“Certainly Something Significant” Wrong

September 27th, 2013

Gabe Carimi started at left guard for the Bucs in the opening two games, but he’s sort of disappeared for nearly two weeks with an undisclosed illness.

“He’s been out all this time. So it’s not something, it’s certainly something significant,” Schiano said today. “But other than that I can’t go into more.” 

Is it MRSA-related? Schiano was asked. “No,” replied the head coach.

There are rules — written and unwritten — that prevent teams from revealing non-football issues that keep players off the field.

Joe can only hope Carimi isn’t in a life-threatening physical or mental condition.

38 Responses to ““Certainly Something Significant” Wrong”

  1. MakaevilTheDon Says:

    If you reporters studied Schiano’s responses, you might b able to get him to answer through careful questioning.

    If the answer is NO, he will say no.

    If the answer is YES, he will evade the question.

    Next Monday, ask him if Carimi’s injury is related to his knee.

  2. Bucfan66 Says:

    Wishing Carimi a speedy recovery but I can’t help but think that this is something very serious.

    Aaron Sears comes to mind…

  3. BirdDoggers Says:

    I hope he’s ok.

  4. Tampamac Says:

    Bucfan- Likewise… Sears was a sad case. Would’ve been one of the best guards in the league.. Interesting story though.. A good friend of mine works at a mental care facility and they won’t treat Sears there because their staff is not equipped to handle his outbursts with his massive size.

  5. RBellBuc Says:

    Maybe he’s got an attitude problem? Smear him then trade him, I say.

  6. Splengo Says:

    Gabe Carimi refused to report to camp because the Bears wanted him to play guard. He has come to the Bucs and my way or the highway Schiano is again forcing Carimi to play guard. Carimi is no wimp like Freeman and he is resisting. Schiano does not want to draw attention to this issue since he is under fire for so many bonehead moves that he prefers to say nothing. Sooner or later everybody is going to see what is happening in this locker room. Remember you heard it here first.

  7. Couch Fan Says:

    Your gonna have to do better than that weak theory Splengo.

  8. Tampamac Says:

    Splengo- His college O-line coach is here, so I highly doubt it. And I’d love to be paid millions to play a bit out of position. He’s actually the G/T swingman. If Dotson or Penn went down, he’d play T, but since it was Nicks, he was playing G as they felt more comfortable with him than Larsen.

  9. Buc1987 Says:

    Tampamac…come on man that’s just too simple…there has to be a scandal or conspiracy somewhere…

  10. Splengo Says:

    Ok. Let’s hear from the biggest and the brightest of the mobber nation. What do you think it is? Any other coach in the NFL would say, however vague, that it is this or that. What is Schiano hiding? He said it wasn’t MRSA related. Then what is it coach? This guy is a jerk of the highest order and the media is not going to let him forget it. When did truth and honesty get to be a problem? Get real people!

  11. BigMacAttack Says:

    Another product of Dominick’s dumpster diving. If the Bucs don’t win Sunday, Napoliano’s NFL obituary will soon be written. Our coach needs a lesson in humility.

    Bring in Bret Favre lol.

  12. Tony Says:

    Anyone know of HIPPA laws?

  13. Splengo Says:

    Yes Tony, I am familiar with these so-called Hippo laws. If you go outside to get your paper and a hippo is on your front lawn, get back inside as quick as possible – the most dangerous animal in Africa. Stay safe dude and don’t ask stupid questions.

  14. Pete 422 Says:

    All the best to Carimi.

  15. Drew Says:


    You hit it on the head and if it is related to an illness, then it falls under the privacy act and the Buc organization can not discuss it in any manner.

    Get well Gabe.

  16. pick6 Says:

    anybody looking for an NFL team or coach for detailed and truthful responses is living in fantasy land. anybody who gets ticked off with teams or coaches for being vague or misdirecting people with their answers should be prepared to be ticked off for as long as they follow the NFL or any pro sport.

  17. tamparob Says:

    Actually it’s HIPAA – Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 makes it illegal to share private health information of an employee, patient, etc. without their expressed written permission. If it’s not football related the Bucs are legally prohibited from talking about the injury. If the player takes it public (like Tynes did) then it’s OK, but they can’t say anything.

