Donald Penn Endorses Schiano “100 Percent”

December 9th, 2013

The Bucs ironman speaks out

Until Team Glazer gives a public blessing of 2014 to Greg Schiano, the issue of Schiano’s job security will be a hot topic among Bucs fans.

How could it not be? The Bucs’ wacky, disappointing season launched a furious assault on all things Schiano — from Tampa to Trenton to Cuba to whatever planet Josh Freeman now lives on.

Joe so eager to learn of Schiano’s fate like any other fan. It’s like waiting for the season finale of Lost or Melrose Place, or perhaps the next Aqib Talib meltdown.

Donald Penn stood tall today in a 1-on-1 session with Joe to publicly back the leader of the New Schiano Order in no uncertain terms.

“[Schiano’s] been even keel the whole year,” Penn said. “We’re a good team; we just had a lot of things not go our way this year. Had a lot of distractions, but one thing we ain’t doing, we ain’t making no excuses. We’re coming out; we’re coming to work every week. We’re fighting. We’re fighting. We’re just trying to fight hard.

“We’re behind our coach 100 percent. That’s our guy. We’re behind him, you know, he’s not the one out there playing. We’re playing. So when the stuff goes wrong he gets the grief.”

Joe finds this noteworthy on a few levels, one of which is the possibility that Team Glazer will take the pulse of team leaders on Schiano. Joe’s quite confident Penn wasn’t serving up a line of BS.

You think the leaders of the Bucs defense, which is racking up a few eye-opening stats, want to see Schiano leave? No chance.

Legend-in-waiting Lavonte David and the Bucs’ secondary must love what the New Schiano Order defense has meant to them. And Gerald McCoy has turned into a shoe-in Pro Bowler. Those guys aren’t looking for greener grass (not a Tanard Jackson joke) beyond fewer line stunts.

As Joe’s written previously, Joe believes Schiano is in trouble if the Bucs lose their final three games, but it won’t be because his team doesn’t want to play for him.

34 Responses to “Donald Penn Endorses Schiano “100 Percent””

  1. That Guy Says:

    Kind of ironic, since Schiano and his supporters are always coming up with excuses for how bad the team is. It’s new excuses after every loss and there’s a lot of both. Guess Penn is worried about being filmed on the sidelines being honest by Private Pyle’s snitch crew.

    Nice 40.4 QB rating posted there today, u guise.

  2. Bucfan#37 Says:

    Having the players support is important to any coach and should be to the fans, further convincing me that Schiano will be back next year as head coach of the Bucs.

  3. Andrew 1 Says:

    win 1 more game and Schiano will be back whether we like it or not.

  4. d-money Says:

    That guy,

    One thing I’ve never heard is Schiano ever make any excuses. I’ve listen to his radio show every week and he has answered ever question from every fan like a man and hasn’t ducked questions at anytime.

    Say what you want about his coaching but he has been a stand up guy throughout this whole season.

    I’m not sure he should come back or not but to say he makes excuses every week is just not true.

  5. WalkdaPlank Says:

    I’d love to see the Bucs punch the Saints in the mouth with a surprise left hook. As hot as this team is, we were brought back to earth in that ugly loss to the Stinkin Panthers. And our next opponent, Colin Kaepernick’s 9ers, just came off a win against the Seachickens and I’m sure they are looking for a “breather” against the Bucs. It’d be nice to surprise them too. As for Schiano, I don’t think 4 wins grants him a mulligan. He has to win at least one more IMO to be justifiably safe. If he finishes with two or more wins I think there’s no question about him coming back for at least another year.

  6. Buc1987 Says:

    Poor That Guy might be stuck with Schiano for atleast another season. His 3rd.

  7. That Guy Says:

    Glad to see you guys are content with less than mediocrity. You guys are definitely on board as Schiano Men.

