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: September 10, 2013, 11:21:29 PM

All,

I am disappointed in the Blackout Report's ship jumping after Week 1 of Schiano's second season.  There were numerous performances worse than ours, and I believe there was a component of media hype that discounted the Jet's as a viable opponent.  The un-professional article blaming Schiano, while sneaking in a whine rant about media availability is a grand representation of this site but it should not be a representation of our fan base.  If as Buccaneer fans we give a coach one full season, a pre-season, and one regular season game to judge his potential than we are all wet.  Let's start by fully understanding the situation.

He inherited an undisciplined team that still needed to learn the basics.  In a number of games prior to his arrival we questioned not only the game plan, but the EFFORT of the team.  Schiano came in with limited talent, which we immediately addressed in Free Agency so I don't believe the roster was bare in his first season.  However, I do believe he had a monumental task of changing a mindset or culture.  By all accounts, he did that.  We may all agree or disagree on the method, but the result is undeniable.  There was no questioning the EFFORT of our team against the Jets.  His first season did not blow us away, but had us excited about the potential hence the expectations of this season.  Yet, we all seem to forget that pretty much the entire Buc Nation questions one key element of the team which is our Quarterback.  So we wanted him to change a culture, and make a star out of a QB in which many doubt has the capability to be a NFL QB.  Even recently, an outside source bashed the QB basically calling him incompetent at this position.  All this in one full season, a pre-season, and week 1.

His second season.  He again gets the benefit of a strong free agency/trade.  He decides to rest the starters, and work on the team's depth to make us a better overall team that can handle the rigors of a full season.  How quickly we forget who we were starting and playing towards the end of last season.  We all forget that depth has historically plagued our team.  Unfortunately, we have some key injuries.  Nicks, Gorrer, and Barth for example but we certainly learned a lot about our team.  But yet, we bash Schiano for resting our stars which almost all were available come Sunday.  Some of you honestly believe that additional reps in the pre-season would have changed Josh Freeman?  Seriously?  Get out of here.  Playing Joseph in the in the pre-season was worth the risk? Just stop.  Doug Martin needs MORE carries?  Now you lost your mind.  However, we did lose to the Jets and the offense was not effective so he is not perfect.  But who is?  And do we not give him credit for a defense that was exciting to watch?  Why do we blame him for Freeman's continuous roller coaster performances, or for Ogletree's vanishing act?  We give no credit to the Jets and Rex Ryan, who is known around the league as a defensive mastermind? 

Sure Schiano is the head ball coach, and has a large task ahead of him coupled with a transition from the college ranks.  Does he have some adjusting and growing to do? Without a doubt. But the man can not fix all our problems in the timeframe some of you have allotted considering some of these issues date back many years prior to his arrival.  Some of you called the coaching performance amateur hour, yet you absorb these amateur articles and posts like they are outlined with facts and reasoning.  With all that being said, I expect us to bounce back against the Saints.  I am not predicting a win, but are we now considering the Saints an unworthy opponent too?  Have we all let our fan perspective outgrow the reality that our team is still coming together? 

The bottom line is we need to be fans that last more than a week.  We owe it to ourselves, to our team, to the young future Buccaneer fans.  Do you think the Ravens, Redskins, or Steelers are in full panic mode?  But yet we want to become a fan base like the Jaguars.  Raise your standards, raise your expectations, and demand more not only from the team but also your fellow fans. 

With all that being said, I am going on record to say Schiano will be successful with this team and the Blackout Report will be in full recovery mode. All of you fellow season ticket holders, see you on Sunday.  All others that can make it, bring your excitement because I am tired of hearing the Saints fans at our home games.   Get off the Blackout bandwagon, and get your damn butts (and toes) on the Pirate Ship loading line!  Gonna fire them cannons baby!
: September 11, 2013, 02:05:15 PM 3rd String Kicker

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#1 : September 10, 2013, 11:27:07 PM

I will be there but I don't think he is gonna turn this thing around for a slew of reasons with this qb.

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#2 : September 10, 2013, 11:28:01 PM

The post is rife with homerism. Maybe you blocked out the epic collapse in the 2nd half of last season.

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#3 : September 10, 2013, 11:35:21 PM

The post is rife with homerism. Maybe you blocked out the epic collapse in the 2nd half of last season.

We are calling a drought in a coach's first season an epic collapse?  No relation to Freeman's INT spree?

