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September 9, 2013 @ 2:58 pm
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Schiano Not Pleased With Bucs Communication Issues

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Less than 24 hours after suffering a tough loss to the Jets, Bucs head coach Greg Schiano was at the podium at One Buc to discuss the issues that cost Tampa Bay a win. One of the most frustrating things was the Bucs inability to overcome communication problems early in New York.
The day after game press conference is never an easy one for a head coach if he is on the losing side. Buccaneers Greg Schiano, like many last season, had another on Monday and he looked visibly upset with many topics. 

In particular, Schiano expressed his displeasure with the way the game was handled from a communications angle. 

“The very beginning of the game was excellent,” Schiano said. “We open with a three step pass to Mike, get the flow going and we’re kind of going off the script the way you want, then we get penalized. There’s a communicator issue, but you know what, that has to be overcome. We have mechanisms in place for that which we didn’t employ efficiently.

“We did have an issue earlier this season so we even upped our pre-game preparedness stuff with the communicators, added another step to the regimen to make sure they’re working so, it’s unfortunate, but when it happens, because it’s going to happen, we need to quickly without going into the details of what exactly the procedures are, we need to quickly go to that because the 40-second clock doesn’t care that you don’t have a communicator. So it was disappointing that we didn’t do that. And we need to be able to make sure that we can do that efficiently in a 40-second time.”

When issues like those rear their ugly heads, the job of improvising and get a play called would — in certain scenarios — goes to the quarterback. Coach Schiano addressed that as well stating Josh Freeman had the ability to do so, if all the procedures were followed.

“Not going to go into all the details of it, but what happens is, you need to first communicate that you’re not hearing anything,” Schiano said with a look of disappointment. “And then after that a string of procedures occurs, which again, I won‘t go into all the details but part of that is Josh has the ability to call his own play rather than burn a time out or take a delay of game.

“I would have preferred to use the step before that. If worse comes to worst, that’s a last resort. He knows what to call but I prefer to get the play in by another method.”

Schiano's disappointment did not stop there. While communication issues went on, the Buccaneers were called for two delay of game penalties and a false start which were three of 13 called on Tampa Bay for the day. That did not go over well with the second-year head coach.

They threw 13 flags and I don’t mean to be a smart alec but the delay of games and that, we just discussed the false starts, inexcusable,” Schiano said. “We can’t do that stuff. The physical penalties, those we better be careful. We need to make sure, we have to play on the edge. That’s the way we play. You have to be smart about it. The strike zone is decreasing in the National Football League. And we have to make sure we stay within the rules. It doesn’t mean you can’t be physical but we have to try to be better that way. Now, some are very obvious and that’s going to be a penalty 10 out of 10 times. Others you look at and say, not so sure. As I tell our team and our coaches, if the flag is thrown it’s a penalty. It doesn’t’ matter what we think. Because the effect on the team and the result is what it is.

“Certainly I’m not OK with how our team played because we lost in a game with 13 penalties. So I’m not OK with how we played. Did it look sloppy? Yeah, some parts looked sloppy. Some parts looked really good. I don’t know if I’ve seen a punting and kicking performance in my 26 years like I saw yesterday from Mike Koenen. It was just tremendous. I thought our special teams played very. very well. Defensively, we made a few mistakes, but hats off to the Jets, I thought they did some creative things to help their young quarterback and to slow us down a little bit but at the end of the day I like the way we’re running and I like the way we’re hitting. We got after the quarterback, we sacked him five times, the pass rush was a major discussion. We sacked the quarterback five times, hit him more times than that. Now that’s a mobile quarterback and they have a center that’s one of the best in the game to navigate and make calls and so there’s a lot of good stuff that we’re going to build on. WE just have to get the stuff that I’m unhappy with and our team is unhappy with and go to work and those are things that we can fix. The procedural things. The frustrating thing to me is we shouldn’t have to fix them.”

The play of the offensive line was also a hot topic.

“Well, that’s going to be the formula to stop our offense,” Schiano said. “That’s no mystery. We have to throw and catch. We missed open guys and then we dropped some passes. We have to protect better. We gave up three sacks but we were also hurried. If people are going to do that, you’re going to have to be able to throw the football effectively, consistently, accurately, move the ball down the field. We did at times, at other times we didn’t.”

