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September 9, 2013 @ 7:18 am
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Schiano Deserves Blame For Bucs' Lack Of Preparedness

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Scott Reynolds

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Greg Schiano's preseason plans for the Bucs backfired in a big way in New York as Tampa Bay was upset by the Jets, 18-17. The offense never found its rhythm in August and the Bucs weren't adequately prepared for the regular season, and Schiano deserves the blame.
Was that the Buccaneers’ fifth preseason game or the first regular season game of the year? It’s so hard to tell in Tampa Bay under the watchful, micromanaging eye of head coach Greg Schiano.

Bucs fans, I was wrong.

I believed in the talent on the roster and the new talent that general manager Mark Dominik had acquired through free agency, such as free safety Dashon Goldson, through trades, like the one that acquired cornerback Darrelle Revis, and through the draft, where players like cornerback Johnthan Banks and defensive tackle Akeem Spence were found.
 
I believed that the bevy of talented players in Tampa Bay could flip the switch and turn off a dreadful, uninspiring preseason and turn on some Pro Bowl-caliber performances and beat up on a talent-void New York Jets team in Week 1. Some players, like wide receiver Vincent Jackson, who had seven catches for 154 yards in a stunning 18-17 loss at New York, did just that.

The thing is, I still believe in the Bucs players.

But after watching an offense sputter, stall and struggle to generate just 17 points, witnessing a rookie quarterback do enough to prevail in his first NFL game against the revamped defense, and watching the Bucs record a whopping 13 penalties for 102 yards, I don’t have a lot of faith in Schiano and his coaching staff.

Folks, it looked like amateur hour out there, didn’t it?

Especially in the first quarter when there was communication issues with offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan’s walkie-talkie and quarterback Josh Freeman’s headset (again), and the Bucs were piling up delay of game penalties and false starts until it said third-and-35 on the scoreboard at MetLife Stadium.

The Bucs just weren’t prepared for the regular season, and that’s Schiano’s fault.

I hoped that new quarterbacks coach John McNulty could get Freeman, who completed less than 50 percent of his passes in the preseason, to complete more than 50 percent of his passes against the Jets. Unfortunately, Freeman didn’t.

Fail.

I had hoped that Schiano’s decision to make it a priority to get backup quarterback Mike Glennon ready to play this season if needed, instead of getting Freeman into an offensive rhythm wouldn’t backfire.

It sure did.

I hoped that Schiano’s decision, which now looks bone-headed, to only give Doug Martin three carries (for four yards) in the preseason wouldn’t backfire because Martin is coming off a 1,454-yard rushing season.

It did, miserably, as Martin averaged just 2.7 yards per carry, as there were very few holes to run through.

I hoped that Sullivan would realize that the Jets defense was pretty good at stopping the run, and formulate a realistic backup plan in case the Bucs couldn’t get Martin going on the ground.

Nope.

I hoped that Bob Bostad’s offensive line would quit giving away sacks like candy at Halloween, but left tackle Donald Penn, who struggled in the preseason, gave up two more, along with one by tight end Luke Stocker.

“Offensively, it’s frustrating for everyone because we have good players,” Schiano said. “We will find a rhythm with this offense. We certainly haven’t found it yet, but we will. … Doug has not played a lot. So you think, okay with Doug in there it will be better, and Davin [Joseph] is in there, but it wasn’t good.

“It’s not the running game we’re going to have, that’s what I mean when I say the rhythm of our offense. I just don’t feel like we’re in a rhythm. We better get it figured out fast – six days to be exact.”

Wow.

Isn’t what that the preseason is for – to get your offense into a game rhythm, Coach?

Schiano was too busy finding a number-two running back – that didn’t get a carry against the Jets, by the way. And he was too busy playing Glennon – who also didn’t play against the Jets.

Blame Freeman’s ups-and-downs as a passer for the Bucs’ loss if you want. Blame Lavonte David’s late hit on Geno Smith for Tampa Bay’s defeat if you wish.

This loss falls squarely on Schiano and the coaching staff’s shoulders because the Bucs clearly weren’t prepared to play the Jets, and that’s inexcusable.

Didn’t Schiano and the coaches have the entire offseason to watch film and study the Jets? It’s been over four months since the NFL schedule came out, letting Tampa Bay know it would face the Jets in New York in Week 1.

Did Schiano and the coaches not realize that Smith – who rushed for 47 yards against the Bucs, including a critical, 10-yard jaunt to put the Jets in position to kick the game-winning field goal – ran a 4.59 in the 40-yard dash and could scramble? Why didn’t the Bucs defense do a better job containing him, especially on the final drive?

Schiano was asked on Friday what the difference was between this year’s season kickoff game and Week 1 from a year ago when he made his debut as an NFL head coach.

“There’s a lot more certainty, so does that make you more comfortable? I guess it does,” Schiano said. “Going into our first game last year – now, you had the four preseason games, but everybody will tell you, coach and player alike, that it’s a different game [in the regular season].”

The problem is Schiano spent too much time in the preseason trying to figure out the final roster spots for the 53-man roster and which Bucs were going to be on the practice squad rather than preparing his starting 22 players for the Jets. Now it’s coming back to haunt him with a horrific loss to the Jets.

For someone who is regarded – and almost chastised – for being a micromanager, I’m really concerned about Schiano’s ability to plan after this loss to the Jets, and for him to ultimately see what lies ahead.

Before I continue, it’s necessary for me to illuminate something for the Bucs fans out there about their supposedly detail-oriented head coach. Since Schiano has assumed the reins as Tampa Bay’s head coach, the media are typically kept in the dark about practice times, media availability in the locker room and press conferences until the day – and sometimes the night – before, which makes it incredibly difficult for reporters to do their jobs.

For example, the Bucs’ public relations staff – which is completely at the head coach’s mercy and deserves no blame when it comes to scheduling press conferences and media availability – had to send out a press release at 10:41 p.m. on Sunday, September 1 notifying the media of a time change in Schiano’s press conference from 12:05 p.m. to 11:00 a.m. the next day.

If this were a once-in-a-while occurrence it would be one thing, but it’s not. As I type this on Monday morning, I only know the Bucs’ media availability and press conference time for today – not for the rest of the week.

That’s ridiculous and completely unnecessary.

If Schiano doesn’t have his practice schedule and media availability times already mapped out for the upcoming week, then the Buccaneers are in some serious trouble because this guy is just unprepared and must not have a regular routine. If he does have the schedule, then why unnecessarily upset the media and not release it on Sunday night?

Schiano's not winning over any reporters or gaining allies in the media that he will need when the heat starts rising as the losses mount this year.

Tony Dungy was able to send out a weekly media schedule on Sunday night. Jon Gruden did it, too, and those are the two most winningest coaches in Tampa Bay history.

Heck, even Raheem Morris let the media know the schedule for the entire upcoming week on Sunday nights. It’s really not that hard.

The fact that Schiano can’t even release an upcoming practice and press conference schedule until the day prior is very troubling, but I digress.

Back to Schiano not realizing what the Bucs’ mistake-ridden loss to the Jets could ultimately mean. It means Tampa Bay has virtually no shot at selling out its home opener against New Orleans, which hits the marketing department and the Glazers hard.

It angers the Bucs fan base because the game will almost certainly be blacked out (which may actually be a good thing for faint-hearted Bucs fans).