Or similar to a stock, hits peak, but then comes back down to reality until it is ready to run again.  I am not suggesting Super Bowl.

As your post confirms, some of us just don't have a clue.

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#4 : September 10, 2013, 11:37:25 PM

I will be there but I don't think he is gonna turn this thing around for a slew of reasons with this qb.

I agree Freeman is holding up our progress, but as a smart man the coach has an immediate backup plan to give him a fighting chance. 

Interested to see if, or when, he has to play that card.

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#5 : September 10, 2013, 11:42:52 PM

Excellent post


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#6 : September 11, 2013, 12:14:42 AM

As long as Freeman is the starting quarterback for this franchise, good luck selling out Raymond James stadium.

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#7 : September 11, 2013, 12:39:00 AM

Excellent post
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#8 : September 11, 2013, 01:14:00 AM

As long as Freeman is the starting quarterback for this franchise, good luck selling out Raymond James stadium.

It isn't just freeman. If you think that, you would be wrong.

We can't have an HC that a) hardly anyone knows and b) doesn't have much NFL experiance.

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#9 : September 11, 2013, 06:33:17 AM

I'm not going back to RayJay if Freeman is under center. They last 3 home games last year screamed.....ENOUGH!

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#10 : September 11, 2013, 06:55:56 AM

Excellent post.  If we gave Raheem three years you bet we will be giving Schiano more than this year.  Like BagDadJoe said, he does have a backup plan at the QB position.  In addition, we don't really know what is going on behind closed doors in regards to how they truly evaluate Freeman.  Judging by Schiano's body language on Monday he is getting fed up with it.  Really watch that presser.  Happy with the hitting on D...gushed about special teams....yet mentioned hitting open receivers, being accurate consistently, getting into a rhythm on offense.  These are all areas your starting QB handles.  Schiano is no dummy, he will move on sooner rather than later.  HIS job depends on it. 

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#11 : September 11, 2013, 06:59:44 AM

As long as Freeman is the starting quarterback for this franchise, good luck selling out Raymond James stadium.

It isn't just freeman. If you think that, you would be wrong.



I would agree with this part. We have problems beyond Freeman starting with the play of our offensive line. But Freeman has pretty much proved he isn't the QB who can get us where we need to be. Our defense actually looked good against the Jets despite the BS penalties. The David penalty at the end was unfortunate but I do think we might have a real defense now.

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#12 : September 11, 2013, 07:17:37 AM

    Outstanding post!!
    Freeman is certainly not the only problem. Not having Lorig and a fully-healthy Stocker hurt our blocking for the run game. On one pass play, the DE/LB in front of Stocker took a step to the outside and Stocker didn't even MOVE. Easy sack... Ogletree couldn't seem to run a complete route, or catch the balls that hit him in the hands, and Bowers' failure to contain rushes to the outside hurt us at critical times.
    Hopefully adding Spencer Larsen will help the run game...
    With all that, a team can't have irresponsible, mentally sloppy play from their starting QB and expect to win many games. Schiano is NOT and shouldn't be an overly patient man; if these Freeman-ism's become a pattern, I've little doubt we'll soon see Glennon in the Bucs huddle and Freeman on the bench...

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#13 : September 11, 2013, 08:42:20 AM

If you ask me you are going way out on a limb................during a drought.

I would imagine that if you went to Vegas to make that bet you would get great odds. Like 100 to 1. 100 to 1 odds of Schiano winning 1 playoff game would be about right.

This is the big leagues. I have never heard of a mediocre college coach winning anything at this level.

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#14 : September 11, 2013, 09:05:01 AM

We lack only one component to having a very good team, QB. We need more pass rush from our dline but sacks are sacks and we got 5 of them last week. If you take a top 10 QB and put him on this team, we win many many games this year.

That was my concern, last year we had big problems on defense, you really can't ask for much more on defense. I argued that we needed to fix our weakest spot first as that would improve our team the most. Well check our secondary off the list as its improved.

Freeman is the weak link now. I said this before the season started. The problem is Freeman can be a very weak link and or a moderately strong link. Our W/L record now rests solely on him this year. I suspect that on most weeks, most of us will think our defense played well enough to get the W as it did on Sunday. Freeman just didn't.

QB is so important these days. The days of Brad Johnson winning a championship are gone, never to return. If Freeman continues we have to put Glennon in and kick the tires on him.

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