All-Pro guard Carl Nicks has been dealing with the MRSA issue for some time and will undoubtedly improve the offensive line once he returns. But his status is still up in the air, as well as the uncertainty of Gabe Carimi starting in his place again.

“Carl is closer. Still don't know if he is going to play this week or not,” Schiano said “That's something that'll be determined later in the week. And I don't know if Gabe Carimi will be the left guard or not either. We'll sort through all that stuff if Carl doesn't play.”

The Bucs already face many question marks after just one week of the regular season. Many stated that the first-team did not get many reps during the preseason and that may have been visible Sunday. Is that a reason for the team's communication problems and to have played the way they did in New York? If it is, Schiano is not concerned with it as he emphatically responded to the question of regret with a simple one-liner.

“No. I don’t regret it.”

-Mark Cook contributed to this report
Last modified on Monday, 09 September 2013 16:06
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    I cannot believe his comments. What an unsincere bastard. We pay for tickets, he puts an unprepared team on the field, and then chastises everyone else. I used to be a Schiano fan. Hard to be one now. Sadly, I am not sure it is his fault only. The offensive coaching staff appears to have no clue. I am no great fan of Freeman, but I agree with ArizonaJoe, I think he and Dominik need to band together. After Schiano, better things will come to both of them.
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    I sure wish Mark Dominik and Josh Freeman could distance themselves from Schiano. Josh, you just need to perform within the system. Don't let the micromanaging consume you. Mark, I think Freeman is the Bucs QB of the future. I wish you could get rid of Schiano without sinking your own boat. If the three of you go down together, it's a Bucs loss. I think both Dominik and Freeman will have success other places. Wish we could keep you both.
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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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    Buctebow you are right! Schino needs to take the reigns off free and sully and focus on the d. Make it happen Dominick
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    Dom fire this jackwagon today before you go down with the ship.Let butch or wanstadt take overfor season and then go after cower.
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    Last year, we fans were concerned about Freeman's ability to change a play at the line if he saw a defense he didn't like. During last year, I called in when Schiano was on his radio show & asked that very question. His answer was that Freeman had the ability to change the call. It sounded insincere then; and after the boondoggle of the communication breakdown at Sunday's game, it's very obvious Freeman doesn't dare call his own play for fear of the wrath of his micro-managing coach..."I prefer to get the call in another way"! No wonder Freeman looks like a deer in the headlights all the time.
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    I agree Freeman is walking on eggs with Schiano and Schiano doesn't realize that he himself is the cause of the problem. It is just too scripted and micromanaged, so that Josh is thinking is too much and can't just react instinctively to what he sees. Instinctive reaction is what I had hoped would finally happen this year in Josh's second year in the same system. If they just let Josh play his game, like earlier in his career we would be much better off.
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    @ buctebow: Love your posts...hilarious...although it's hard to laugh after Sunday's debacle. You should have your own Monday press conference!
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    @warren Thanks, humor comes from pain. I just hope we find a miracle and win Sunday. Go Bucs!
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    Josh is, and always will be a 50- 50 passer, lose more starts then he wins, be prone to untimely turnovers. That's who he was in college, that's who he was under Olsen, Morris, that's who he is under Schiano, that's what he'll always be. We have four years of history to go by. Those who don't learn from history, are doomed to repeat it.
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    Enough! Just win the game.
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    Macabee: As always your point is dead on! That's been Freeman's problem since Schiano took over and removed Josh's swagger and moxie from the game plan. In 2009 and 2010 Josh just played and the results showed. In 2011 Josh tried to do too much to make up for the team's shortcomings. In 2012 Josh was reeled in and now is afraid to just play by his instincts. Even in this article Schiano notes that he prefers getting the play in by other means than Josh making the call. Come on Greg, loosen the reins a little and let Josh be who he was before you got here and took his spirit so he could be a "Buccaneer Man."
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    Schiano is not Ronald Reagan. The one thing I admired most about Don Schula when he was coaching is that he tailored his game planning and systems to fit his player personnel and not the other way around. Schiano, conform to your talant to use them effectively!
