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September 30, 2013 @ 10:43 am
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Schiano's Lack Of Adjustments To Blame For Bucs' 0-4 Start

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Scott Reynolds

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The quarterback isn't the problem for the 0-4 Buccaneers. The failure to make the necessary adjustments by Greg Schiano and his staff is costing Tampa Bay wins despite the team suggesting that demoted quarterback Josh Freeman was to blame.
Well, it wasn’t Josh Freeman’s fault, was it?

With another anemic offensive performance, Tampa Bay blew a 10-0 halftime lead to lose 13-10 to a very bad, injury-ravaged Arizona team on Sunday. The Bucs are now 0-4 and their season is officially over in terms of making the playoffs.

To get to 9-7 and post a winning record the Bucs have to go 9-3 down the stretch. That seems impossible.

Just to get back to last year’s 7-9 record, Tampa Bay would have to finish the season with a 7-5 mark, which seems very improbable at this point.

So this is a Bucs life, huh?

The Cardinals came into the game with a 1-2 record, without three starting linebackers, a starting safety and the team’s starting nose tackle. Arizona lost star defensive tackle Darnell Dockett in the third quarter to a groin injury.

With six of Arizona’s 11 starting defenders on the bench, the Buccaneers offense generated only 111 yards and zero points in the second half.

Tampa Bay’s players played hard, but this loss isn’t on rookie quarterback Mike Glennon, who had two critical interceptions in Bucs territory in the fourth quarter, nor is it on running back Doug Martin, who averaged 1.7 yards per rush on 27 carries and fumbled at the 50-yard line.

Glennon looked like a good, competent rookie quarterback for three quarters in his first NFL start. He looked confident. He went through his progressions well – actually much quicker than Freeman has recently. And Glennon showed nice touch and velocity on his passes.

But Sunday’s loss – like the three others this season – isn’t because of the quarterback. Freeman had nothing to do with this. This loss was due to coaching.

Head coach Greg Schiano, and his staff of one thousand assistant coaches, struggle to make the necessary, in-game adjustments, especially on offense, to put their players in position to win games.

After loss after loss after loss, Schiano keeps saying, “We’re close, we’re close” in his press conferences, but that’s because the Buccaneers have a plethora of top-notch, Pro Bowl-caliber players on their roster with enough talent to make games competitive before blowing it at the end with questionable decisions by the coaches. The Bucs games are close because of the players and their ability – not because of the coaching.

With Martin, Vincent Jackson, Mike Williams, Carl Nicks, Davin Joseph, Gerald McCoy, Adrian Clayborn, Lavonte David, Mason Foster, Mark Barron, Dashon Goldson, Darrelle Revis and others, Tampa Bay has the talent to be much better than its 0-4 record indicates.

The talent level is spread so well around the league that’s why Cleveland can be tied atop the AFC North at 2-2 even after trading its most talented player in Trent Richardson. That’s why a 0-4 team like the Buccaneers has lost three games by a combined six points. That’s why a team like Kansas City can have six Pro Bowlers on a 2-14 team under Romeo Crennel in 2012 and be 4-0 under a far superior head coach in Andy Reid in 2013 with basically the same personnel.

In press conference after press conference, Schiano keeps saying, “We’ll fix it” and “We’ll get it fixed” – but it never happens.

When was the last time Schiano and the Bucs coaching staff truly outcoached the opposition? Well, Tampa Bay is now 1-9 in their last 10 games.

Maybe it was in that win against Atlanta to end the season when the Bucs’ depleted secondary finally started playing more Cover 2 and less of the risky man coverage the Bucs played with regularity in 2012.

If it was coaching that led to Tampa Bay’s season-ending upset in Atlanta that’s all well and good, but winning one out of every 10 games is a 10 percent winning ratio, and that doesn’t cut it at any level – especially the NFL.

At some point, the coaching staff has to identify or create mismatches on offense or defense and exploit those matchups to win games. At some point, you have to outcoach the other team when the talent is even or close.

Former Bucs coach Jon Gruden exposed run-stuffer Barry Gardner in the 2002 NFC Championship Game, forcing him to cover slot receiver Joe Jurevicius, who burned the Eagles linebacker for a 71-yard gain down to the Philadelphia 5-yard line to set up a first half touchdown for the Buccaneers and key the team’s win. Gruden outcoached Reid that day and helped Tampa Bay win its first and only Super Bowl 11 years ago.

Did Reid outcoach Schiano and the Bucs last year in Philadelphia’s 23-21 come-from-behind win when Tampa Bay blew a 21-10 lead in the fourth quarter? You bet.

There have been seven fourth-quarter leads blown by Schiano, who is now 7-13 in Tampa Bay, and the Bucs since his arrival last year, including three this season in losses to New York, New Orleans and most recently Arizona.

If you didn’t think that the Bucs were going to somehow blow a 10-0 lead at halftime in the fourth quarter you need to take your pewter-colored glasses off and have your eyes checked.