  18. pick6 Says:

    and yes HIPAA is a very real issue with very real consequences, both in terms of player relations and actual legal\financial ramifications

  19. MakaveliTheDon Says:


    a little off topic, but with the new tight-lipped Belicheck copycat coaching tactics, have you ever considered giving anonymous insiders a way to post a little insider knowledge on your website?? good or bad??

    you’d get total trust from other players that you wouldnt “out” them, and itd give us fans the only thing we really want, the truth. Im sure the heads at OBP wouldnt like that, but F em, your website status would blow up…. Just look at Schefters success with his insider knowledge and sources… just a thought.

  20. MakaveliTheDon Says:

    and it would keep Keiser Schiano and his minions in check…

  21. RBellBuc Says:

    My sources tell me that VJax is sick of all the BS, and that’s why he hasn’t done any interviews recently because there are a couple members of the press corp. he’d like to smash in the mouth, so it’s just better to stay away until it goes away, which at this point he thinks this is normal since he’s been here. He also said that if things look like they’re going to implode at the end of the season he may request a ticket out of town or hold out for more money. Either way he’s tired of the circus and drama for what was supposed to be a new, and fresh start away from San Diego.


    Don’t believe it people. It’s all a lie again.

  22. MakaveliTheDon Says:

    I know know you mostly relay other news sites’ articles, not that theres anything wrong with that…. but it’s be even better to relay some players’ words. you’d have so much clout, that eventually you’d OWN the heads at OPB.

  23. Adam L. Says:

    I bet it’s incurable crabs.

  24. MakaveliTheDon Says:

    hey player: wanna vent?? hit up Joe!

  25. MakaveliTheDon Says:


  26. BullDog Says:

    schiano virus. It’s a Teamdemic and it is starting to hit the fan base as well. 1 ticket and 1 tv at a time. cough cough puke

  27. Patrick Says:

    Trust, Belief and Accountability: three things which Schiano doesn’t even have, but yet that’s his philosophy he emphasizes. What a hypocrite.

  28. JonBuc Says:

    Season unlucky ’13 continues…

  29. JonBuc Says:

    Carimi looked a lot healthier and stout back in college to me…the Bears sure gave up on him early given his draft status.

  30. Tony Says:


    That’s pretty funny stuff there. Are you a professional comedian? If you aren’t you should really consider it. Stay safe ‘dude’.

  31. Splengo Says:

    No Tony,

    Just a typical website wise a$$, playing the tired old game of say something stupid that mobbers have become famous for.

    What you said makes perfectly good sense. My point is why couldn’t Schiano politely say – “it is a matter of a personal nature not football related and as such I’m not allowed to talk about it”.

    So I apologize if I came off like the smart a$$ I was trying to be. It was an auto reflex from responding to mobbers on this website. Live strong!

  32. RustyRhinos Says:

    Chin Up Gabe Carimi! Get whatever is wrong, wright And come back and bring it!

    Coach Schiano Said something vague about this? what is he supposed to say? “So it’s not something, it’s certainly something significant,” “But other than that I can’t go into more.” nothing more to say…

  33. Buc1987 Says:

    Hopefully Carimi is okay. I think the Bucs just need to let Freeman go too. Free up a roster spot. I hope his dad calls Dom over the weekend and says to Dom: Let my Freeman go. I hope they will let him go soon too. Maybe Monday or Tuesday please. Oh and Free..

    Don’t go away mad…just go away…:D

  34. Buc1987 Says:

    Don’t worry about a thing,
    ‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right.
    Singin’: “Don’t worry about a thing,
    ‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right!”

  35. Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Carimi is Italian, and the real problem is, Tampa is a real wasteland, for good Italian food.
    Remember, he came here from Chicago, where great Italian Food and Pizza is as common as tourists who can’t drive in Tampa are.
    The Man is simply starving himself to death here, and Schiano ( a fellow Italian) refuses to invite him over for dinner, cause he is such a Prick!

  36. Splengo Says:

    Sorry Apple,

    Your hearts in the right place, but your facts are just a tad off. Carimi has an Italian surname but he is born and raised Jewish and still today practices the faith. Taking it easy on you because you are not a mobber.

  37. adam from ny Says:

    i think the benching of free is going to only show more that the glaring issue here is coach schiano…he will be exposed to dom and the glazers…adam from ny

  38. MakaveliTheDon Says:


    keep trying buddy. I’ll catch your posin azz every. fucckin. time.