record says you are.”

After the game speaking on the Bucs radio network, Bucs coach Greg Schiano pointed to Freeman’s pick-six to Von Miller as the turning point in the game.

“I think we gave up a touchdown, a pick-six, which kind of changes the complexion of the game,” Schiano said. “You have to be realistic and understand Peyton Manning is going to [make plays]. He doesn’t need any help. We almost had to go to a two-minute offense because we were down three scores. That took us out of the tempo of what we were wanting to do which was a run-pass mix.

“But this team, these players, they keep fighting, which is what I love about this team. I make it clear how the vision changes [in a game]. We didn’t envision being down 18 points. It was no different than Carolina, just didn’t get it done this week.

“You never want to put [a loss] behind you. You need to learn from it and let the hurt hurt. You need to use the hurt as fuel and don’t waste away time. Go to work this week and the Eagles game will be here.”

6 Responses to “Greg Schiano: Pick-Six Turning Point”

  1. canadianbuc Says:

    Why can’t we play with urgency the whole game like in a two-minute offense. With our Defense no lead is safe and we seem to play better in a two-minute offense tempo

  2. Joe Says:

    Good point Canadian. Freeman seems to excel at that. And roll outs too.

  3. Tampa2 Says:

    Well…I guess TECHNICALLY it was a one score game when you look at the final score, but it sure didn’t feel like it. The reality is the game was over in the 3rd quarter. Freeman had a ton of garbage yards the last 6 min of the 4th. Denver was ready to be done with this game, and the Bucs (god bless em) kept going at it up until the final second. I was a little annoyed with John Fox saying at halftime that Denver “was just beating themselves,” but then the 3rd quarter happened and sure as shi not Denver started executing, and in the blink of an eye the game was over. But hey, Philly and St Louis should be wins, you win one against NO or ATL, Seattle loses a few once their 2 starting CB’s get suspended, and boom. 9-7. 6th seed going into Green Bay in the First Round of the playoffs..

  4. Dave Says:

    It was very close gme for quarter, just not the 3rd.

    “… and let the hurt hurt.” love that line

  5. Kevin Says:

    We have the only quarterback in the entire NFL that NEVER takes off and runs the ball! I understand Manning not running the ball he’s pushing 40. Freeman, defenses know you aren’t going to run come hell or high water! I just don’t get this guy…. Remember 2010?

  6. upthegut Says:

    The play just before the pick six was an incomplete pass to Dallas Clark. A clear pass interference – NOT CALLED. Next play pick six. Refs “helped” determine another Bucs loss. That play was the ball game!