Entering the fourth quarter, you knew the Bucs were going to keep running Martin up the middle without much success.

As a result you knew that Glennon was going to have to be put in position to keep throwing the ball to pick up first downs in the fourth quarter and he was bound to throw an interception, as most rookies do in their first start.

You knew that Glennon was relying on Vincent Jackson too much, targeting him 11 times on Sunday, but only connecting with him twice for 27 yards.

You knew it, and Arizona knew it.

So it came as no surprise when cornerback Patrick Peterson, who was covering Jackson, stepped in front of him twice in the fourth quarter to key Arizona’s comeback and set up a touchdown, and to prevent the Bucs from winning the game on the final series.

Where were the adjustments?

Tampa Bay’s longest run of the day was a fake punt rush by Goldson, a 22-yarder.

Take away Martin’s 12-yard run in the first quarter and he ran for 33 yards on 26 predictable rushes up the middle, an average of 0.79 yards per carry. The Cardinals game plan was simple – stop Martin at all costs with eight in the box and make the rookie quarterback beat them. It worked.

Yet the Bucs kept running Martin between the tackles to no avail.

The knock on Schiano at Rutgers was his in-game management, and he and his Tampa Bay staff, especially offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan, continue to struggle.

Where were the adjustments?

Speedster Jeff Demps had a 14-yard run on an end around in the first quarter, but the Bucs never went back to that play – even though it worked.

There were times when Martin was smashed and tackled by two or three Cardinals defenders and looked completely gassed at times. Yet Demps didn’t get another carry, nor did Brian Leonard or Mike James to help Martin rest and not be so fatigued in the fourth quarter, which is when he fumbled. Why?

The Philadelphia Eagles and every other Bucs opponent this year will be selling out with eight defenders in the box to stop Martin, who Schiano will likely run into the ground before the season is over. If you think the Bucs offense is bad now, wait until Martin gets hurt. You haven’t seen a bad offense yet.

Where were the adjustments?

Due to ultra-conservative play-calling designed to have Glennon complete a higher percentage of passes and prove that Freeman’s inaccuracy was the problem, the Bucs’ longest pass play was a 20-yard catch-and-run by fullback Erik Lorig. Freeman was watching from his suite and probably wondering where those higher percentage shallow crossing routes to Kevin Ogletree and Mike Williams were, and the flare passes to Leonard on third down were in the first three games of the year.

Where were the adjustments?

Where were the shots downfield to Jackson and Williams to take advantage of the Cardinals bringing safety Yeremiah Bell in the box to stop the run? Bell finished with seven tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack.

There is a strategy in playing to win. Playing not to lose is not a strategy, and you sensed that Schiano was thinking at halftime “Let’s not lose this game now that we have a 10-0 lead” instead of “Let’s go out, score more points and win this game.” The play-calling got more predictable and more conservative in the second half outside of Goldson’s fake punt run on fourth-and-inches in the fourth quarter, which was the right call.

Take away Goldson’s 22-yard scamper and the Bucs offense generated just 89 yards over the final two quarters on Sunday.

Suddenly, since the Week 2 defeat to New Orleans, Schiano is now publicly accepting the blame for his team’s losses and his offense’s ineptitude. (I wonder where that came from?)

But privately he is leading the charge to make Freeman out to be the villain. Suddenly there is a rash of “Bucs sources” telling nearly every member of the national media on NFL pre-game shows that Freeman misses team photos, misses his bedtime, misses meetings, misses breakfast, lunch and dinner and misses his mommy and daddy in Kansas City – all in an effort to divert blame away from Schiano.

Those “Bucs sources” are trying to pin all of the team’s problems on Freeman, but Sunday’s loss, which wasn’t much different than the loss to the Jets and Saints exposed Schiano. Freeman wasn’t on the field on Sunday. He was up in a suite per Schiano’s insistance, and the decision wasn’t mutual as the head coach suggested after the game.

Freeman wanted to be down on the field with his teammates. Take away his ability to throw the ball and play quarterback for a second. Like him or not, Freeman is a great teammate, who did oversleep and miss a team photo, which did show poor judgment and leadership on his part. He’s also been late to meetings before.

Team captain Davin Joseph admitted he’s been late to meetings too before. I’ve been late to work before, and likely so have you.

Does that make Freeman a cancer or a team pariah, which some “Bucs sources” are trying to suggest he is? Absolutely not.

By all accounts, Freeman has been a great teammate because he always accepts responsibility for his poor play and doesn’t blame others – on or off the record. Have you ever heard, seen or read Freeman complaining about dropped passes, missed blocks, bad play-calling or bad coaching?

No, I haven’t either. That’s why the players like Freeman, root for him and want him to succeed despite his shortcomings as a quarterback and a leader. The kid doesn’t really have much of an ego, either.