It primes the Bucs for a disastrous 0-2 start given the high expectations heading into the season if they can’t upset the 1-0 Saints.

By the way, who is Rex Ryan's brother? Rob Ryan, New Orleans' new defensive coordinator. You don't think Rex told Rob how to take away Martin and stop the Bucs offense, which failed to generate 300 yards on Sunday? He presented the blueprint for the Saints, who are now running the same 3-4 defense.

Not that Rob Ryan needs much help. His Cowboys defense caused Freeman to have his worst game in 2012 as Tampa Bay lost at Dallas in Week 3. Freeman completed 10-of-28 passes (35.7 percent) for 110 yards with one TD, one INT and a fumble.

Even if Tampa Bay can turn the season around with a win before a 0-3 nightmare becomes a reality with a looming defeat in New England to a team with another stout, 3-4 defense, the loss to the Jets will come back to bite them when it comes time to make a postseason run. You have to win your winnable games in the NFL, and the Jets game was definitely winnable had the Bucs been adequately prepared.

The other thing Schiano needs to start realizing is that he isn’t loved by his players. I’ve heard too many whispers from some Buccaneers that are growing tired of his micromanaging ways.

Remember how the Bucs absolutely revered and believed in Dungy?

Remember how they loved playing for the fiery Gruden?

The Buccaneers even adored Morris in 2010 until taking advantage of his lax ways in 2011.

When was the last time you read a quote or heard a sound byte from the Bucs players saying they loved Schiano? You’ve heard them say that a change from Morris was needed, and that they appreciate the business-like approach at One Buc Place now, but do the players love Schiano?

If they did, they would voluntary admit it. It would flow naturally in interviews like it has before with Dungy, Gruden and Morris, but it doesn’t.

Asking the players that question in the locker room would do no good because they are so afraid of Schiano that all 53 players would lie through their teeth on the record in order to keep their jobs. The Bucs might respect Schiano, and some might even like him.

But they don’t love Schiano, and they won’t until he can prove that he can win. And that means a 9-7 record this year or better. After the season-opening loss to the Jets – good luck with that.

It’s amazing how Freeman used to be a 62-percent passer before all the micromanaging started last year.

Wear a knee brace. Don’t scramble. Only throw to this receiver. Do this. Don’t do that.

It’s no wonder that Freeman, who hasn’t completed at least 50 percent of his passes in the preseason or the regular season now, has a bewildered look on his face. He doesn’t look prepared or comfortable.

That’s funny. Neither did Schiano on Sunday during his post-game press conference trying to explain how his team bungled the 2013 season-opener in New York.

What is Schiano’s motto? TBA?

Trust, belief, accountability?

There’s not a lot of trust between Schiano and the media, who won't likely give him the benefit of the doubt if he doesn't produce a winning record with all of the talent on this Tampa Bay team. I imagine some will even be gunning for him if he doesn’t win this year for the aforementioned reasons.

Do the players believe in Schiano? Not sure after Sunday’s loss. There just feels like a disconnect between the coaches and the players that I haven't felt at One Buc Place since the Sam Wyche days.

And accountability? Where is it?

The one thing missing from Schiano’s press conference was him accepting blame for Sunday’s mess. I always had a great deal of respect and admiration for Gruden, who had no problem looking the cameras in the eye and accepting blame for lousy play-calling and his team’s performance in losses in his post-game press conferences.

Schiano, this one’s one you.

