“That Taste Stays In Your Mouth”

December 27th, 2013

SchianoRexGreg Schiano has stayed away from reflecting on the 2013 season during his chats with local media this week.

When asked big-picture questions or to evaluate players, Schiano largely has said he’ll get to that on Monday after the Saints-Bucs game. But Schiano did engage in a little reflection with the New Orleans media.

“We had some tough losses early in the year, yeah, it’s a little bit of a weird year. You know, some of those games we almost invented ways to lose,” Schiano said. “I think the biggest thing was our guys stuck together. There was no finger-pointing. Everybody. We have a great group of guys in that locker room, some real strong leadership. They showed the younger guys the way to go. Not near where we want to be. We’ve had a lot of injuries. We’ve had 15, I guess 16 guys now on [injured reserve]. We’ve just kind of tried to fight through all this stuff. We have one more opportunity in New Orleans on Sunday, and we’re looking forward to it.”

Schiano later did more reflecting and explained why Sunday’s game may be a tiny bit more important than the others.

“It’s been a very, very hard challenging tough year,” Schiano said. “You know as a football coach, you know that last one, that taste stays in your mouth. So you’d like to have it be a good one because it’s a long offseason with the bitter taste of defeat in your mouth.”

Now none of this was anything really new from Schiano, but it was fresh to hear him look back, which he really hasn’t done lately.

Schiano also was asked whether he thought it was fair that one game [against New Orleans] could affect his employment status.

The head coach said he’s got 26 years of coaching experience and his focus is on gameday, which is the greatest day in a coach’s world. “I don’t really spend one ounce of time or concern on anything else,” Schiano said.

22 Responses to ““That Taste Stays In Your Mouth””

  1. BucsfaninChina Says:

    Give the man one more year. Playoffs or bust.

  2. Brandon Says:

    Packers won a recent Super Bowl with 17 players on IR. Good coaches and teams find a way to overcome. The Pats went 11-5 the year Brady was lost for the season in their opening game.

    Do any Schiano supporters out there think Schiano can lead a team to a Super Bowl?

  3. bucfanjeff Says:

    Sunday will speak volumes.

    If Schiano does stay on next year, if we don’t start fast – he’ll definitely lose the players and the Glazers will have to make a mid-season change.

    I don’t like the constant stunting of the DL – pick your shots but let GMC straight rush. Get an edge rusher and our defense can take over games.

  4. Bucs or Gtfo Says:

    Say goodbye to watching Bucs home games on tv if Schiano is still head coach next year. Nobody will spend their money on this joke of a regime & neither will I. Say what you will, but the results speak for themselves.

  5. JonBuc Says:

    Miracle finish at Detroit=
    1) 8th pick vs 3rd in 2014 draft
    2) Another year of Greggy & Glennon
    3) At least another ” throw away ” year

  6. Mr. Patrick Says:

    I hope the bitter taste that stays in his mouth is the one from getting fired after his 2nd year in Tampa after the Glazers realize they hired a losing coach

  7. ChanEpic Says:

    Anyone paying the least amount of attention knows all they need to know about Schiano’s fitness for his job. It’s plain to see he is in over his head and his game management is atrocious. There can be only 2 or 3 good reasons the Glazers bring him back next year.
    1. Unwillingness to admit failure. #Psychosis.
    2. No plan for a Schiano successor. #FiretheGMToo
    3. Schiano signed a Blood pact with the Devil. #LeastLikely

    And none of those options are good. #BlowItUp

  8. flmike...hates Johnny Football Says:

    The Pack has also had the same front office philosophy for 20 years, not the same personnel but they all have been students of one guy, they have all come thru the Packer system, same with the head coaches since Holmgren, Ron Wolff built a sustainable winning franchise from the ashes of nothing.