Freeman didn’t lose the team as “Bucs sources” were whispering to the national media members so they could report that and continue to make Freeman seem like he’s the problem in Tampa Bay when he’s not. Schiano has lost the team due to the way he’s handled the likeable Freeman this year.

Ask yourself this question. Why are national reporters like Ian Rappaport, Mike Silver, Mike Garafalo and Jay Glazer getting all of this anti-Freeman spin from One Buccaneer Place when they aren’t in Tampa and don’t cover the team on a regular basis. Yet the local reporters and sports radio talk show hosts, who are at One Buccaneer Place daily, are not falling for the spin and are recognizing the coaching staff’s shortcomings are really to blame for the 1-9 mark in the last 10 games?

The iron-fisted Schiano has done a good job of locking down the players from openly talking to the media. His first rule when he stepped foot in One Buccaneer Place was to tell the players they could no longer call, talk to or text media members with their cell phones. He was telling grown men and professional athletes that they could only talk to the media with a member of the Bucs public relations staff present.

When the players are in the open locker room the public relations staff is in full force and has been directed to hover around and overhear nearly every conversation and interview, so very few off-the-record encounters between players and the media happen inside the locker room anymore.

The reason why the players have been very tight-lipped to the media through the whole 0-4 ordeal is because of good team leadership by Joseph, McCoy, Jackson and others, who are following orders, and because of  the fear of Schiano’s wrath.

Since his arrival in Tampa Bay last year, Schiano has already cut a top-notch safety in Tanard Jackson, traded away the team’s top tight end in Kellen Winslow, cut a second-round pick in Brian Price, traded away the team’s top cover cornerback in Aqib Talib and benched the team’s starting quarterback, who was in a contract year. Some of those players deserved to go, but you get the point. The players feel like no one is untouchable in Tampa Bay under Schiano.

The fact is that Freeman was 1-8 in his last nine games as Tampa Bay’s quarterback. Even though the organization will be using “Bucs sources” as a way to deflect heat off Schiano, the head coach is now 1-9 in his last 10 games. “Bucs sources” will continue the spin to the national media by saying Freeman is a distraction, and that’s part of the reason why Tampa Bay lost to Arizona.

Low-key, how-hum, even-keeled Freeman is a distraction? You’ve seen his press conferences the last five years. Have you ever seen Freeman do anything but talk in a monotone voice? Have you ever seen the 25-year old kid get animated – good or bad – about anything?

If Freeman is really a distraction then the Bucs should just cut him this week or try to trade him. The problem is that Schiano and “Bucs sources” have buried the guy publicly and painted him as a partier, who can’t make meetings or even the team picture. Schiano and “Bucs sources” have stupidly slit their own throats and driven down his trade value by vilifying Freeman. Which team would want to give up anything higher than a fifth-rounder for such a supposedly irresponsible quarterback?

Coming off a 7-9 season, Schiano should have manned up, admitted that Freeman wasn’t his guy, traded Freeman, and gotten his own guy in the offseason. Coming off a 4,000-yard, 27-touchdown season, trading Freeman to Kansas City or another quarterback-needy team might have netted some premium picks, such as a second- and a third-rounder. After all, the Chiefs surrendered a second-rounder for Alex Smith, who was not Jim Harbaugh’s guy in San Francisco.

Once again Schiano was too late in making any necessary adjustments. Here we are in the fourth week of what was supposed to be a promising playoff-bound season and Tampa Bay is 0-4.

Here are some facts to digest.

• The Bucs haven’t won a football game with any other quarterback than Freeman dating back to 2008. That’s a trend that may not change for a while as long as Sullivan is calling plays and Schiano is in charge.

• The Buccaneers haven’t scored more than 23 points in a game since coming back to beat Carolina in overtime, 27-21, in Week 11 of last year. The Bucs offense has combined for 34 points in four games, an average of 8.1 points per contest, which is pitiful.

• The paid attendance on Sunday’s game was 44,956, which made Raymond James Stadium look like it was hosting a fourth preseason game. The fans aren’t buying the Bucs anymore – literally and figuratively. That won’t change until some real adjustments are made from the Glazers to Tampa Bay's coaching staff.