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    AMEN to all that has been said!!!!!! ... I had been questioning Schiano not Freeman since the end of last season. I had hoped I was wrong. I was too upset to listen to anything or read anything about Sunday's loss untill today. Thus this after the fact commentary. I pray for a turnaround this year not next. ----- Go Bucs!!!!!!!
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    Scott, I've always enjoyed your reporting and I'm confident that I will in the future. I agree with your assessment of the coaching staff and the way training camp was handled. I was at the game Sunday and I would describe the Bucs performance as extremely rusty. I'm a big fan of our coach but in no way can I defend his preparation. Having said that, I firmly believe that he will learn from this and move this team forward to a respectful season. I believe in the coach and the quarterback, let's see how I look at Christmas.
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    I was so embarrassed of the performance last Sunday that I had to sell my tickets to the Monday night game against Miami. Can't remember the last time I saw a worst start to a game. All I kept thinking is this isn't happening. Ive been a fan since 89' and always will be. It took me three days to even listen to any football news dealing with Tampa. Seems to be any countability either. After three days I haven't heard of any player saying it's their fault. Freeman..... Five years in the league, second year in the same system and your out shined by a 2nd round pick rookie..... Unbelievable!!!!!!!!!! NO CONTRACT FOR YOU!
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    Theme of this article: WHINE. PR.com publisher whining about the coach's media schedule. Are you kidding me? All the other stuff, readers/posters on PR.com have been talking about all preseason. Where have you been? All of a sudden you have this ah-ha moment about the team? The guy that covers the team 24/7 couldn't see what we hack fans have been commenting on for weeks/months? Jeez.
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    I just went back and read all the posts. Are you friggin' people brain dead?? Did Schiano not take a team that was total trash and make us a competitive team last year when we were an absolute joke the year before? FI it were not for the fact we had the worst pass D in the league we would have won at least 10 games because the defense did just what it did Sunday 4 times last year. We lose the first game to a team we've only beaten once in the last ten years and a team we had beat until the Lavonte David penalty handed the Jets a victory and it's Schiano's fault and the season is lost?? This article is moronic. Yes, the team was ill prepared at the beginning and it showed. However, Freeman completed 6 of his first 8 passes including a strike to Mike Williams for a TD. Maybe Scott Reynolds would like to believe that the Jets were supposed to be a pushover but they came to play. Maybe your pride is wounded Scott because you were soooo sure the Bucs would win and now you have to blame somebody so why not Schiano? Now your not just a so called journalist, you're also a armchair coach? Tell me....still think Penn is fat and out of shape too? You've been so spot on in all your reporting. People, this is our team. We need to support them....win or lose. If Schiano turns out to be in over his head it will be obvious by the end of the year. It certainly is not something you can call after one game. I've seen too many teams make the playoffs that started out rough. The Giants and the Ravens come to mind. This overreaction is something I expect from clueless fans but from someone who is supposed to be an objective reporter this is just garbage reporting that borders on hysteria.
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    gahtadreem - thanks for putting things in perspective.....
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    My goodness, one game and we are in full panic mode. This article is one big bottle of whine, with a side of hurt feelings about not getting an advanced schedule for the media. Showed a big lack of professionalism. Come on man, focus on football. Rewatch the film, the defense was very prepared and played well. The Jets defense sold out on the run, and our offense couldn't handle the one on one situations. Freeman missed a number of passes, and the offensive line was horrendous. The majority of problems weren't scheme related. If one of the stars would have been hurt in preseason, the same crybabies would be having Schiano's head. Can we wait until at least the Saints game to make judgements? Rally behind the team you fickle fans, you are the reason we can't sell out a home game. Should call this the Blackout Report...
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    Wow Scott! You sound like a whiny little fan instead of a journalist. Pitiful. I saw sloppy play all over the NFL in week one. Did you see Washington in the first half? They actually looked worse than we did. Fumble on the first play and two picks in the first half. Down 33-7 at half and the seven points came from their defense. Guess their coach sucks too huh? Bottom line is we did enough to win the game but for a stupid penalty at the end. I think I actually saw Schiano push Geno out of bounds at the end. You're right....it was his fault.
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    Well, let's just go ALL-IN why don't we? haha....I don't know if we can blame just yet, but that's just me. There is some coach named Bill up in NE that once sucked in Cleveland, now considered to be a legend and the media doesn't particularly like him either. I do not want the players to LIKE the coach, I want them to RESPECT the coach, and that's it. Part of me agrees with you in that YES, he probably should be more open to the media, but look...The coach can't make those throws. I get the whole preseason stuff. I do, I really do. But most teams around the LG do not play starters very long in the preseason, with some of the ELITE guys suiting up at all. I go back to Revis. He didn't play at ALL in the preseason, he plays arguably the most difficult position other than QB, and given the LG's laxed rules coverage and hitting the QB, it's harder to play that position NOW versus anytime in the history of the LG. But did Revis struggle in the game? Go back and watch him. He was fine. In the end the coach may NOT work here in Tampa. Personally I think it's too early too say. But the one position that's NOT up for debate any longer is Freeman. Freeman has struggled under 2 coaches. He's in a contract year, a year in which he PERSONALLY....PERSONALLY can gain and earn MILLIONS of extra dollars for himself and his family if he plays well. Furthermore, Dominik has chosen to roll the dice just like the Ravens did last year with Flacco. Flacco answered the call. He outperformed expectations, and as a result Baltimore lost the gamble and had to WAY OVER-PAY him this off-season. Whether or not Freeman and Schiano get along I could care-less. It's up to #5 to have prepared himself for this season. He has the weapons, he has no excuse not to succeed in today's NFL, where every SINGLE QB is now completing passes for over 60% and throwing for 300 yards MORE THAN EVER BEFORE! I still say it's time for Josh Freeman to stand up. Until he does, nothing else matters in Tampa! Go Bucs!
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    I agree. All this silly talk about how much Schiano is to blame for making everybody's life and job difficult is a straight up joke. Before I go on, I'd like to say how much I do like the insight of Pewter Report. I appreciate the work and passion covering the BUCS. With that being said, parts of the article were completely misplaced, in my opinion. If anyone thinks that scheduling press conferences ranks as high as evaluating talent, then feel free to float in suspended reality. I work in media/tv production and I know how terrible it can be to have to "hurry up and wait". But seriously, that had no place in this article and didn't relate to the BUCS losing a game they should've won. The coaches damn sure do deserve a lot of blame for the loss. They always will. But I have NO clue why one would believe this team wasn't coached to know what to do in a lot of the situations that caused the team to lose Sunday. I believe Freeman panicked when he couldn't get the play in the 1st drive. I believe he had lapse of concentration when the delay of game followed that. He broke the huddle with 10 seconds left on the clock as if he knew the play. No urgency to get to the line or anything. I believe every defensive player on the team knows the rules about holding and pass interference.I believe it's hard to not make contact with another player's helmet if you aim to hit anything above the waist nowadays. I believe Lavonte David was trying to make sure that Smith couldn't turn back up the field on Unnecessary Roughness call that sealed the fate of the BUCS in the game. By no means do I believe the number of snaps in the preseason effect the QB in such a way the he forgets how to play football. It's not like he was injured. It's not a new coach he's playing under.
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    WOW! First, I'd like to mention that for the fist time since I was in my 30's (Perkin's era) I was literally screaming at the TV only to watch my wife and daughter leave to go shopping. I regret getting that pissed off but to see absolutely HORRIBLE coaching preparation got the best of me. I will not allow that to happen again. I do agree in principal SR with this article but I also think all of us Buc fans in our own way are incredibly frustrated right now to say the least. There is time to turn this season around and salvage this year. We do have the talent to win this week and if the coaching gets it's act together quite possibly pull a big upset. GO BUCS!!
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    Wonderful insite as always! Tell it like it is! That is why Pewter Report is the only place to get the real coverage of the Buc's!
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    Great article and totally valid. As I was listening to the game the first thought that went through my head was wow, is this team not prepared or what. With all this talent... And yes getting glennon and trying to lit Josh's fire has totally back fired, and has made him lose total trust in his coach and has him playing scared to lose his job; not relaxed feeling its his team who has the backing of everyone. You can just see it one Josh's face. Disappointing all around. But yes, Schiano, this was your lost.