    And @d-money, you’ve obviously been listening selectively. When Gregory claims he was brought here because the team was a laughing stock, he’s making excuses for his own poor performance. When Gregory cites the fact that he’s stuck going with the QB he drafted because he scouted him out of high school, he’s making excuses. When Gregory complains about how many injuries they’ve had, he’s making excuses. When Gregory complains the fans don’t know what man-to-man schemes look like, he’s making excuses. That idiot is one excuse after another. He’s a legend in his own mind because he’s never accomplished a dang thing as a coach other than getting a recommendation from Bill Belichick after he coached Belichick’s son in little league.

    But hey, the Joes and their minions are happy with losing season after losing season. Who am I to judge?

  8. That Guy Says:

    If Schiano’s back for a third season, I’m gone. I’m sure, Buc1987, you’ll enjoy tossing his Italian salad all the way to a three win season then.

  9. Harrigan Says:


    This is why you should never be “That Guy”!

  10. blackmagic00 Says:

    @that guy. Go ahead and go now. That would make this a winning season before the season is even over.

  11. Andrew 1 Says:

    @ That Guy

    see ya. Your a true bucs fan (sarcasm). You can bitch and moan all you want, it wont do you any good. The Glazer’s have already backed Schiano so one more win and he is most likely back.

  12. That Guy Says:

    @blackmagic00 The season was over when Gregory was disqualified from the playoff race before we were even halfway through the season. Check reality, son. Embrace failure.

    @Andrew 1 You are a true Schiano Man. I applaud your embrace of losing football. You’re down with playing not to lose and wasting star players. I get that. Whatever floats your weird little boat. Enjoy never making the playoffs, because you’re “true fan.” At least college football recognized the Big East was a failure and put it down. But it and the Schiano Way will live on with you, brutha! Five wins is success–the JBF way!

  13. JonBuc Says:

    In related news, Penn hopes the current regime stays in place and that his contract is honored.

  14. Mr. Patrick Says:

    I also seem to remember Penn, Ronde and several other Bucs saying the same thing about Raheem and lobbying for him to keep his job. Good to have loyalty though

  15. Andrew 1 Says:

    @ That Guy

    look idiot, If you havent figured it out, its not up to me. Realistically speaking the Glazer’s already have Schiano’s back. You can either get on board like the rest of us or leave. I do know one thing, being a “true fan” doesnt mean having conditions. You wont be missed.

  16. Andrew 1 Says:

    its “fans” like you that gives us a sh!ty fan reputation. Go root for the patriots.

  17. Buc1987 Says:

    Andrew…come on now we ALL know That Guy is right, that it’s all up to us fans whether Schiano stays or goes. <~~pure sarcasm

    I was never if Perkins is back for another season, I’m gone or if Wyche is back for another season, I'm gone.

    That is the definition of an assclown in it's purest form. See ya when the Bucs are good again.

  18. Andrew 1 Says:

    @ Buc1987

    That’s good to hear, we need more fans like you. I will reiterate this once more, TRUE FANS DO NOT HAVE CONDITIONS. That’s it for me I’m off to bed good night.

  19. WalkdaPlank Says:

    Is there anything more annoying in sports than fairweather fans?

  20. Buc1987 Says:

    yah me too good night and Go Bucs!

  21. fastclipper Says:

    If Schiano stays we will have another losing season. I would rather not dwell in mediocrity, or worse. 7-9, 8-8, does not cut it.

    Will he be able to attract good assistants? I think he always wants to override people. Did you notice the offense in the 2nd half? Five passes?

    How can fans tell if Glennon is “THE GUY” as many of you phrase it? Schiano does not give him the chance to do anything.

  22. BucsFan68 Says:

    Looking back, this season could have been much better. Schiano may come back next year; if the team can’t get over the hump, he will be fired just like his predecessor was. The previous coach at least had a 10 win season. The best to hope for now is 7-9 again; another losing season.

  23. PRBucFan Says:

    You would bitch and moan regardless of who the head coach was. 😉

  24. Maxx Says:

    @ that guy
    Are we sure That Guy isn’t really a “Big Dog” hiding behind a dumb pseudonym?
    Man, what a negative take on everything from that moron.