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    Whatever Bill Cowher wants to come out of retirement....PAY IT
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    Great article Scott. If private medical information protected by HIPAA was leaked by someone for Schiano, that can be prosecuted as a criminal offense. If the person who leaked it flips on Schiano to save their skin from jail, you may see Schiano in handcuffs being led away from One Buc Place. The NFL is already investigating the leak. The Glazers need to quickly make Schiano walk the plank for his terrible production, and then if he gets arrested in New York for a HIPAA violation it is not such a black eye on the Bucs.
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    Excellent article ...I'm so glad you pointed out the higher % routes given to Glennon. Even if it was just to build up his confidence it was frustrating to not see the same applied under Freeman. If we learned one thing about Freeman is he is streaky ...let him get some easy completions under his belt and then his accuracy all of a sudden improves and his processing gets better. Let's face it Schiano hung this kid out to dry and hurt the team all in name of his own ego.
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    Why is it that nobody from the press ever puts all these questions to the owners and ask them what are they going to do. I need to hear from the Glazers before I throw more money for season tickets and sit out in that hot sun and watch the fiasco.
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    Time for Schiano to man up and resign. He is the cancer on this team.
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    I'm glad someone else recognized that suddenly there were crossing patterns for easy reads and throws for Glennon to have a higher completion % ( but for under 5 yards per reception). Was it to reflect an unfair comparison to Josh Freeman? In Schiano's world of mind games, yes. There are a lot of ways to win in this league. Superior coaching is certainly one of them. What's that saying? " I can beat you with my guys or I can beat you with your guys." Having an elite QB is certainly one of them. They can put the rest of the weaker roster on their shoulders. You can win with superior talent. But you can't win with a poor coach, mediocre QB and slightly above average talent. Sadly, Schiano is responsible for his own short-comings, the decline of our "franchise QB" and a talented roster that must be questioning the direction of this team.
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    Great points scubog! I think Schiano's issues are not knowledge, it's personality. Pride, micro-managing, stubbornness, ego, those will be his downfall.
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    The only real solution at present is to promote either Wanstadt or Butch Davis. I think Wanstadt is the better choice because he is actually a coordinator right now, and his part of the team is performing very well (special teams). I'll be amazed and very disappointed if Schiano makes it to the Eagles game. I'm mean honestly, what's the point. This guy is such a lame duck he craps buck shot. What's interesting is that I think this (canning Schiano for Wanstadt) is Dominic's only ace left to play to keep his own job. Would be very interesting to see how the wind is blowing behind closed doors.
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    If we don't fix our problems, Sunday will be a loss. Which give us the best chance of scoring in the 20 or 30 point range -Wenstat and Freeman or Schiano and Glennon? If the correct changes aren't made than this Sunday will cause us to lose against Philly.
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    It made me sick to see the victory formation at the end of the game. How an owner could let his team continually show poor sportsmanship and poor ethics are unbelievable. If our players were able to answer a question honestly, I would love for the players to answer on how cheap they feel after being forced to participate. Our problems are the coaches, just as Schiano has stated. Remove the problems please!
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    The Freeman/Schiano drama is just the newest in a long line of tired Tampa drama..For the last decade this team has been in constant flux and has yet to find itself since leaving Qualcomm Stadium... I hope that some day this damn organization can produce another team that can bring some winning back to Tampa- Im not talking about a win here and there,I'm talking turning this franchise into a WINNER.. This coach and OC aren't the right guys for the job- as much as freeman wasn't the right guy for the job..the blame goes to the Glazers and Dom IMO- they are the guys who keep making the choices that keep this franchise among the leagues bottom feeders..
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    @cremdonado - This is a good point and one we should all think hard about. It took Tony Dungy who is headed for the HAF to stabilize this organization originally. Zimmer is the only guy I can think of who has built up a Dungy-type of resume. It's not easy to catch lightning in a bottle twice...speaking of which, thank God the Bolts start playing next week.
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    Scott Reynolds for HC in 2014.
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    Scott, You NAILED IT!!!!! Reports like this is why I Always!! read about my Bucs here First. keep on doing what you doing my Brotha!!
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    You need to keep bringing articles like this Scott. Its our only hope as Bucs fans that Schiano is dispatched sooner rather than later, and the gutless general manager who will not step in to stop the circus that is this team needs to go with him. Watching any networks pregame show yesterday was an insult to the Bucs and their fans... a slap in the face as a matter of fact. Thanks for taking a stand for a Bucs fan in Chicago since 1976 who thinks he may be looking at one of the all time low points of this organization. Do something Glazers!!!!!!! Keep up the good work Scott! Report what you see!
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    pink what about his time in stl the offense regressed the only thing there is that they are still regressing, maybe have the same problem overrated qb there has to be a real coach somewhere
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    Schiano do the right thing and resign ASAP