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    One of your best articles Scott just for the shear courage to put your thoughts out there for Schiano to read. Hopefully he doesn't ban Pewter Report from the locker room. After a loss like this one it's easy to find culprits. But it wasn't just a defeat by a superior team. Did we take the Jets lightly? I learned a long time ago that all NFL teams are capable of beating another. But our representation looked so ill-prepared our supposed superior talent wasn't up to the task. They all had that dreaded "now what?" look on their faces. Schiano and his staff have absolutely ruined our talented QB. Where is the player who had moxie and swagger in 2009 and 2010? Josh is who he is; but I wish he was who he was. He looks like he's that middle manager afraid to err or do what the boss would disapprove so he second guesses himself instead of just doing it. The whole team may be affected, but Josh being the QB is just more visible. Is Bowers in the same thinking rather than playing mode? The Glazers must already be thinking too.
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    Totally agree. Schiano has totally crushed any confidence josh had. The team staff just looked totally lost and almost spooked like a deer in head lights at points. Totally disappointing.
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    Best article you have ever done Scott! You found the culprit. As a commentator said Sunday--you play in a game the way you played in Preseason. The starting offensive line was lousy in preseason and the same way Sunday. Bostad was great last year, but I think he wanted a crack at rehabbing his former Tackle from college who was a bust in Chicago and he likely begged to get him here and stupidly spent the preseason trying to prove he was worth it and I could see the bust was still getting beat. Bostad should never have started him at LG because it was a bad combination and line play was off. Meredith would have been better or start the center Zutah there where he was great last year and Rogers is a natural center and the line would have been much better. Shiano should have made Bostad put his energy in getting the offence in sync first! The Tenn. TE should have been cut last year and the Rutgers RB should have been playing FB as he has done before in his career--he could have protected Free on passing downs and opened holes for Doobie on running plays. Shiano should have known better. Schiano failed to get a veteran, proven QB like Tebo to be his insurance for Free who he knew was regressing and he should have known his rookie choice he wasted all his effort on was not going to be able to save this season. On defense he could have platooned in Scott and Gholston at DE and kept his starters fresh for the last two minutes where he should have been blitzing them and never lose another game in a prevent defense. Schiano is inept. If Doobie had gotten proper reps in the third preseason game he would have played the Jets all game like he only played in the last series after he got the reps he needed. I predicted he would only play ordinary in the Jets game and that was exactly what 2.2 yds a carry was. He will be himself next week but the Bucs will still lose.
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    @Owlykat: : I agree totally with all your comments except for Tebow! Instead, as I posted during free agency time, the Bucs should have gone after Carson Palmer big-time!
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    Given what I just read about Miami owner assuring fans that all Dolphins games will be televised, the Glazers should step up and make that happen for the Buc fans. Since the product is poor, they should make this happen. I'm really afraid that this whole "blackout" thing has cost the Glazers some fans. Out of sight , out of mind. Most fans just spend more time with the family on Home game Sundays since they can't watch the Bucs on TV. We are losing some of the fan base and are preventing some of the younger fans from growing up as Buc fans because they can only see 8 games a year on the T.V. Not everyone can afford these ticket prices. This is just a piss poor situation all around. Where are the Glazer boys and why don't we hear from them on a regular basis? You may not like Jerry Jones, but he lets people know when he is not happy. As well he should! I would, if I were an owner. The sound of silence from the Galzer boys is deafening! I'm just saying...
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    @Bucballer: You are absolutely right! I posted a similar comment in a previous post although not quite so eloquently as you. The black-out rule is stupid, with all the unintended consequences you have covered. There are already enough transplants from outside Florida who will continue to root for their hometown team...and the younger folks will do the same when they can't watch the Bucs. Not to digress too much, but I'm from Tampa & was a Dolphins fan BEFORE 1976 & of course adopted the Bucs their 1st year. If I had been unable to see the Bucs at that time, I doubt seriously the Bucs would have become my favorite. I won't hold my breath waiting for the Glazers to step up though!
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    There is a lot of fault to go around. Let's start with Schiano. He didn't get his first team ready to play in the pre-season. They never got into a rhythm. The Bucs offensive coordinator, Sullivan, called a horrible game. His idea of keeping a defense off balance was calling a pass on first down, following it up by a run up the gut. Sullivan should have called more quick slants and got Josh out on the boot. The offense line didn't give Freeman enough protection. This loss can't be pinned on Freeman. Oh yea, they were severely undisciplined with the penalties, get with it Bucs, you guys are supposed to be pros.
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    Bring back Gruden. He's a Tampa Bay fan. He lives here. He can make Freeman a winner. He's ready to return. Schiano's decision--it had to be his--to authoroze a three-man rush with no pressure was totally the wrong call. Take a look at the last 40 seconds of the Arizona/St. Louis game and you'll see what an experienced NFL coach does. Four-man rush with 40 seconds left, sack, game over. They did the same thing against RG III. The window in the NFL is short. (take a look at the Atlanta Falcons! The team has been unlucky with injuries, no doubt. The loss of Lorig was much bigger than people realize. I for one feel sorry for Freeman. He's never been allowed to just have some fun and go out and use his considerable skills. He's been turned into a head case by circumstances and poor coaching. You go back to the tapes in 2010 and you see a relaxed kid brimming with confidence because he had a coach and fans who believed in him. Then, when the ship started to sink in 2011 he tried to do too much, taking it on his shoulders and making many mistakes. Now he's just a bundle of nerves, lacking comfort and afraid to make a mistake. Why does he always seem to play best in the 4th quarter, coming up with a big play--and by the way the 17 yard draw play was his checkoff--when we need it, because at that point he has to take risks and wing it. Then you have a coach that doesn't believe in him enough to go for a first-down that would insure that the Jets can't win if we make it. Ughhhhh.
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    Newsflash....Schiano blames Buctebow for the loss.
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    Schiano might have well said this about the Jets: "They were who we thought they were!" - no reason for him to take the blame, LOL!
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    I cannot believe Schiano statement that now that they know the opponents are going to focus on Doug Martin they will have to prepare for it. Wake up Schiano didn’t you know that before the Jets game?
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    There is plenty of blame to go around for yesterday. Almost if not every player and coach. I hope they are leaving the finger pointing to us and focusing on improving themselves. I don't see or hear any accountability. David is saying what he did was ok, Goldson and Barron too. Those things helped cost them the game as much as any other play. Take accountability for it. Take note from past successful regimes and Hall of Famers. Do your own job and trust your teammate to do his. Yesterday, not many did their job the best they can. Move forward and fix it. Week 1 is over, be better Week 2.
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    Schiano says it is Josh's fault, so it must be true.
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    Finally, the truth!!!!! This needed to be said; both coordinators are bad and Schiano is nothing more than a lower level college coach with an ego. Josh's best receiver early in his career just caught 7 huge passes and the coach ran him off because he spoke his mind. That's fine, if you replace him and that hasn't happen. How anyone here could blame this on anyone but the head coach is unbelievable. This may sound harsh or asinine but if they lose ugly next week; he needs to be gone and let Wannstedt or Davis take over!!!!
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    You guys know if we suck this year we will be just good enough to miss the top 3 picks in the 2014 draft. It's A Bucs Life!
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    Scott, outstanding article, spot on with the analysis. Keep these types of articles coming, much rather read your opinion than just vanilla information that we can get anywhere on the internet. That stuff about the media was very interesting and I love it cuz we won't know that from anyone else. That coupled with our continued trend of committing stupid penalties really questions just how disciplined this team is. You go a lot of work schi
