Blame Me, Says Greg Schiano

December 2nd, 2013

Bucs running back Bobby Rainey touched upon it yesterday after the game when he said the Bucs’ running game couldn’t get on track because Carolina was doing things the Bucs had not prepared for or seen.

Now, Rainey didn’t go into detail what those things were, but Bucs commander Greg Schiano took responsibility, per Pat Yasinskas of, and said point fingers at him, not the players.

“We didn’t do enough to help them as coaches and we didn’t execute well enough on the field,” Schiano said.

Yes, the three-week dynasty that was the Bucs is over. The criticism of Schiano and speculation about his job security are flowing again, and they should be. After winning their previous three games, the Bucs took about six steps back with their worst performance of the season.

Joe doesn’t know about six steps back. If Vincent Jackson scores on his long catch from Mike Glennon, who knows what happens. The fact the Stinking Panthers took a three-score lead in the third quarter, Schiano said the Bucs had to then abandon the running game.

If Jackson scores (remember the Bucs got no points despite having 1st-and-goal), the Bucs don’t throw the towel in on the running game so early.

Sometimes, you just have to doff your cap to the other team. The Stinking Panthers are one of the best teams in the NFL. They curb-stomped the Bucs’ offensive line. That was your ballgame.

Did the Bucs take a step or two backwards? Sure did. They are who we thought they were: a team with a losing record.

28 Responses to “Blame Me, Says Greg Schiano”

  1. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    Joe, did you hear that extremely long pause when a reporter asked if he thought there was a huge gap between the Panthers and the Bucs???

  2. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    FYI Joe, the only thing that has bothered me about your site, was when the videos would auto play. But that was a long time ago, back when we all thought the pop-star was the right man for the job!

    Keep up the great work Joe!

  3. Espo Says:

    Don’t have to ask me twice

  4. Scott Says:

    I probably click on this site 50 times a day during the NFL season, usually from work computer. Your site is too slow to load and now has the additional, gimmicky, “read more” BS. I will check back occasionally, but am switching to other sites until “read more” is gone.

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Both of our lines were completly dominated yesterday….that really hasn’ happened except with the Panthers…..most other games one or the other is playing fairly well. I have absolutely no idea what caused that except to assume that Carolina is just much better than we are, man-for-man in the trenches.

  6. MotorBoaters Says:

    Just follow Joe on Twitter, when Joe tweets an article just hit the attached link which takes you right to the article. Plus Joe is a great follow for late night shenanigans.

  7. Vic Says:

    @Scott – So you load the site 50 times a day but are going cold turkey. Why not just come 10 times a day and click all you want? Joe, seriously, people are hilarious. You told everybody changes are coming, and the site really isn’t a problem as is.

  8. Patrick in VA Says:

    @TBBF – from where I sat it looked like just what you said. they’re just a flat out better team than we are at this point. People talk about where our QB ranks against the other QBs in our division but we don’t match up well in a number of other significant positions and areas when compared to our divisional rivals. QB is the least of my worries right now. Shoring up our lines and getting a defensive backfield that can stay on the field without being injured or suspended are a pretty big hole in my opinion.

  9. Awaiting moderation Says:

    We got out played on both sides. They really man handled our OL. The bucs were completely out coached. There has to be a replacement kicker out there somewhere. @ least try and fix that problem For CS.

  10. lakeland fan Says:

    We stink,fire Schiano.

  11. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    @ Patrick

    I think we need several players….TE, WR, OT, DT, CB

    If we get the 5th or 6th pick….we should find a trading partner and trade down therefore picking up another 2nd rounder…..then later in the 1st…pick the best available…..perhaps TE or WR….

  12. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Sorry….we need DE…not DT…

  13. Patrick in VA Says:

    @awaiting moderation – Lindell is on the team as a result of a mad scramble to replace the kicker we had and the backup that we had in place that we were happy with. There aren’t any more kickers out there. There might be a soccer player out there that might be willing to give it a shot for a couple weeks but is that really an improvement?

  14. flmike, is back... Says:

    It’s really very simple, sometimes, the other team is just better than you are…

  15. Patrick in VA Says:

    @TBBF – I agree. We need to get healthy and we need to fill in our holes with talent. I love that it’s a QB heavy draft because that means that while everyone else is trying to get a QB they’re not getting the other talent available so that should give us a chance to fill in some holes with solid draft picks. Dominick doesn’t like drafting O-linemen so I’d be happy to see a WR and CB in the first two rounds and fill in the holes with best available the rest of the way

  16. stvcl Says:


    An easy solution to not wanting to repeatedly clicking the “read more” is to:
    1. Go to the most recent post
    2. Read to bottom and click “read more”
    3. Finish the article and read comments if you choose.
    4. Navagate to the top of the page and click on the previous posts, it will load fully with comments… continue until you’ve read all new posts.

    Not that hard. Go Bucs and thanks Joe for giving us the best Bucs coverage.