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    Great article!!! It(the article) encompasses EVERYTHING I feel about this coach and this organization, at present. It's a discgrace to smear Freeman, and insinuate, he's the reason we are what we are right now. I've lost all respect for Shiano. Of course, Im a Buc fan, and will root for the Bucs, but this guy is not gonna be here long, and I'd just as soon get on to the next coach AND GM. I do not see a happy ending or much success under this current regime.
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    Well it certainly looks as if Schiano's time in Tampa is going fast...I still say the main problem is two-fold. 1). The team has no QB, PERIOD! That's the main issue with this team. It trumps coaching, it trumps play-calling, it trumps talent. You cannot win in the NFL without a QB. Unfortunately the Bucs do not have a signal-caller. And I think this is where PR disagrees. They think good coaching creates wins even with a bad QB. Let me say this...Even with GREAT SUPERBOWL Winning QB's (see Big Ben and Eli) you are not guaranteed wins...What makes you think having a terrible QB and great coaching will create them? Hell, the Steelers and Giants have BOTH and are a combined 0-8 as we speak. I will never buy into the notion that bad QB play and great coaching results in long-term success or winning football. Only two recipes have EVER produced long-term winning football in the NFL. Either you have GREAT QB play or you have a great game manager (if he's limited with talent) and you have GREAT play on both sides of the ball, primarily led by a killer defense (See Tampa 02 and Ravens 00). The problem with the latter has do to with the NFL's new rules. The days of the 85' Chicago Bears, the 00' Ravens or 02' Bucs defenses are GONE. ABSOLUTELY GONE! And the NFL loves the fact they are gone because SCORING is UP and that's what they want, like it or not. Yes you must have SOME balance, but it ALL starts under center. If you don't have it, it's over. 2). Finally, the TE. If you have terrible QB's play, or in the Bucs case, an inexperienced one, you need a pass catching TE. The Bucs DO NOT have one. I blame the GM for that, then the coach for not doing enough persuasion to convince the GM the team needed one just in case the starting QB struggled and needed to be pulled. Call me the only non-believer in Freeman if you want, but I do not feel I'm the only one that thinks he's merely QB2 in the NFL. I think Schiano has felt that way from day 1 (my opinion) and failed to take the steps necessary to aide a rookie QB with the necessary weapons. Having a #1 and #2 WR are not enough in today's game. The TE position would be HUGE for Glennon and IMO the Bucs win on Sunday if they had one. See Jordan Cameron for Brian Hoyer. Ask him if a good pass catching TE helps him move the chains.
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    It doesn't sound like Schiano meets to the criteria of being a "Buccaneer Man" - release him.
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    I re-watched the game and I don't remember seeing 8 in the box that much. I could be mistaken of course, and I deleted the tape so I can't re-watch it, but I'm pretty sure they didn't stack it that often. This makes me believe this article was written after very little film review, which is disappointing. Our blockers and/or scheme is just not good enough right now to run the style of offense we want to run. Yet even though our run game wasn't that great, there were still opportunities for play action where the Arizona linebackers were selling out against the run. Yet we ran it those times instead of using PA. Sullivan just doesn't have a good beat on what the defense is going to do. Or maybe he calls plays he wouldn't normally based on input from Shiano. The only way to turn this offense around is for the Offensive line to start dominating and for Sullivan to get some play makers involved. Mike Williams and Jackson are not getting it done after the catch, and Ogletree is a joke. He could have easily had a first down had he kept running on a crossing route on third down, but instead he tries to stop and stiff arm the defender. We need a guy that can catch 2 yard pass and turn it into 20+ yards. And would you look at that, we have that guy on the roster (Demps). If I were the coaches, my number one priority would be to get Demps up to speed and ready for a *censored* ton more action. Page is another guy that also needs to become more involved in the offense. These guys need to be in for a majority of snaps in 3/4 WR sets. Defenses will not be able to key onto the run as much when they have to take these speedsters into account.
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    It took us 3 weeks to get Demps "up to speed" for Sunday in which he only returned kickoffs. It may take two more months for us to actually design a play for him with this bunch. But I completely agree that would help and is something most competant coaches would do.
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    and then that play would be to have him sprint the length of the field, turn around and have to "out jump" some safety for the ball....which would unfortunately be tucked under Glennon on the ground in our backfield....but I also agree more Demps couldn't hurt....
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    FIRE THE HC RIGHT NOW, GoGlazers, GoBucs!
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    I was taught "if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all." So, Coach...
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    Two words: LOVEY SMITH
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    This is as unprofessional an article as I have ever seen on pewterreport and makes me question if the emotions of the day have gotten to the staff. Can we not have one big article on all of the rumors about Freeman drug use issues that all of us locals know about? You do realize that if the QB on a team is into drugs it is a really big problem. Freeman sucked before Schiano and he will suck after Schiano. I do not think Schiano is the answer has a head coach but I know Freeman isn't the answer as a QB. Stop your incessant bashing because it's making you look like an amateur. And if you say it's 'rumors' guess what, all I'm reading about Schiano are your impressions and rumors. I don't see hard facts anywhere. Our media is the biggest bunch of babies I have EVER seen. What coach in their right mind would want to deal with this group of hacks, Big Dog, JoeBucsfan, etc.... Infuriating.