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    Love the article Scott – sounds like a pissed off fan that just happens to have the venue to vent that displeasure. I’m losing faith in Mark Dominick – he’s building the Bucs against the rules. I’ll explain - • The rules are such in the NFL that you need to have safeties that can ball-hawk, cover ground and create turnovers. So what does Mark do - he goes out and gets 2 big hitting safeties. Never mind the fact the salary cap doesn’t justify the money( 1) 7th overall pick money and 2) Top free agent money). Don’t get me wrong I absolutely love these guys and the hits they make but the new NFL doesn’t allow for it. • He then is 100% against signing any defensive ends to help the pass-rush. I’m cool with that – the Bucs have high draft picks invested in our ends and you need them to play so see what you got, but don’t need to KNOW for sure that they are good enough to start for your team? How does our front office and coaching staff not know going into the season that Da'Quan Bowers is out of shape and not ready to be an every down end? (don’t the Bucs lead the league in assistant coaches? NO ONE KNEW?) • So the NFL is a Passing league and the rules don’t favor man to man coverage so we give a 1st and 3rd plus $1million a game for a corner? Hmmm – again love Revis just not sure the investment makes sense in the NEW NFL. • NFL is a passing league so we spend how much money on 2 guards that strength lie in the running game. • This head coach hire – He doesn’t adjust his game plan. Never seems to have a Plan A, B, C ect… Thanks for the passion Scott
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    This is the first opportunity I've had to check this website post game yesterday... And I'm really happy to see this article written? Is Freeman, blameless for what happened yesterday? Of course not, he's the QB and integral to win or loss in every game. But putting the argument aside of whether it should have even been that close to begin with... Freeman did his job and setup the Bucs for a victory. Lousy play calling and strategy on the part of the coaching staff allowed the Bucs to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory once again. I had to be somewhere and left as the Bucs kicked the field goal to go up with 38 seconds left and the Jets having no timeouts. But EVEN without seeing the defense concede the field goal kicking scoring drive, I object to the Schiano's and the offensive coaching staff's play calling on that final drive. They were IN field goal position with first and 10 and the Jets had 3 time outs. How about some creative play calling and not only force them to use the time outs but GET THE FIRST DOWN. I'm not saying risk everything but jesus... ONE high % misdirection play or something unexpected to see if you can get that first down and defending with some time left is a non-issue. But Schiano wants to micro-manage and prioritize Freeman never taking any chances at all (which is not that players strength to begin with) and treats the offense as if its ineffective which basically becomes self fulfilling prophecy with this team. You have play makers on both sides of the ball... Have the confidence to rely on them to win the game for you coach. YOU don't win games, your PLAYERS do... Let them play and give them a chance with a half decent play call.
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    Great article Scott. Thanks for the behind the scenes nuggets. It's obvious that Schiano is in way over his head. He has no business being an NFL head coach and his players know it, especially the vets. He's earned nothing in this league and yesterday looked like amateur hour. Is it too early for the Greg Schiano watch to begin? I hope the Glazers have this dude on a short leash. Also, I just watched the Schiano press conference. When asked about the poor offensive line play he threw Freeman under the bus. It's obvious that he has no use for Freeman. Now all the off-season chatter about him not liking Freeman makes sense. I'm no Josh Freeman fan but for Schiano to pin blame on him for yesterday's debacle is bush league. Freeman has his issues but this loss was squarely on Schiano. Man up coach. You failed. Take responsibility. What a classless jerk.
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    Great point. What kind of answer is that? Everything is Freeman's fault? Thats convenient. Why not just put his golden boy Glennon in and get this charade over with. I have been on and off the Freeman bandwagon many times over the years, but the blame was plenty to go around for yesterdays debacle. For once Coach Schiano, put your ego aside and admit your mistakes!
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    I agree with everything you said Scott. Im not too worried about the players loving Schiano right this minute. Tom Coughlin could probably count the players that loved him on one hand before he won a SB. Maybe still after winning 2 SB's but I think the players will be fine with Schiano "IF" we start winning, a lot. But winning a lot might not happen. " It's A Bucs Life" UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    I looked at Freeman sitting on the bench by himself at the end of the game looking "bewildered"? Has he been emasculated by the coaching staff and lost all confidence? He can't lead of he isn't allowed to. No wonder he wasn't selected as a Captain.
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    Scott. You are SO right on the money! The only thing I would add is more responsibility should go to Freeman. Yes he doesn't run now; Yes, he only looks at his primary receiver, Yes, the has a 50/50 chance of hitting the side of a barn. But he did (or didn't) do all that with Rah Rah too. I hate the thought of going back to "square one", but with Freeman we will NEVER be a Super Bowl contender. It looks like the same can be said for our head coach too!
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    How many 0-3 teams rebounded to make the playoffs? 3, The 1992 Chargers.The 1998 Bills.The1998 Lions. 0-4 the Chargers, 0-5 Nobody.
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    Geno has shown more fight and fire in his one game as a pro then freeman has in a year..
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    We seem to have a perfect s**t storm in Tampa- a coach who doesn't believe in the skill set of his QB and a QB who doesn't warrant his belief...Freeman just doesn't have it and coach is too transparent to hide that he knows it.. Freeman needs to be a back up somewhere- he seems way more like a guy who's happy holding the clipboard and not running an offense..
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    The Colts had "Suck for Luck". We can have "Bomb for Bridgewater"
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    Hahaha oh man thats funny. Hope it doesnt get to that point!
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    Great atricle Scott..... I wonder if the Glazers ever read PR, if not they should. There are some great threads on this article that might be helpful to them to see how the Buc's fans feel. The thought of dumping Schiano now gives us the same scenario when they fired Gruden. They will have to pay him this year and the next three years. With that said, they will also have to admit that they made ANOTHER HUGE MISTAKE. That is something I doubt they can bring themselves to due! To pay Schiano for the four years left is a small amount of money compared to the harm it will due to the fan base that is very small as it is, and getting smaller each game. The time has come to fish or cut bait with your coach and QB. One of the posters has said " Fire Schaiano and let Sully finish the season". To me that makes great sense as we will find out if we have a QB or not (IMO we don't). If Freeman don't work out than start over from top to bottom (and yes, this also means Dominik and his half a$% scout dept.) next year.
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    I still don't think the problem is Freeman. I am glad Scott that you are putting the blame where it belongs. The coaching was horrible in this game. But the shocker to me is that the play of our OL was so bad. I know Nicks is gone but why are the rest of them so bad all of a sudden ? Is it scheme or is it just preparedness ? Martin clearly is a special back, but he is no barry sanders. He needs a crack in the seam. If he cannot run, Freeman has many fewer options.
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    Scott, I agree with you. And you actually made me feel a little better cause I was very angry after the game too. Clearly we should have played the first team more in the preseason. No doubt. The one thing that I was upset about at the end of the game is we made no effort to score a TD on that last drive. None.
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    It's because schiano has no trust in freeman, which he should, but which has led to josh not having any trust in schiano. Josh has a lot of potential but has to be coached right.
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    It seems no coach we've had has been good enough to bring out the true talent in Josh LOL! His first O.C. was fired right before the opener. He must have said something like " no one can win with this guy". So then he had two years with the Gruden hold over which means he ran Gruden's west coast offense. Or should I say tried to run it. He didn't get the job done, but Morris, and what's his name Olsen got fired. Now Josh is on his second year in the Sullivan offense, but once again it doesn't play to Josh's strength's, whatever they may be. If you stop and look at the facts, Josh has been what he is, 50, 50 passing, and a less then 50 percent winner in all his career starts no matter who the coach was. Stop making excuses for this kid, he'll always be what he's shown us the last four years a loser.
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    Then why bring him back this year? If the answer is “there is no one else” then let him play you can’t hide your QB in the NFL…I’m not here to defend Freeman, but our coaching staff never seem to in-game adjust. The game plans are boring without any creativity to exploit the other team’s weakness using your team’s strengths. If the answer to why we don’t do that is that the coaching staff doesn’t trust Freeman…then it brings me back to my original question “Why bring him back?”
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    On a side note, McNulty deserves a seperate post. I've seen enough of him from the preseason and first game to know I want him gone today. To think, he was brought here as a replacement for Sullivan if he gets a HC job next year? Freeman nor Glennon have completed 50% of their passes since he got here. I was worried initially to hear McNulty say that he doesn't coach mechanics, just getting the QB's comfortable with the offense. I almost called for his head then, but I wanted to see the regular season first. Well, I've seen enough. Don't forget McNulty sucked the life out of the Arizona QB's last year too!