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    How can an NFL QB not be able to run a play because his head set is out.A six year old can do this!!!What do you think Parcells would of said,could you imagine if that was Chris Sims with Gruden , Come On Josh is Getting off Lightly!!! The Media Babies Josh and GMC, Get OFF OF IT !! You are enabling both of THEM, worse than DOM. Please someone tell me the Cap Numbers for these two lil whining kittie cats.Both of these guys should be taking over games, but neither has the Guts of a Vincent Jackson to do so. Then Josh does it ( looks to the sideline like a pathetic lil baby) again and again after he has been told to run the dam offense, could you even imagine being his head coach? He should have been benched immediately to send a dam message to this team, this is 100 percent unacceptable at the NFL level, I will assure you he has done it in practice but unless he is in the flow of the game it is like a child at QB, now if he can get it going ,hes a totally different QB ......... The coaching staff clearly tries to force there coaching style on the players not coaching to the players talents. Schiano sat and watched Sully not adjust several times last year and I am not sure that Sully or Schiano have the ability to adjust their style pre game, let alone during the game. As I said before D Martin was run in the ground last year, he missed numerous big gainers on Sun , He stunk, I assure you there were at times holes he missed and holes he let close, He Stunk. B rian L would have had 90 yrds with the same carries, not saying hes better, just saying Doug needs work and some time to get acceptent to taking crushing hits again. He took more hard hits last year than Ray Rice took in his first three years.BTW how in the Hell can you go into the season with out a better plan @ TE when we know it is the mother of all comfort zones , if one were to exist for Josh. When he gets that Deer in the head lights look he looks for the TE beacause its a closer route he checks too unless he breaks the pocket he has problems checking to the third receiver , this isn't a secret and is common with most QB's. OH Ya Schiano,Sully and Dom can't adjust, reminds me of when Gruden kept trying to run all of his 4 yrd crossing routes with Chris Sims.Chris was by far at his best and pretty dam good beyond 8 yrds.So any of you all mentioning Gruden are nuts, he was worse on Sims by a long shot than this staff is on Free.Neither staff will or would adjust to the strengths of their QB. Heck Gruden was a dinker ,dunker and screener but never could figure out Alstott caught 60 balls the year before he got here and was far more effective at that than short yardage. He Had better hands than any other back under Gruden but ole Jon never realized or utilized but at least the Bucs were winning.
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    Schiano needs to take responsibility for his teams lack of preparation for this game! I think he suffers from excessive hubris. This team was very difficult to watch. I mean at one time one of the announcers mentioned that this could possibly be the worst start of a season for an NFL team in the history of the league! Just horrible. While the loss was not Freeman's alone, he looked lost and unprepared. With this being his fifth year at QB, he should be a little more prepared than he looked. Call your own play if in doubt???!!! Why is there not an NFL caliber TE on this football team? This is inexcusable! That is on Schiano. I remember watching last years team and commenting on the poor offensive play calling. It is more of the same this year. I am a BUC'S fan for life and I do put my money where my mouth is by actually buying an overpriced ticket and watching this Sh*t. While we have some talent on this team, the coaches are clearly in over their heads! Poor clock management last year... and again during first game of the year. These things are on the head coach. Freeman is a good man, but a very average QB. While I will continue to support($$$) the team, I'm afraid we are looking at a 5-6 win season! I'm just saying...
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    Regret it? Regret it?! Playoffs? Playoffs?!
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    @bucwild02: true "Schiano doesn't throw passes or catch those passes or block or tackle"...however he does decide to play Leonard Johnson, and Luke Stocker, and Tim Wright, he does decide to try and run out more than a quarter of the game, he does decide that Ogletree is our #3 WR, he does cut Selvie, he does decide to override Sullivan's calls (frequently), he does forget to remind his team of the priorities on the last drive, in other words he does still need to coach.....the passing and catching and blocking and tackling don't just happen...even in the NFL...coaches make a big difference. Certainly Dom has some blame in this too. How much better would we be with Holmgren as GM and Lovie Smith as coach....one can dream.
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    I guess there was 2 ways for Schiano to handle yesterday's performance: 1) realize that we just lost our easiest game of the year (it only gets harder from here), and that the reasons we lost were all correctable/coachable errors like i) 13 penalties for 102 yards, ii) three of those penalties being 15 yarder drive saving penalties for the Jets, iii) continuing to rush up the middle all game long when it clearly wasn't working (i.e., also known as trying to run out the clock way too early - something we saw too frequently last year), iv) not reminding your defense that the only way they beat us on the last drive is to get the clock stopped with the ball inside our 35 - and the only way they do that is if we give them big plays over the middle (like we did last year against the Skins and Eagles) and/or penalty yards..."no penalties, no big plays, keep them in bounds"... and man-up to those facts, accept the crisis, and start learning as a coach (the same mistakes as last year are inexcusable Coach - we should know how to win with a lead and less than a minute on the clock!...sadly I turned to the Jets fan beside me in MetLife after our FG and said "I don't want to give you hope, but we've been here before and lost...more than once"), or 2) you could handle it by throwing your QB under a bus and deflecting all criticism of your coaching efforts..."well prepared"?...who is he kidding....