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    BTW - Great Article, SR. Glad to see you have the stones to express your displeasure with whats going on underneath Schiano and Sullivan's tent.
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    Amen brother! Schiano is a joke in the NFL. This team under Schiano is an embarassment to all the Tampa Bay area. If the Glazers don't do something soon to get rid of Schiano they are going to lose all the fans. Even the most diehard.
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    Excellent article SR! Dom it's not too late - fire schiano hire lovie, butch, wannstedt reinsert freeman and move forward. This season is just a waste if schiano is still the coach
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    dom must go to , a real coach will want his own guy. cowher would want his own guy, the bungle assitants no, mcdaniels no. I think you wait to see whats out there, we need a real coach, the best guys available are all on tv
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    @stone1 - Wait, I think you're on to something there with McDaniels if we're talking about the same guy. You say no, but I actually like the idea of Josh McDaniels being our HC. He has HC experience, he's smart (he saw that Cutler sucks, which he does and traded him away) and he's got balls. Granted he whiffed on Tebow, but the other guys he drafted like D. Thomas, E. Decker and K. Moreno are doing just fine.
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    Scott Reynolds being on a mission, to make everyone see whats up here in Tampa with "banana" coach. Applaud to this man for another excellent Goldson-like hit.. on the nail - right on target. For quite a time there were voices saying HC-GM-QB combo doesn´t get it done (based on performance). Right now, it is clear: HC has to go as soon as possible. Important question, that was already mentioned: What to do with GM? lots of draft bust, 2 great ones the last 2 seaso(although maybe because of shianos´stuff; got to give credit where it´s due). And Dom the Don wanted to get ChipKelly, which would have been straigth awesome... GoGlazers, make a move, GoBucs!!
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    I called him Ray Perkins II when he was hired, he has done nothing to change my mind. Perkins at least was a winner at the college level, take away Schiano's wins against DII opponents and he wasn't even .500 against DI teams. Perkins was unhappy with Vinny and traded a 1st rounder to get Chris Chandler, because you know he was the man to make Perkins a winner. Morris was a much better coach, the front office gave him nearly nothing in terms of talent and he did what he could with it. Schiano has a team loaded with talent and it's wasting away. Schiano, do us all a favor and take a long walk off a short pier. Tough guy.
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    Bye week couldnt come any sooner... or start of the NBA season for that matter. Schiano has officially dropped us back to the days of the Yucs.
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    Great article Scott. The only thing I would question is the assertion that Schiano pulled the trigger on all the player moves (or mis-moves). He likely instigated all or most of them, but isn't it reasonable to assume that Dom agreed or at least acquiesced on ALL of them...along with Dom (as many of us have said) not getting the Bucs at least a serviceable TE, 3rd WR, DE, AND letting Aquib, Bennett & Selvie go ( to name a few), AND obtaining terrible backups in FA & draft over several years.
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    Amen brother! Lane Kiffin, meet Greg Schiano... Good luck in your future endeavors.
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    @moose40 - You slide the protection to the left. Or you have the entire O-line and the QB run to the right and throw a pass, like they did once late in the game. Or you run that inside TE screen we saw so much this preseason. These are all in-game adjustments Schiano could have made. If only there was a digital football simulator these guys could use to pratice making in-game adjustments. It could have a wireless joystick interface and integrate with any standard HD television set. Wishful thinking I suppose...
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    Thanks pinkstob, I guess I thought I remember Glennon sensing the pocket collapsing from the left side one play early in the game (probably same play and I just thought it was early) and he just moved to the right, so I guess I thought plans were in place to address it. I agree to the extent that Schiano appears very bullheaded, and is trying to deflect his team and staff's issues on Freeman, but I was also shocked to see how poor the oline played and how terrible Martin was on blitz pickup. I think I saw Martin miss at least three blocks he should have had.
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    great read!! I'm gonna keep saying it, Schiano is 0-6 in games decided by 3 points or less, he is constantly out coached, it's time to FIRE SCHIANO!!!!
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    Another outstanding article, keep these coming Scott. Aside from a 5-1 stretch midseason last year where freeman carried us to wins, schiano is 2-12. I hated the hire from the start and it looks even worse now. The defense has turned around and played really well, but bottom line is this d should be top 10 if you look at the caliber of players on it. A 2-14 season is coming, especially in the difficult nfc south and nfc overall. Glennon is not ready to play and the players will turn on schiano once we are like 1-8 or something pathetic like that.
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    So, this is all because of a lack of adjustments? a rookie rb last year rushes for over 1,000 yards behind a makeshift line,(and a qb throws for 4,000),and up until this week, Martin was #2 in yardage in the first three games correct? I'm not talking about the end result because we haven't won this year with or without Freeman, but how does Martin go from the 2nd best yardage gaining rb the first three weeks to someone who can't get back to the line of scrimmage? Every week we hear "the gameplan is to stop Martin and make Freeman beat us", and yet Martin gets yardage (except for this week). Is it only a scheme change/adjustments that is needed? maybe the left side of the o-line needs to wake up and play harder. The blitzes overwhelmed that side (it appeared that way to me anyways), and Martin whiffed on blitz pickup. Honest question, if the d overloads the left side, how do adjustments help? If the left side gets worked like it did, what else can you do to help the line, is it simply beat the d with hot routes?