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    Suprised, but glad, that you showed the guts to get this off your chest, Scott. I just can't accept that the talent isn't there on this team. Mistakes like penalties and clock management are directly attributable to coaching. If PR feels compelled to bring this to our attention, how do you think the players must feel? I hope the heart of this team has not been irreversibly damaged. If it has, then we can play spoiler for the rest of the season and start planning for our top draft pick by a new (professional) coaching staff.
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    SR, hit it right on the head. Great read, I could not have said it better myself.
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    A large contingent of loyal Buccaneer fans were very concerned about the ineptitude shown during preseason, but you media members told us to relax. Some Buc fans threw out that the Falcons were 0-4 in the past preseasons and the Lions were 4-0 and we shouldn't even look at the preseason to gauge this team.-------------------------------------------->The chickens have come home to roost. Not only was the media pundets wrong (including Dumbdog), but these so-called expert Buc fans were wrong as well. The preseason set this team up for failure against the NYJ.
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    Scott - I wish you had told us about these issues with the media schedule before. VERY INTERESTING. Screw the tolls. Man, i'm depressed today. What a disaster to watch and and even worse one to contemplate. Maybe time will heal. Wonstat is looking pretty good right now.
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    Great article, Scott! This is exactly true. Some want to blame Lavonte David for yesterday's loss. Absolutely not! He made an error, but it should never have come down to that. We should have been blitzing the heck out of Geno Smith on that last drive. The play calling was horrendous on offense. Also, way didn't they move Zuttah to left guard and put Larsen at center. I have absolutely no faith in this coaching staff whatsoever. This team has gone downhill since Gruden and Allen had been fired. Can you imagine if Jon Gruden had this much talent on the team the final years he was here? I can barely see us winning 1 or 2 games this season unless things change dramatically. This Sunday at the stadium is going to be painful with all the annoying Saints' fans when the Saints whip our butts. I don't blame people for not coming to the stadium. I also agree with you on how Schiano totally mismanaged pre-season. I am so frustrated
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    The one thing this franchise needs right now more than anything is a win. The thing that really has me scared right now is the last time we took a gut punch of a loss to an inferior team was last season to the Eagles and we all know what happened the very next week in New Orleans...I'm flying down from NJ for the game and I sincerely hope that is not the case this year. We will see in 6 days what this team is made of.
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    Well, we are going to have a top 5 draft pick!
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    Fire Harbaugh, fire Mike Tomlin, fire Tom Coughlin, fire every head coach and starting QB that lost there first game. While your at it impeach Obama and Nuke Syria. The Bucs had a bad game, they have had a lot of bad games over the years. Did anyone see the five sacks, and a group of DB's that knocked the snot out of some receivers. Erase a few ill timed mistakes and we would be talking about the great day that V-Jax had. Scott, just go ahead and throw in the towel now, the hell with the next 15 games. While we're at it lets just fire Reynolds also. He opened this rant with "I was Wrong." GO BUCS...... You still have at least one true fan.
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    @Martini: Yes, we all saw the positives that you mentioned & have commented on those in other posts. Unfortunately, we saw soooo many negatives that outweighed the positives. Most of our comments are directed toward the coach & his staff rather than the players, although some of us who have been defending Freeman for 4 years are now having our doubts. I've been a Buc fan since I was a season ticket holder in 1976. You can certainly interpret our criticisms as not coming from loyal fans, but the opposite is true. It's BECAUSE we ARE true Bucs fans that we are so critical of that debacle Sunday. We can criticize our own team amongst ourselves, but I'll bet 99% of the posters on here love the Bucs & want them to succeed.
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    Remember, Chip Kelly (sp?) was originally hired by the Bucs, but went back to college...now with the Eagles. Tonight, we'll see what kind of coach he is...but gotta believe he would have had our offense humming. I was glad to see Schiano come in and provide some discipline after Morris' "players coach" mentality, but it appears that we got a college coach rather than an NFL coach in Schiano. Gruden used to blame himself for all problems...to the point he sounded insincere...but for Schiano not to step up and blame himself for this debacle is inexcusable. Thanks Scott for giving us some inside info. as hard as it appears to obtain.
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    The good news is Revis looked great. They say he only gave up a 13 yard pass but if you watch that play his own man cut him off so it wasn't his fault. Goldson was rocking as well aside from the BAD ref calls. Martin got screw by the refs when he was body slammed which should have been a 15 yard penalty but it wasn't called. I'm a bit disappointed in VJ again. Last year he has a great catch/run but slowed down and was stopped right before making a TD. They couldn't get in and lost the game. This game he slowed down and they couldn't get into FG range because of it. VJ is a great WR just needs to try harder since it just seems like he only gives 75% after the catch.
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    Defense is the only brightspot in the bucs first game. We can only hope they will be consistent next week with the saints. Offense needs to game plan and study better. Is anyone telling freeman to go through his progressions? he stares down on side of the field the whole time, enough already freeman! And Im on your side!
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    SR, I agree with you 100%. What a great article! I was the first one to bring up the idea of bringing Schiano here after Morris got fired. "Come on Dominik, throw us a curveball and go get that HC from Rutgers!" It shames me now. That being said, I still want to give Schiano the rest of the season and see if he can turn things around. The only reason for that is that he's a defensive coach and the defense looked great yesterday. The offense wasn't at all ready to play, but the defense was. My official stance is that I'm still off the Freeman bandwagon. Freeman skipping passes off the ground and overthrowing receivers whenever he had time to throw was the straw that finally broke the camel's back for me. Bridgewater and Boyd both look better than Freeman.
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    I agree with with Macabee (great comments) that Freeman has been emasculated by micro coaching..Josh doesn't deserve to be in the position that the coaching has put him in.. Deep down I know, with the proper tutelage. Deep down I know that Freeman could be a good quarterback..
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    Well said!!! I didn't like the hire to begin with....thought he was in over his head I would rather them turn it over to Davis and let Wanstadt run the defense.
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    really good read. This may be schiano's swan song.
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    Great article. My only gripe w PR was when they waited til the very end to tell us about all the bs going on in the Rah Morris era. Not now, really good stuff here. Even the media schedule... its doesn't mean much to the fans but kind of indicates how schiano runs things. He is either not prepared or just wants to be an *censored*. Either way, not good. He is going to have a hard time keeping the locker room together. Imagine gruden with this kind of talent. When was the last time we had this many pro bowlers on the roster? its like the whole off season was built around getting our 2nd string qb ready to be a solid back up. Also, why the hell would you ever rush 3 guys like that at the end of the game???/ never works. One thing reynolds didn't mention is , don't we have like 37 assistant coaches, and thats what we show up with on week one.
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    I live in Tallahassee where we don't get the blackouts, so I see every game. I could not believe that the starters did not play in the preseason. I agree with Scott, that is when you get an offense into rythem, and you also get your defense into a rythem. We did not do that. I never understood that and thought that that could lead to disaster. It did. Living in Tallahassee does not provide me with an opportunity to learn about the micromanaging issue. But, from what I hear it is much overbearing. We, my friends, are in for a long year. And by the way, Sullivan is not the answer.
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    The question is going to be ...what happens with Freeman if we dump the HC and/or GM? What if the next coach comes in and says he wants a shot at Freeman? There have been plenty of NFL men (Tark excluded) that have raved about Freeman and one has to wonder (again) if he's getting the right coaching, or at least put in the right situations for his skill sets. As a long suffering Buc fan I don't think I can take seeing us let go of yet another young QB just to see him hit big time on another team. And back on point to the coaching ...as with Rah if this is the product we're going to get each week then YES definitely send Schiano back to coaching mid-level college programs. With this talent base we should be able to attract a top NFL mind ...heck bring back Gruden.
