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August 25, 2013 @ 3:09 pm
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Schiano "Disappointed" With The Offensive Struggles

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Gil Arcia

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After Saturday's game against the Miami Dolphins, head coach Greg Schiano saw some things on film that were positives but also some negative. On Sunday, during his day-after-game press conference, Schiano talked about Tampa Bay's struggling offense.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ starters took the field Saturday night already knowing they would see a large amount of playing time. On Sunday, the tape and film have been reviewed and coaches will begin to analyze what was good and bad and done right or wrong in last night’s 17-16 preseason victory over the Miami Dolphins.

Quarterback Josh Freeman saw his most action this preseason against Miami. He finished 6-for-16 for 59 yards and a rating of 48.7. Wide receiver Mike Williams was targeted seven times and caught just two passes for 33 yards. On the other side, veteran receiver Vincent Jackson was targeted four times but registered one catch for 13 yards.

During his day-after-game press conference, Schiano was asked what he thought about the offense’s struggles as a unit — particularly Freeman.

“I thought he actually saw things pretty [well],” Scahino said. “When you look at his progression, why he did what he did, he saw it pretty well. You sit there from the sideline and say, ‘What are we doing?’ but then when you look at what he saw… And there were a couple decisions I didn’t agree with, [quarterbacks coach] John [McNulty] didn’t agree on, [and] Sully [offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan], but you’re never going to agree on all the decisions. I’m not back there with madmen coming at me. It’s easy for me on a clicker to say, ‘I would have [gone] there.’ Protection breakdowns, [we] didn’t uncover sometimes – you know, we have to beat man coverage. Just because they’re playing man doesn’t mean that we’re covered – that’s one-on-one, that’s match-up football. And then, some of the things, technically, the ball that sailed on him, that one, you wish you had that back. Far too many drops, far too many drops, and that’s not just this week. So we have to get that cleaned up.

“As always, it’s not just one part of it. Receivers [have] to get open, we have to protect better at the running back position, the line has to block better. It’s a combination of things, but just to say it’s [the offensive line] – I think [quarterback] Josh [Freeman] has done a good job of moving up in the pocket. A couple times he moved right into the rush though, that’s the problem. If the middle isn’t firm, then the theory of sliding up in the pocket doesn’t work. We’ve got to firm up that middle, whether it be back protection, or center/guard/center protection.”

As for the protection, Schiano went on to talk about the state of the offensive line and the different personnel groupings they have used.

“I think by doing that, we have options,” Schiano said. “We don’t know what [guard] Carl [Nicks]’ situation is going to be, so we want to keep as many options available as possible. When we get into game week, we obviously will have to lock in exactly who those guys will be, what those combinations will be with the front five. Our goal is always to get the best five on the field. We’ll try to do that. The best-case scenario is Carl and [guard] Davin [Joseph] are in there and we have our starting five, but we’ve got to play that by ear.”

Schiano on the amount of dropped passes in the game.

“There were some. I’m not going to get into it. And I agree [that several of the drops should have been catches], and I think [the receivers] would agree,” Schiano said. “I don’t think, I know they would. Now, sometimes when a guy has a hand in there, that’s a different story. That’s a contested [catch]. You still have to win contested catches, though. But non-contested, what do they call it in tennis? Unforced errors?”

Schiano on how he feels with the way the offense is playing.

“A little disappointed, not discouraged, though,” Schiano said. “That’s the important thing. I wish we would have played better on offense, but I can see how we’re going to. The worst thing is when you’re looking at that vision and you say, ‘I don’t see how we’re going to do this.’ I do see how we’re going to do it. We just have to, like I said last night, we have to do it. The reality is, we may not get the chance to do it in a game now with that crew, that cast, until we get up to MetLife Stadium, and that’s the way it is. So a little bit of turning up the stakes a little bit and hopefully we’ll perform. That’s what we’re banking on.”
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  • avatar