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    THANK YOU for a truly objective piece. We can say the defense is better, but offense has really regressed.
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    Scott Reynolds great article! If he benched Josh Freeman bc he didnt get it done then I expect him to resign bc surely he knows that he has failed in his job. Lovie is your phone ringing yet??? Fire Schiano!
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    Great article SR! You hit the nail on the head with a thorough assessment and great examples.
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    I keep say it! And will keep saying it! Fire the head coach NOW!
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    PLEASE FIRE SCHIANO TODAY!!!!!!
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    I think you were waiting for Schiano to fail so you can blame him for the poor content of this site because he's wants to limit the "leaks" that occur to the media. Now that we are mired in a losing streak you get to lash out. I'm sure you have collected quite collection of off the record statements and information that you have not shared. Some about Freeman and some about Schiano. Once Schiano is fired Im sure you wont hesitate to throw Schiano under the bus. But you will not release anything you know about Freeman or other players all to protect your relationship with current, former and prospective future players. You still fail to say this team could easily be 3-1 rather than 0-4. Football is a game of inches and split second decisions and actions and its always easy to second guess. The players dont have to like Schiano to play for him. Just like I dont like my boss when he throws unrealistic deadlines on me that I have to meet which means working 16 hour days and weekends. Who cares what the players think. If the schemes are substandard then complain. The defense seems to be playing good. The offense is coached and called by a superbowl winner.
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    @Deacon Blues - We aren't talking about firing Schiano because the players don't like him. We're talking about firing him because he sucks at his job for all the reasons SR gave. The same reason anyone in any line of work should get fired...because they can't do their job well enough.
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    great article I agree 100 % schiano needs to go hes giving us a black eye and the drama is distracting from the real problem 0-4 with the most talented roster since 2003
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    Thank you good read. Goodbye Shiano is were we start. Noone can tell me that a great coach won't want to come here with this roster.
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    I agree our roster is an amazing place to start your Buc career as a head coach...but who is out there that would come? and when? Presumbaly the list will grow in the offseason as others get canned, but would we want any of them....Lovie would be nice but he may hate the Glazers...we may need to wait until the offseason and hope for Zimmer....for instance.
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    Maybe the Bucs should give Revis back to the Jets, so they can have the #1 draft pick.
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    Rayjay looked half-empty yesterday, meaning there's around 10k people that paid for a ticket and didn't attend. It was hot as hell outside, but I don't think that was the reason. The stadium was quiet, but at least the concession lines were small. I'm beginning to think this wasn't the best year to buy season tickets. For the entire 2nd half, I could call the play as soon as I saw them lined up. I'm not any level of expert of football analyst, all of it is just so obvious it hurts. Run up the middle for 2, run up the middle for a loss of 3, 4 yard pass to Ogletree, punt. We have 24 coaches on the staff, more than any other team in the league and a roster to die for, but we can't put any of our players on offense in a position to excel. That's terrible team management.
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    Good article SR! It sums up everything all in one. Well done sir.
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    Here's what's really scary: As Scott mentioned, the Cardinals basically had to play with their 2nd String Defense. And we only scored 10. The OLine is regressing rapidly and we are serving up a rookie QB. That said, I think we match up well against the Eagles. I am confident in our Defense and the Eagles have the worst Defense in the league. We better get a win. If not, I don't see another possible win until the Buffalo game (#27 Defense). In other words, it doesn't get any easier as we create more film to study as the season progresses. Our coaches can't adjust, and Defenses have the blueprint to beat us. I am honestly hoping for 3 wins.
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    The Bucs have a Bye week this week and Footballlocks.com Vegas latest line has the Bye favored by 10 points. lol
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    I love that Schiano put Freeman in detention for the game in the inactive suite. Now Freeman, you have to write "I am a bad quarterback" on the blackboard 1000 times before you leave and dont even think about asking for a bathroom pass, because you suck at passes.
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    Here's the Glazer's dilemma....we all (well mostly) want Schiano and co. gone asap...but who do we replace them with? It could be Lovie Smith - but he may not be answering Glazer phone calls after they fired his good friend Tony - it could be Marty Schottenheimer (I really hope not) - it could be one of the old timers (Holmgren, Parcells - doesn't sound good) - it could be someone on the current staff..after all we have 20+ of them (yuck). I think the most likely choices are currently assitant coaches (Zimmer, Jay Gruden, McDaniels) which means not getting a replacement until after the season....would it be better if someone like Wandstedt agreed to take over as a lame duck on an interim basis?????