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    I watched that debacle yesterday in disbelief. I previously had faith in Sullivan and Schiano. But this team was simply unprepared to play. The offensive line is supposed to be talented and a team strength- Bostad worked miracles last year IMHO, but they looked awful yesterday. The reason the offense didn't get into a rhythm is because they couldn't give Freeman time and couldn't give Martin holes. I lost count of the the third and longs. The playcalling shows in absolute inability to adjust mid-game. The Jets made it a priority to shut down Martin running up the middle and they did. It took the coaching staff until the 4th quarter to call a toss or even try to get Martin outside. The quick passes were effective, but were just not called with enough frequency to put the Jets pass rush on its heels. The defense played OK, but the three man prevent is INEFFECTIVE. I have to agree with Scott that this is on the coaching staff, period. Despite the comments from the trolls, I agree that Schiano's treatment of the media is either unnecessary toying with them or evidence of a lack of preparation. Either way it is unprofessional. Sort of like the team play yesterday.
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    I hear you guys that are complaining about me mentioning the media schedule. Most fans don't want to hear the media whining about press conference times and practice times. I get that. But I thought it was worth illustrating that point and correlating it to what we saw on Sunday in New York. If Schiano can't get the info to the media sooner than the day or night before about availability, it just screams lack of preparation. NFL players love routine. It's important. It helps them get prepared. If he's this disorganized to the point where he can't do something as simple as let the media know when the practices are, when the press conferences are and media availability times are, it has to have a trickle down effect on the Buccaneers players and affect their preparation. It sure looked that way on Sunday.
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    Again, I truly do like PewterReport.com....but @PewterReportSR, that's the most infuriating and dumbest *censored* thing I've ever read on this site. It's just a whole new level of stupid. Schiano's relaying of media times and availability has nothing to do with the on-field play of the Team. I actually can't believe I'm typing this on such a well respected site.
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    Respect Scott, good article. @OUT: youre right @all: Even if we would have to "rebuild" the next year, it wouldn´t be that bad, because lots of pieces are in place. I would say GM Dom the Don has to go too, because he let Glennon get draftet and was all in with that "win now"- mode and screwed the Bucs rebuilding, by getting after Revis that hard (although a great player, he won´t take us "over the hill", because there are many holes left, and by sending 2 high draft picks to the jets, our Rebuilding could not finish..). With that said, i hope the Shianomik Demon gets fired as soon as possible, making it clear for potential suitors, that we got a vacated HC Position. Promote Sully to HC for rest of the year, as for right now, he is running Shianos offense, and i would love to see his offensive strategy before we decide wether to keep him or not. And to see if Freeman could be our Franchise QB or not. Next offseason is very crucial for the coming 5 seasons(!). Bucs should let it go (Shianomik), GoBucs! do whats best for ya
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    Finally Pewter Report says what should have been said many weeks ago. I got off Freeman's bandwagon at the end of the last season and I am now officiailly off Schiano's band wagon because I don't think he has a clue on what he has done wrong. Coach let me help you here? First you should have taken the fall for the team yesterday because you deserved it. Second and this will be tough for you; let your Coaches coach and let the players play. Third, be creative and flexible because you are way over your head. Fourth, these next 3 games are do or die for your career; you have to win 2 out of the three or your team will fold on you. There is way too much talent on this team to put up with a Ray Perkins type of Coach; incase you don't realize it Coach, that's an insult because Perkins was a detail non thinker.
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    Fire Schiano in-season, there is no excuse for the team not to be prepared. Even had we won the game, we were still a terrible team. I said I would wait to see this game to form an opinion, well it is formed. I held out hope that we might have the talent to be a playoff team, but now based on what i saw, I believe a 6-10 record is beyond our reach.
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    Nice job Scott. Tell it like it is and call a spade a spade. This is one of your best efforts ever! I have the same concerns and unless something changes drastically, this coaching staff is in deep trouble. That first quarter and what followed was one of the saddest displays of football I have seen in a long, long time. As for you Lovie Smith lovers, I'm in Chicago, do you want a team that plays defense but doesnt have a clue on offense? Ask Bears fans about Smith. Thats what you will get. Trust me, they are glad he's gone and I don't want him in Tampa unless he is a Defensive Coordinator only. Have a great Monday. Nice job Coach Meathead. That was a classic yesterday. Not even Rutgers would hire you after that debacle.
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    Not a feel good story at all. Agreed that the preseason planning sure seems to have backfired at this point, as the offence looked very rusty vs the Jets. Of course, that is not uncommon for this team in recent years, so who's to say it was because of lack of reps? That's also some surprising news re Schiano and his dealings with the press. I assumed that he would have had his yearly press conferences planned out already! Fingers crossed this turns around. And to think that much of this negativity would have been avoided (for this week, at least), had Lavonte just pulled up and not pushed Geno Smith. Funny how things work out....
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    This article is dead on. Great work. Those of you taking issue with Scott's reference to the media schedule are missing the point. He is using the poorly planned media schedules to illustrate the lack of preparation and foresight by the coach, which is surprising for someone know to be a micromanager. That same lack of preparation and foresight resulted in yesterday's loss.
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    SR You are spot on.2words LOVIE SMITH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The past should be the Future.
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    Just ugghhh. I hate that I have to admit that this article is spot on. Coach better get it together or else the hammer falls..... To much talent and money being spent on this squad to look like that. Thats when the coach gets axed. Right after Free and Dom.
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    Wow! I didn't realize it was this bad.. Thank you SR for letting us know the truth. I just wish you let us know this before the season started. These guys are lost
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    Scott, thank you for saying what must have taken a great deal of courage to say. It is time to put Shiano’s coaching under the microscope just like Freeman’s quarterbacking. Freeman is shell-shocked after seasons of do this and do that and be this and be that and Schiano is not the type of coach to rehabilitate him. My opinion, he has been emasculated and lost whatever poise and confidence that he once had – afraid to call a play that has not been sent in by the coach. I was just watching the Dallas/Giants game and George Selvie continues to play lights out. He had 3 sacks during preseason and only got a cup of coffee at the Bucs. Last year Wallace Gilberry couldn’t play here, but got 7 sacks at the Bengals .We’ve remade a D-Line that was the #1 rush defense in the league with 3 rookies drafted in the mid-to-late rounds. Bowers is now getting the same shaming treatment that sent a 1,000yd rusher packing in Legarette Blount. Kellen Winslow of recent Jets fame has been replaced by Tim Wright from Rutgers. And now I’m afraid we are seeing the last of Freeman too. We looked seriously unprepared to play the Jets yet the Monday before the Patriots practice the Bucs were practicing the dreaded victory formation charge again. Did the college coaches make Lavonte David aware of the NFL rule regarding a player that is clearly running out of bounds. PFT provides insight on the rule. Several media people commented on how different the Bucs looked from the Patriots when doing on-field drills side by side. Does anybody still believe that Mark Barrron was a better pick than Luke Keuchly? I was one of the first fans to declare that Schiano is just what this team needs. But the real question is can the Bucs win with a coach who seems driven to prove that Rutgers could win in the NFL with a bigger budget. The Bucs have had 9 coaches and all of them were fired except the first one who retired after a losing season. The future does not bode well for this intractable coach and I stated weeks before the season started that I am not on his bandwagon!
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    Great read and all truth . Coaching sucks , free need to be free to play like he did in 2010, not sure the OC knows what he is doing
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    So the two most important people in the organization, H.C., and Q.B., are less then stellar, and not embraced by the players. We're officially F't. Bewitched, bother'd, and bewildered am I.
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    Well, the end of the Freeman/Dominik/Schiano era has officially begun. Really it was too bad, the game was salvaged. But losing to probably the worst team in the league, because your team was under-talented, undisciplined, unprepared and full of excuses means one thing... RIP current Bucs. Hello crappy rebuilding in 2014. The WAY a team plays is reflective of the head coach. A guy that murders the other team that is in the victory formation, a guy who doesn't understand the new NFL rules on legal hits, and a coach whose team commits 13 penalties, is not an NFL coach. Scott's article is right on. Coach Schiano was a good Rutgers coach. Nothing else. Unfortunately Schiano is going to drag Freeman and Dominik down with him. Feel bad for those guys, looking forward to Freeman being a super QB for another team. I wish the Glazer's were smart on this one and would keep Freeman and Dominik, but I am afraid that they will clean house of the GM and QB as well.