  9. Jacko101 Says:

    There is no way we can pick 3rd in the draft is there? I’d be really happy with 4/5

  10. JonnyThumper Says:

    JonBuc…you said it all right there. Just bad enough to be mediocre

  11. Mr. Patrick Says:

    @ flmike
    That is only successful if they are following the RIGHT guy.

  12. chipbuc Says:

    Might as well fire him now, because he isnt going to the playoffs next year with Glennon as his QB.

  13. Ramdog Says:

    In today’s football seems like you only go as far as your QB will take you. However, that said your QB still needs a few seconds to throw the ball. So, cut Nicks and Joseph (they are due a combined 13 – 14 million next year) sign 2 free agent guards and Jared Allen. Next draft a stud left tackle in the first round unless something sick drops in your lap like Teddy Bridgewater or Clowney/Barr. That is if Bridgewater comes out (still iffy). Draft Mettenberg from LSU as an insurance plan for Glennon and to develop. I know Joe wants Manzel but he has played poorly of late and isn’t even a definite to come out. Also he has serious attitude problems. However, he is an interesting talent and his instincts are off the charts. Then look for sleeper receivers & Tight Ends seems in todays NFL you can get quality receivers, tight ends, and RBs later in the draft.

  14. BigMacAttack Says:

    If Rex gets fired, bring him in as DC. He loves Revis and playing against his brother.

  15. BigMacAttack Says:

    Glennon is about 1 step above sucks, because he is good about 10% of the time. He is not the future nor the answer at QB. And Schiano isn’t the answer at HC but I doubt the Glazers realize this yet.

  16. Arealbucsfan Says:

    Release Penn, Nicks & Zuttah. Sign jared veldheer and alex mack and deaft cyril richardson in 2nd. Bam o-line is good.

  17. Splengo Says:


    Schiano is not going to hire anybody he can’t control. He will quit before he accepts independent Coordinators. It will be McNulty as OC and one of his guys from his Rutgers days as DC.

  18. RustyRhino Says:

    Splengo, while your wearing your mind reading hat can you please tell us which players want to leave their teams this off season. It would be ever so helpful. Lol

  19. Splengo Says:


    Not mind reading. It’s called profiling. The name I couldn’t remember was Bob Fraser. Fraser will be DC.

    You see Rusty once you’ve profiled a guy you know exactly what he is going to do. That’s what opposing OCs and DCs have done also. Everybody knows the first play from offense is going to be a run up the gut

  20. Clowney Says:

    “Schiano also was asked whether he thought it was fair that one game [against New Orleans] could affect his employment status.”

    The Atlanta game at the end of last season saved his sorry ass and made this year’s debacle a possibility.

    This year N Orleans has something to play for and won’t lay down like the ATL.

  21. BigMacAttack Says:

    Glennon bales on plays too quickly and always rolls to his left which is his weak side throwing. He doesn’t move up in the pocket well and has no sense of where the hits are coming from. I’m not a fan of Glennon. He is just okay.

    Schiano needs to have his wings clipped for the greater good…. if he stays. His methods and choices have not all been good and many are terrible. If the Bucs can find good coordinators that they have confidence, Schiano needs to accept it. If he doesn’t like it, tell him to quit and then you don’t owe him another dime. It’s called business and manipulating a bad situation.

    If keep Byner, Cox and the Strength Coach but the rest of the Coaches are easily replaceable, especially Schiano.

    If you can’t manage your time/business wisely then someone will do it for you. Schiano really should be fired or have better coaches hired for him. Sheridan is a joke and Sulli is an awesome guy but not a good OC.

  22. White Tiger Says:

    Keeping Schiano means we’re going to change the offensive line – at least 3 players. Glennon definitely hasn’t warranted THAT kind of endorsement.

    Keeping Schiano likely means we’ll be looking for a new defensive coordinator and a new offensive line. The only thing missing from a total sweep – would be the guy that hired them….

    Keeping Schiano means we pass on some of the highest rated, mobile, QB draft prospects in many years…

    I can’t see how keeping Schiano, works?