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    GLAZERS YOUR STADIUM OCCUPANCY YESTERDAY WAS 44,956 , RAY JAY HOLDS A MAXIMUM OF 65,890. THAT LEAVES YOU WITH 20,934 EMPTY SEATS. DO YOU KNOW WHO THOSE EMPTY SEATS ARE? ITS US FANS ON PEWTER REPORT. THIS IS CALLED "YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW".. FIRE GREG SCHIANO NOW OR FACE LOSING EVEN MORE THEN WHAT YOU ALREADY HAVE..!!! HE'S NOT A BUCCANEER MAN, HE'S A BELOW AVERAGE COLLEGE COACH OR AVERAGE HIGH SCHOOL COACH. PLEASE LISTEN TO YOUR FANS & DONT LET OUR ORGANIZATION GET FLUSHED DOWN THE TOILET.. EMPTY SEATS @ RAY JAY 20,934 & COUNTNING..
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    Boring and predicable. The article and the offensive play calling, turns out, have a lot in common. Let the idiot mob follow the leader with torches.
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    EXCELLENT ARTICLE.
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    Scott Reynolds Great article. You hit the nail on the head. This article is exactly what I have been saying for the past 2 weeks. Couldn't have said it better myself.
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    Great article Scott!! I was a Schiano supporter b/c he brought in discipline to clean up the Raheem mess. BUT, this dictator approach, with grown a$$ men is insane. If he can't or won't change, then he needs to be shown the door. I believe he is to hard headed to change. I am waiting for the breaking news he is being fired. I hope it comes very soon(like yesterday). I hope you, along with all the other reporters, keep the pressure on the Bucs to make a change and right this sinking ship. Scott do you hear any rumblings in the locker room from the players??
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    GLAZERS, FIRE SCHIANO NOW!!!!!!!!! WHY DO WE HAVE TO BEG??!!!
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    The laughingstock of the league is (fill in the blank). There are plenty of 0-4 teams, but there is one that stands out nationally as being a discombobulated mess. I don't know how the Glazers will be able to face the other owners at the annual meeting next year. News Flash, Goodell suspends the Buccaneers from playing the rest of the season and will forfeit them to protect the shield from any further embarrassment.
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    Well said Scott. It is without a doubt the Coach is the main problem. Yes Freeman is inconsistent, but with all the talent surrounded around him it should have helped him. Schiano has to go now. FIRE THE COACH NOW! It will save us much future grief and we can try to spin something better than what we have right now. We are back in the Ray Perkins Era once again. We deserve much better than what we have right now. Schiano doesn't know how to fix this; just look at his Rutgers record.
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    Glad that PR is bringing much needed attention to our coaching issues. This maybe one of the most talented Bucs teams since the Dungy era, yet we continue to find ways to lose games. We should be 3-1 heading into the bye week feeling good about the first quarter of the season. Instead we are left with soap opera at One Buc. Glazers please stop this clown show before it gets even worse. If the last few games of the Raheem Morris era were any indication, yes, it can get worse!
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    I would like to know the % of time the Bucs run on 1st down compared to other teams. I bet its the highest in the league. The offense is too predictable. If they cant get a win or show dramatic improvement after the bye week...then I will lose all hope in the coaching staff. They can still salvage this season and get 6 or 7 wins and not have it be a complete failure. Maybe Im being too optimistic...
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    SR. Nice read. It's about time the media echoed what most fans have been saying for some time now. Thank you!
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    Comparing the coaching change in KC as being the only critical change is ignoring the impact of Alex Smith who would probably be 3-1 with the Bucs. Non" Buc Men" Talib, Winslow, and Blount have been making major contributions for their new teams. A Season of Promise has already blown up! The Chinese say the fish rots from the head first!
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    I live in KC and Alex smith is not the reason the Chiefs are 4-0. Ive watched every Chief game because its usually the only game on here and its def the coach. He coaches to his players strengths. No way Alex Smith would be 3-1 as the Bucs starting QB at least not with Schiano's play calling. Smith cant throw the deep ball. He hasnt completed a pass over 20 yards in the air this year. Thats why Bowe is having a horrible season. All of Smiths long passes have been 10 yd crossing patterns or swing passes to Charles that the players broke them for long plays. Reid knows Smith cant throw deep so he doesnt let him. He sets Smith up to win unlike Schiano. On the other hand if Reid was Tampas coach we would be 3-1 right now. It is the coaching. Did you happen to see the Chiefs old Qb Matt Cassell stats yesterday? He made his first start since the Chiefs got rid of him and he went 16/25 248yd and 2 Td's. He had better stats them Smith did.
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    Amen, Scott! I was lukewarm about the Schiano hire in the beginning. I was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. But it is apparent that he is getting out coached and out schemed every week. Its one thing when Belicheck or Payton does it, but the Cardinals?!? Schiano is starting to make Leeman Bennett look like a legitimate NFL coach. But here is the real question: Do the Glazers keep Dominik?
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    Come on Glazers do something. We need a new coach right now. Fire Schiano today, without delay. If it walks like a duck and it quacks like a duck, then its Schiano's fault that the Bucs suck.
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    But the good news is that the Bucs won't lose this Sunday!
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    If we don't fix our problems, Sunday will be a loss. Which give us the best chance of scoring in the 20 or 30 point range -Wenstat and Freeman or Schiano and Glennon?
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