  17. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    @ Patrick

    Because of the heavy QB picks…we might be able to trade down for an extra pick and get a WR, TE & CB in rounds 1 & 2…
    Also, there should be some veteran QB backups available….
    We should have some cap space for a DE or OT….
    We have to capitalize on all the money we spent on Revis & Goldson….filling out our secondary and improving our pass rush will do that.
    We need Nicks to be healthy….

  18. Bill Says:


    Agree totally, Carolina is a better team, they’ve just beaten 8 NFL teams
    in a row, that says a lot. Amazing to me while we won 3 in a row the haters
    remained quiet, lose 1 to the hottest team in the league and they come out
    in droves. I’ve been around along time, haters never change. I really don’t
    understand if they hate the Bucs that much why be a fan? IMHO Thanks

  19. Patrick in VA Says:

    @TBBF – We’ve got the freeman money available now. should be able to go to free agency for a number of needs but I’d like to see some good young WR talent to come through the draft to grow with glennon. Would like to get a talented CB that can learn from Revis while we’ve got him

  20. BirdDoggers Says:

    The same problems persist. Poor play calling and lack of adjustments. The three game win streak masked the fact that the problems are still there. This team was manhandled by the Panthers twice. That’s not acceptable, considering the talent on the roster.

  21. Brian Jones Says:

    Blame our OL and DL for this loss. Geesh – they were just completely man handled all day. Blocking for your QB – or rushing to get the opposing QB does not fall on coaching. It falls on lack of hustle.

  22. Phillip Says:

    The 3 game win streak was against Dolphins(Biggest STORY of the year breaks heading into the game against us talk about a distraction!), Falcons(They gave up on the season and Top 3 playmakers on offense all hurt when they played us), Lions(we tried to lose this game and still couldn’t because they kept turning the ball over).. The same thing happened last year.. We go on a win streak then fall flat on our face.. Besides the two win streaks from Schiano.. We have a combined 3 wins.. First game last year..Chiefs in like week 5 of last year.. and last game last year.. And people thought he should come back after those 3 wins? GTFO… I’ve watched the Bucs since I was a kid in their Peachy jerseys(you know when people thought you swung the wrong way if you liked them) I’ve NEVER seen a coach so stubborn and think his way is the only way you can win in this league.. Go back to College… Glazers need to hire an OFFENSIVE Head Coach if we want any kind of continuity with Glennon or hopefully our 1st round QB in the 2014 draft. For all the Glennon lovers.. Ya he played terrible.. You want him to stick around as the starter you better start hoping our next head coach is Dirk Koetter( O coordinator for Falcons)

  23. Mr. Patrick Says:

    Bucs can have every player on their roster healthy, draft the best players coming out, and score big in free agency. But as long as this coaching staff is in place the Bucs will never be better than just mediocre. So they beat a horrible team, a team with major distractions and no O-line and a team that gave them a game. The Bucs saw yesterday the kind of team that they want to be but are a LONG way off. And I think that they need an offensive minded head coach. The last time they had one of those they won a Superbowl

  24. SG5821 Says:

    John Gruden was fired because his team was manhandled by the Panthers (Demise began there). may be Schiano will have the same fate- you just cannot get manhandled by a division opponent….

    If you notice, this has been a recurring problem with this coach.. You win 2 or 3 games consecutively and suddenly you get Outcoached.. and then you go on a loosin streak

  25. Patrickbucs Says:


    I agree those 3 wins were not against 3 good teams but I think you short changed the Bucs on those.

    1) Miami – so we haven’t had similar if not worse issues going into that game? That was a MNF Sapp night, not losing that.
    2) Atlanta – we hit all on all cylinders that game until mop up time. The Falcons team that you said “gave up on the season” almost best the Daints the following week losing by 4 while giving up 17. They just beat the Bills this week. Not sure your statement is valid.
    3) Lions – we were fortunate to win that, however we also pissed away 2 chances when we created to’s in the red zone and came away with zero points.

  26. Patrick in VA Says:

    I’m sure there will be changes to the coaching staff in the offseason but I can’t imagine an entire coaching overhaul. They’ll plug McNulty in at OC and bring in another DC.

  27. Que589 Says:


    I’m convinced, it’s poor coaching. In the 1st half our offense moved (passing) the ball at will and our D stifled their offense. But w/ this conservative offensive scheme and strategy Schiano has implemented our offense becomes stagnant, go 3 and out, doesn’t score touchdowns, subsequently causing the D to stay on the field. Eventually any pro offense is going to score if they continue to get chances. These college stunts & blitzes are too easy for NFL offenses to pick up that’s why they’re ineffective. It’s obvious. Does the media ever challenge him on that? Schiano isn’t adjusting to the pro game from a philosophical perspective.

  28. Buc89 Says:

    The detroit win was a fluke. Schiano needs to go, as long as he’s our coach we will never beat winning teams consistently. Our defense is fast enough to contain cam newton and we can’t even do that(FAILscheme.) It’s all the coach, fire the coach at the end of the season please.