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    Fire Schiano? Are you kidding??? I dig his loyalty to his team. I admire his fire. He just has to get the QB out of there. Freeman looked horrible with Raheem as his leader and mentor. Freeman looked horrible with a detail oriented Schiano at the helm. Some guys are winners with no talent and some guys are losers in spite of their talent. Freeman is prone to make mistakes on his own and at the worst times. He should have had COMMAND of the offense and the team, but he doesn't. Anyone who has been in a leadership role knows great leaders get the most out of the guys around them through their example. Schiano may call plays and Schiano may be a micromanager, but Schiano doesn't throw passes or catch those passes or block or tackle.
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    Yes BucWild and Garv, fire Schiano. His scheme does not work with his personnel, or this league. For it to work, he at least needs a serviceable pass catching tight end and slot receiver, which he doesn't have either. What happens? The other team stacks the box to stop the run forcing Freeman to throw. Freeman can only throw to VJax and Willams downfield, as there is no one viable in the middle or short as an outlet for him. The other team puts two safeties over the top and the Bucs are screwed. The coaching, the scheme and the game plan are at fault. Yes Fire Schiano.
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    Hot off the Presses!!!!! Miami owner says there will be NO blackouts of Dolphin games this year. He's stepping up to ensure his fans will be able to see their team. How about it Glazer Boys...you gonna treat your fans right or are you going to allow your product to be taken off the airwaves?? Time to step up if you have any respect for this community!!!!
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    Buy a ticket.
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    Mcpo23 - The Glazer's use to do that long before Miami even thought of the idea. They can only do it for so long and just won't do it anymore. Step up and buy some tickets.
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    I got the same thing out of his conference skanji. Basically, freeman missed open receivers and the receivers dropped balls blah blah blah! It's all on the offense right coach? Why is it so easy to stick up for lavonte but trash freeman? Oh wait, the best line was they were very prepared. What a bunch of crap. I was one of the most positive fans before that game, I was even willing to stay positive during rah s tenure, but the way this guy doesn't accept responsibility, blame shifts, and is unwilling to make in game adjustments makes me sick. What's worse is that we actually have the players to make a run, if he doesn't make some major changes we are going to have to go through rebuilding AGAIN. It's maddening to be a bucs fan (30+ yrs for me). That said, ill be there Sunday but I'm not getting my hopes up this time.
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    There are certain errors that College doesn't get upset about - the penalty on Barron, Goldonson and David were errors of commission - not errors of ommission.
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    EMBARRASSING ! This is one of the worst losses in Buc history. I can understand when the team did not have the physical talent, but there is no excuse for this loss
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    Reminiscent of the teams Raheem produced circa 2011.
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    LOL A message board poster who calls herself buctebow suggest firing the head coach after one game. BRILLIANT! SIX DAYS, NO EXCUSES! This has got to get better and fast. At least one win between the Saints and the Patriots is no necessary, thanks to the inexcusable loss yesterday. No more talk, ON THE FIELD. The Bucs do NOT want to lose the home field fans this early in the season.
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    College has more than one game under his belt.....
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    On second thought coach, were you at the same game I watched on TV ?
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    " The beginning of the game was excellent"? Schiano, you are the Buc's coach , not the Jet's coach!
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    Anyone listen to his show on WDAE - first caller laid into him. Then later callers told him how to scheme. I was LMAO - but College kept his cool. Noticed Dumbog on WDAE is now slamming the head coach like he does Joe Maddon of the Rays. Guess Duimig is on another mission to get our HC fired like he did Gruden.