    Tebow, ho ho ho, Lets get Joe Namath out of retirement too! Tebow saves the world!
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    They will never make the playoffs with Freeman. Time to trade him for Tebow, at least he's a runner who can move the ball and his passing is good enough to keep a drive going. If we need a foot to go for a first down , no need to hand the ball off- Tebow will get it for you. Not to mention the fact that he will pack the stadium with Florida fans. No more blackouts. I am sick of the play at quarterback. Let Gannon start if we can't get Tebow.
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    Oh yea, one more thing. Hey PR, who are the QB free agents next year?
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    What about all the penalties Schiano? They have to clean those up too.
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    To answer your question Stratobuc: TEBO! He wiill likely be considered expendable by Patriots because all they have done is put him behind their third string line, which is extremely poor, and Tebo has not shown them the production and leadership he displayed for the Broncos when he was behind their strong first string offensive line The Patriots may even cut him or wait for trade offers. If they consider that Freeman threw for 4,000 yards last year, and plenty of former Buc QBs have gone on to be successful NFL QBs with other teams (Young, Testaverde, and two former Buc Qbs who won Super Bowls after leaving the Bucs) they may well think giving up Tebo for Freeman to be a worthwhile trade for them. By about the fourth game this season, Tebo could pick up our offense. He is smart. Look how quick Glennon picked it up. By then, too, Bostad will have our offensive line playing well. Behind such a good line, tell me why Tebo could not win seven straight games like he did for the Broncos and get the Bucs to the playoffs like he did for the Broncos. Tebo also beat the former Super Bowl Winners, the Steelers, a feat that Peyton failed to do last year. Still laughable and stupid for you, Stratobuc? It could happen here, too, and Tebo's home is in Florida. Wouldn't hurt ticket sales for the Bucs either and could help stop blackouts.
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    owlycat, thanks for the laugh. I like Tebow, but as a Bucs QB? Never happen, he just is not good. He is a specialized role player at best. I hope he succeeds, but please do not have him play qb for the Bucs and trade away Freeman. We would be the laughingstock of the league.
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    Buctebow "Disappointed" With The Schiano Struggles
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    Well I don't know if Free will b good or not, but I am not impressed with Schiano's coaching. If I saw plays where everything was in coordination and the timing was great and Free threw a bad pass, then I would say it is his bad, but what I saw was a team that looked like it drew up a play in the dirt and the receivers were told to go deep. Their timing and execution is crap and that is the coach's fault. Maybe they need a choreographer, or to take synchronized swimming.....it is just preseason, but the first game is just around the corner. Count me not impressed.
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    @snookin247: Your posts continually bash PR. This article was simply a report on what Schiano said at his press conference...nothing more, nothing less. Take a look at a sample of the previous articles & if you don't like this site, ask for your subscription money back. I for one have been a subscriber for quite awhile & find the site the most informative for Bucs coverage anywhere.
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    Well you must not have looked far because you can find many better opinions for free...
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    God, I hope things get better, but right now this team is a mess.....a big mess! Schiano is disappointed? Well, I am disappointed too. What other team in the NFL has a third team QB as it's best QB? The Bucs defense is a real suspect going into this season....the offensive front also. The tight end situation sucks. Pass protection sucks. Receiving sucks. Line backing, well, sucks. And, coaching sucks too. Now, l can only hope that all of this bad preseason play is a smokescreen and we do not suffer another negative season.
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    Dear Gil and whoever published this article, Dont work too hard for your money!!!!!
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    here is a pewter report GOOD article...The weather is hot. Coach Schiano was yelling at the O'line. Josh Freeman grabbed his jock then threw a pass to Vincent Jackson. Pay me and I will give you all the info you need...
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    This is how lazy they are at Pewter Report or maybe they are just dumb... 95 % of this article are quotes from a press conference with a horrible stance from their "reporters". How bout you numbskulls write something where you actually use your brain. Watch the press conferences on buccaneers.com and save your self the time and money of reading this crap!!!
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    Afrika- I understand the concerns, but just try to hold off complete judgement till the reg season. Look at Eli's stat line from the last game, it's identical to free's. ny fans are freaking out as usual saying he's the most unathletic qb alive etc. look at the last pats game where they got slaughtered after being coronated the week before. It's just preseason
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    @EEB and @buc1932...I hope you guys are 150% right and I'm totally wrong on this one. The greatest lie the Devil ever told was convincing the world that he didn't exist. Go 'Bucs !!!
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    Thank you EEB! It's preseason guys! They don't give full effort even though we'd like them to but they're just hoping to get to the regular season healthy which I think we all can understand. Secondly, they call plays to highlight certain players (like Carimi) to see if they can trust him in a real game, though with Penn not going full speed it didn't turn out that well. Also, rookie mike James was repeatedly used as a pass pro and I think he tried to change his style after what happened to Doug but it failed miserably. The point is, they are calling plays not to win but to see if certain guys can handle certain roles. Lets wait till the jets game at least before panicking, although week 3+ would be a better time to see what this team is really about