  25. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    That Guy Says
    “If Schiano’s back for a third season, I’m gone.”

    Considering you just got here, I don’t think we’ll miss you.

    Andrew 1 Says
    “win 1 more game and Schiano will be back whether we like it or not.”

    The same thing was said after the last win, so technically this was the “one more win”.

    Schiano could lose out and will still be here next year…and rightfully so. Contrary to what people claim, his fate is not tied to Glennon at all. Glennon was a 3rd round pick. A gamble from the start. And Schiano wasn’t permitted a higher pick for QB.

    That combined with the dead money if he were fired makes him a shoe-in to remain, regardless of media hype.

    And anyone that thinks we can win with an average QB is not looking at the other QBs in the division.

  26. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    fastclipper Says
    “How can fans tell if Glennon is “THE GUY” as many of you phrase it? Schiano does not give him the chance to do anything.”

    That is a crock.

    Glennon is a total dud. Average is not good enough anymore and he isn’t even that.

  27. mark2001 Says:

    “that guy”…football isn’t like flipping burgers, which you likely have a great deal of experience doing. You just don’t throw a bad one in the garbage (hopefully) and break out another frozen one.

    This team went through a ton of problems this year….about every bad thing you could see a team go through and some that are relatively unheard of.

    Not saying that Schiano leaving wouldn’t be a plus….but it is a craps shoot. You want to start all over again and rebuild if this was an aberration, would you? How do you know you would get a proven winner at the helm? Or they would be effective here.

    Me thinks you really might have a dirty bird costume in your closet.

  28. biff barker Says:

    For some, winning has it’s own price.

  29. mark2001 Says:

    I don’t know if Glennon is the guy or not. He is a rookie with a mostly “off the street” receiving corp. Time will tell, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t look at another talented guy in the draft or as a FA. That position is too important to just “hope and pray” about. I think Glennon is mentally tough enough to deal with some competition….not a head case like Free Bird was. Unless Glennon really shines like a diamond the last three games, bring on the top level competition.

  30. NashvilleBuc Says:

    Why aren’t we applauding the improvements? Penalties are way down. Play calling has improved. Defense is making big plays. Sacks and interceptions abound! We blocked a couple of punts. Glennon is making some big time throws for a rookie. Nobody quit when the season was (admittedly) in the crapper. How does all this stuff happen when there’s so little to play for and fans aren’t even showing up? Coaching! This is a huge turn around. We are winning, guys! Hoist the flag!!! Bring on the 9ers!!!!!!!!

  31. BucNasty!!! Says:

    I give give a rats … who coaches as long as we are showing progression , wins, and a winning season… I don’t think that’s to much to ask for … I mean I could have said a super bowl or hell even just the playoffs for that matter but y not stick with that good ol buccaneer pride by trying to b mediocre 🙂

  32. BucNasty!!! Says:

    Coach an Glennon have to do those things against quality opponents consistently not just the scrubs and bottom of the barrel

  33. yomammaplaysnosetackle Says:

    Definitely not a “Schiano Guy”, but I don’t see the Glazers firing him now. A fan is always a fan no matter who is running the show. Ask a Browns fans about true pain and suffering is all about. I don’t like the way the Bucs look right now and when I see clips of the “glory days”, it makes me mad and sad to see how they look right now but let’s hope these players can rise above the crappy coaching and do something. It’s all you can do if they decide to give Schiano another year.

  34. Broy3434 Says:

    Glennon is average same as his coach. Look at the success mike McCoy is having with rivers. Trestman with Josh MCCOWN. The offensive system is bad and so is the coordinator. Schiano and the defense is fine. I love what I’m seeing. The d is one good pash rusher from elite no question. The offense islaughable. – yards in the second half don’t you people read between the lines? If we had been playing New England they would’ve ruined that first half lead in a finger snap. Draft Bridgewater if he’s there if not go Watkins in the 1st. Sign a tackle and draft a d end. Use the rest for depth. Btw thank the jets for along our 1st last year.