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    Freeman is not a scripted QB and he’s being forced to follow a script. This was obvious when he had the headset problem. He is so controlled that he would rather take a penalty than to break ranks and take matters into his own hands. He stays with the script too long and struggles to try to make it happen as originally scripted. He needs more latitude to call his own plays and decide how best to execute them rather than following a fixed set of steps designed before the snap. In other words, like Rothelisberger he plays sandlot football very well. Freeman plays better when he is given his head and plays his natural style. And that is where the problem lies, Schiano is a strict disciplinarian on the style of play he expects each player to conform to. And it’s not just Freeman, Gerald McCoy cannot just rush the QB when he has him in his sights, he must roll out in a stunt as the play is scripted and by the time he gets there the ball is 20yds downfield. Each player has a designated spot to be in and specific steps to follow. What this micro-managing college style doesn't take into account is that pro football is faster and more dynamic - things can change and players need to be able to make independent on-field adjustments. That why coaches that win Super Bowls want smart players - not robots!
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    Well said Macabee. This is a point, I wish PR and others would explore further. Now that we are peeling back the layers of the opinion here, the essence of our problems maybe that there is too much control and micro-management in areas where it is not needed or wise to do so.
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    Macabee, I have to call you out on something. Saying that the style of defense isn't good because GMC has to be in a specific spot and the scheme is too detailed to work in the NFL. The cover 2 that we won a SB with is predicated on each player being in a certain spot, hence the zone we ran quite a bit. Pretty much every Defense & Offense you have to be in a certain spot at a certain time. There are certain calls that call for straight rush, stunts, pinch inside, or rush the outside. We call all of them and pretty much every other team does too. Yes, there are teams that call straight more than others but those are usually the teams with great D Lines. Bottom line is there were just too many mistakes made by the players & coaches Sunday. To use a page out of Dungy's book, the need to execute better.
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    I still don't hear Schiano taking the blame and saying it was his fault.
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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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    And furthermore, didn't he see it during the game?! Some draws, screens, and more than one roll-out on the opening posession might have helped.
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    I don't see where the coach put all the blame on Freeman in his answer. I also don't see how people can actually think an NFL coach, that has been documented by photograph and video while coaching such situational football scenarios, didn't do all he could to coach his QB to manage a game in that very scenario. This Freeman Fandom is a bit silly at times. I like the guy too, but we have all seen other QBs in the NFL, rookies included, call their own plays when things break down.
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    Dang that Freeman, if it weren't for him we would be Super Bowl champions, as Schiano coached perfectly. Cripes, I don't think he could even win at Madden.
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    So you had a communication problem, you fixed it and yet it is still broken, so you are not very good at fixing things and now you need to fix it again. Along the same lines, you have to fix the penalty problem and you have to fix the blocking problem and the pass protection problem...can we expect on those three things that you had a problem with them earlier as well and you fixed them, but then found out yesterday that they are still broken and you will fix them again, but we can we also expect that they may or may not be fixed when you fix them? If you were a fixer for the mob, you would be swimming with the fishes.
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    @buctow: Love your posts...hilarious...although it's hard to laugh after Sunday's debacle. You should have your own Monday press conference!
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    Way to take responsibility coach. How about owning up to screaming over Sullivan while he's trying to get the play in? No wonder josh looks lost his over bearing head coach is screaming one thing while his meek offensive coordinator is telling him another. Here's an idea coach, let the offense be and get out of the way! I can't believe how negative I feel about this season after one game. Dom it's time to step in and tell schiano to let the coordinators coach and call plays, at least on offense since defense is supposed to be his thing, or your going to be fired along with him. Conservative will not work in the nfl anymore. Step up Dominick! Manage this coach
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    buc1932 exactly, except, Schiano should just be fired now.
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    All Freeman's fault. Got it coach. Thanks. The general preparedness, coaching game plan, in game adjustments (lack thereof), and preseason strategy had nothing to do with it right? Good. Just making sure I had my story straight. Thanks again coach. All hail Schiano.
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