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    Folks - calm down. 1) Freeman is not our problem - if you want a problem to worry about it's first the DE position where our best pass rusher is a guy we just picked up off the scrap heap, and second the offensive line where our best player is out for an extended period of time, our second best player is trying to return from a major knee injury, and our thrid best player is possibly over the hill as a LT. 2) Carson Palmer wanted to come to Tampa and we sent him away to ARZ (recall we had the most money to spend in FA). 3) If Mike Glennon sees the field for anything more than spot duty, the season is lost - this guy is not even close to ready for the big league (put your visions of Russell Wlison part II to bed). 4) The regular season will be a lot different - it always is - we will have a different game plan, we will play our starters the whole time (including Dougernaut, GMAC, LVD, Revis, Joseph, Nicks when he's healthy, Goldson, Clayborn - that's nearly half of our straters I just listed who saw spot duty at best in the preseason) - our regular season team is not our preseason team, our regular season game plan is not our preseason game plan, and our regular season effort will far surpass that of teh preseason (like it or not, these guys are human and they don't go 100% in preseason) - GO BUCS!
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    Shiano is not Rex Ryan, he won't publicaly throw his players under a bus. He was not a happy camper at the presser, and I'm sure Freeman got an ear full from coach about handing Miami the ball before the half. Agree with everything Afrika said. To take it a step further, Freeman will have to win two of our first four games to keep his job. Losing to N.O., at home, and N.E. on the road won't hurt Free, but a loss to the Jets, or AZ at home, will pave the way for Glennon to come in after the bye week. Schiano made a mistake not playing Free more in the preseason, and he should've made it a legit Q.B. competion from the day they drafted Glennon.
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    Gentlemen (assuming there aren't any women online at the moment), this is my theory. Coach came into a situation where he was stuck with J.Freeman, because of all his(J.Free's) supposed upsides. And so after unsuccessfully steering the ship to the dock, Coach realizes that qb's are sensitive creatures and doesn't want to publicly crush his qb psyche. Why do you guys think J.Free hasn't gotten contract extension ? They don't trust him and neither does Dom anymore. The Bucs tried to get C.Palmer during free agency and lost out to Arizona. If they had gotten him, they knew he would have beaten Freeman for the job. J.Free better get his sh*t together because if he doesn't ball out this final contract year, you guys may as well call this season his last in a Bucs' uniform. I've seriously followed the NFL for about 20 years now and one thing I know is,we are not going anywhere with J.Free. I'm sorry but our man has either lost it completely or he has a booming career in Hollywood after football. Let's be honest, if you never knew who Josh Freeman was and you seen him play. Would he scare you if you were the opposition ? Or better question, would you want him steering your ship ?
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    Gil, you are bringing nothing to the plate that was not said at the Press Conference which anybody can listen to on Buccaneers.com. I understand that not everyone listens to the press conferences, but please try to bring something into the article. I heard today over the radio that some of the sportscaster's called Penn out for not trying too much and he text back to them that he will be ready to go full force for the regular season. Yeah, tell that to Joseph's face a year ago and see what he would have said since you were the one that couldn't stand your ground and was pushed into Joseph that took him out for a year. I guess Penn didn't learn the lesson that you can't take timeouts during plays. I'm glad no one else has been injured this year due to Penn's attitude. No wonder the OL looked so bad.
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    Pinkstob; in the Press Conference Coach did say that some of the starters would be playing in Thursday game. When asked about Revis he did his usual dance about he might play' he might not play and when he might or might not play whenever. I like you am glad that shortly we are going to see the Bucs in a real game.
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    That was great when coach said,"What do they call it in tennis? Unforced errors?". Hilarious.
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    Schiano got rid of a thousand yard rusher because Schiano does not tolerate fumbling but Freeman didn't have both hands on the ball the way Glennon does and just fumbled the ball with nobody near him and Schiano doesn't even mention it, but tries to make excuses for Freeman--he saw the field pretty well, etc. INCREDIBLE! He doesn't have a clue what to do. When he came to the Bucs he was going to bring coaches who could teach--remember? Well DOM brings in Scott, trained by other NFL teams, and he gets the first three sacks for our DL this year. What does that tell you about the teaching ability of Schiano's DL Coach and his Defensive Coordinator? And just how good do you think his QB Coach is in teaching Freeman? Freeman just continues to get more and more pathetic and neither Schiano nor his great teaching coaches have any idea of what to do. Trade Freeman for a proven NFL QB who already has proven he can take a team to the playoffs and win since the Bucs don't have the coaches to teach him how. It worked with Scott. It can work for QB too.
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    "Trade Freeman for a proven NFL QB who already has proven he can take a team to the playoffs and win since the Bucs don't have the coaches to teach him how. " This is laughable. Exactly, who do you think will give up a player like this in a trade? You must think they grow on trees.... :^(
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    Everybody on offense was pressing yesterday and nobody was confident. I have no earthly idea why. I'll tell you two things. One, I'm glad the preseason is over for the starters and nobody is seriously hurt. If you now count Dimke as a starter we have a good chance of having all our starters healthy and ready for the opening game. Two, if we don't win that game against the Jets with a healthy team, I'm going to want heads to roll. Who will depend on who plays poorly enough to allow us to lose to the Jets. I have no patience left this year. Win dammit!
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    I agree about the health of the team Pinkstob. I am still pipe-dreaming of the talent the Bucs have on paper. Now lets get them all on the same field at the same time and get some confidence. Damn the torpedos! The season is 2 weeks away!
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