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    I was with you Scott, until you started to complain about the media not being notified ahead of time about press conferences. Boo-hoo for the media. I worry more about the coach preparing for the next game, not whether or not he coddles the local media.
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    I am a fan of Coach Schiano and the changes he brought after the Morris experiment that brought an undisciplined failure. I'm not at all concerned with media restrictions thought selfishly I would like to know more about what goes on behind the scenes. But the media has proven it cannot be trusted and plays to overreacting listeners and/or readers resulting in even more problems. Just my opinion. BUT....... there is NO doubt that yesterday's TERRIBLE performance is on Coach and his staff. They looked totally unprepared for the game, did not or could not adjust, kept using plays over and over and over that did not work. Obviously the players were not ready to play either, particularly on offense. Those who insisted starters did not get enough playing time in preseason were correct and Coach was DEAD WRONG! Now........ can this be fixed? In six days? It had better be though right now I see it as a tall order. Too damn bad, because Coach and his staff are responsible for the disorganized, sloppy MESS this team was yesterday and they WILL be accountable if it continues for one more week. The home crowd on Sunday will turn on the team, especially on Josh and the offense if it plays like it did yesterday. IF that happens, Coach should take it personally.
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    Amen Brother! I am the last guy to call for a coach to be fired. Heck at the end of Raheem's tenure I was undecided on whether or not he should get another year (in retrospect firing him was definitely the right move). I always laugh at the stereotypical fan who second guesses the coach. However after watching that debacle yesterday, I have lost all faith in Schiano. I've been a hardcore bucs fan for about 20 years. I'm the guy that when we are sitting at 3-6, I'm saying "we still have a chance to make the playoffs". Based on what I saw yesterday I pretty much lost all hope for this season. First time that has happened to me. Very depressing
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    I didnt think Shciano should be talking negatively about his starting qb. If you thinking you may have to replace the qb, dont bring it up in the media... then first game you lay the egg, is it coach or qb. Every one knows Josh's numbers went down when Schiano got rid of Josh's favorite target (wnslow). I have never understood all the nastness about Josh. Like Schiano is a world beater?
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    Great article. Finally real questions are being asked of our coaching staff. Something is not right and its showing up on the field. I believe we have enough talent to compete each week and have a shot at making the playoffs....that is before yesterday's debacle of a game. What an utter joke that first series was. No one seems to know what to do. There were spurts where it looked like things were coming together, then a bad play call, a penalty, poor execution, something always stopped the momentum. The offense was not ready for, surprise, heavy blitz package and a crowded box to stop Martin. The defense got pressure on blitz, shutdown the Jets run game, and by and large had good coverage (huge problem last year) for most of the day. A couple of bad penalties late was their ultimate downfall. Its only week 1, but alot of warning signs with the tough slate of games we have upcoming.
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    Excellent analysis Scott. Like so many others have already said, this team is loaded with talent, but this coaching staff obviously doesn't know how to employ their skills, on offense or defense. It's the old routine of 'trying to put a square peg in a round hole'. What I think I'm seeing is a staff that has this simplistic view of what it takes to win in the NFL and is incapable of making adjustments when their opponent doesn't play by their rules. This staff wasted the preseason and now the bill comes due.
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    Josh Freeman had one good year, then the next year, he went downhill; both were under Raheem Morris. Simply put, he got figured out. I've pointed out that Josh has worked to get un-figured out(the Atlanta game last year). But, that doesn't mean one should put the blame for being figured out on Coach Schiano.
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    I agree that the Bucs coaches should take the blame for week one; but, that doesn't mean go on a witchhunt. Listen to this! PewterReport is giving up their left nut because he doesn't deal wit the media! Oh, listen to this, the media is trying to say they should be in charge! The media is saying they'll put up a big political storm if they are not heard!
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    As I've pointed out last night, there's plenty of signs that all teams are affected by the new NFL practice rules; rules set down because the players want party time and a bigger piece of the money pie they were already getting.
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    Not only is your eyesight going, but your mind is to Scott; you act as if your life depends on this game.
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    would not be this way if they would have hired old man marty shot a proven nfl winner and leader and mostly loved by his players, now another rebuild on the horizon
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    Let me also add that Schiano has a larger coaching staff than the last two head coaches and a lot more money spent on free agents...or it seems like it and the results look very similar in terms of mediocrity. Not saying bring back Gruden or Raheem but Schiano has to have this team playing better than .500 ball or at least have one winning season.
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    Scott, great article. Could not have been more spot on.
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    Great article and kudos for calling it like you see it. I agree 100%.. Shiano needs to worry about himself and his coaching instead of replacing Freeman. Freeman did play better under Raheem who was in over his head but did some things right. They are not calling plays that are to Freemans strength. Up until this preseason I thought Shiano was a good coach and was on board. I had serious doubts and bad feeling after this preseason. I said here and other places it matters if you can't execute in pre season and others said I was being negative and ridiculous. The resting of players under Gruden like the the Giants playoff game here few years back never works. All the teams that looked sloppy and inept in preseason like Giants and Bucs came out week 1 in regular season and looked sloppy and inept. Teams that executed and had continuity in pre season played that way week one. He has a lot to learn and may be gone before he gets it. Freeman may never be elite but with the right coaching and play calling he can be good enough to win. He proved that by going 10-6 with far less talented team under Raheem.
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    That article is one of the best summations of Greg Schiano's soon to be short lived Bucs head coaching career.
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    Good article. I really want to like Schiano, and I did last year.... but this preseason and week 1 have really soured me on the guy. I realize it's only 1 game so I won't go freaking out too much yet but your article is spot on. He was far too focused on some things in the preseason and not focused enough on others. I legitimately believe with the right coach THIS team and Freeman can be successful... but I don't see it happening with this predictable, bush league coaching staff. They're predictable in play calling, they were ill prepared, they refuse to adjust the game plan when the Jets were clearly not going to let Martin get going on the ground, they weren't prepared enough to know that running a prevent D against G. Smith wasn't the right way to go at the end of the game... the list goes on and on. Some blame can go to Freeman for not just making a call and running a play when the headset went down... some blame can go to the refs for some pretty cruddy calls... but this loss was simply on coaching... and I'm sure the players know it.
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    I have watched the Bucs 30 years and I have never seen this team so unprepared to play a game! It looked like some of the players were in Pro Bowl form while others were going through the motions. You would think all the players would be going all out for the first game of the season. The defense looks promising and would be even better without the stunts on third and longs IMO. I like what I am seeing from Clayborn, DTN, and Scott. Bowers did have some QB hurries in a limited role but he is far behind the learning curve of basic football fundamentals. On offense, they were not prepared at all for a backup plan to do hand signals for plays and they were also not prepared to move away with the ground and pound strategy of running Martin out of the single back set. Dominik did a poor job in addressing TE and slot WR situation it appears but there is plenty of time for somebody, anybody to step up.
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    I was one of the folks who gave Schiano a pass last year, due to the mess he inherited...no more! Either his bullheaded approach to coaching/leading starts to yield results or its time for the Glazers to start considering another plan.
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    Yup
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    I've never seen you so flustered Scott. I find myself in the same frame of mind unfortunately. Trust, Belief and Accountability are all on shaky ground at One Buc right now. If the Bucs fall on their face and find themselves with a top five pick next April, do you think the Glazers clean house, including Dom?
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    I sincerely hope so. If they can't sniff a .500 record with the amount of star players on this team then there's no one else to blame. Two years would be enough for me.
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    Ouch, great article Scott..
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