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October 25, 2013 @ 4:45 pm
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Players' Frustration Over Losses Could Soon Boil Over

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Mark Cook

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With the Bucs on a seven-game slide, the players in the locker room are visibly frustrated. While most of the players are putting their best positives spin on things, and saying all the right things, everyone is miserable with the results thus far, including Gerald McCoy.
When a team, in any professional sport, goes on long losing streak, there is always a fear of the coaching staff losing the locker room. Players begin becoming frustrated, fingers begin getting pointed, and at its’ very worst, distrust among the players and coaches starts creeping into the forefront more and more.



It happened to the Buccaneers in 2011 with former head coach Raheem Morris when the Buccaneers essentially stopped playing hard and finished the year losing 10 in a row. Up until now, all has seemed to be intact inside Tampa Bay’s locker room – albeit on somewhat unsteady ground.


On Thursday NFL.com's Micheal Silver wrote a scathing piece blasting Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano. Silver used unnamed sources, even quoting a player who compared Schiano's style to that of "being in Cuba." Former Bucs defensive end, Michael Bennett, now in Seattle via free agency, was also hard on Schiano and his style according to Silver.



Is the Buccaneers locker room getting ready to implode? It depends on whom you talk to and believe.

Schiano for one doesn't foresee the locker room unraveling.

“Have I lost the locker room? No. Are they listening? Yes. Are we getting everything out of them? Well obviously not, because we are 0-7 right? There are different levels to that question.

“Ultimately we have good guys in that locker room. We have 61 guys in that locker room that I believe in, and I really strongly feel they believe in me. Does belief get tested when you have an 0-7 record? Absolutely. I’m sure it gets tested both ways. When someone misses a play … but at the end of the day I know these guys are busting their guts to do it. Why do we make a mistake? I always look first at myself, that somehow we didn’t communication it clearly enough.

“The people we have in our locker room, and the people we have upstairs in the coaches offices, they are all looking inward to figure out how we can get this thing going in the right direction.”



But after Thursday night’s 31-13 nationally televised loss to the Carolina Panthers, things may be changing inside a once optimistic locker room.

“We lost,” defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said when asked about explaining the loss. “They just beat us. They played better. (We) just took a beating. That’s it.

“We got outplayed. Just being honest man, we got outplayed. They schemed well and executed. I think at the beginning of the game we got a little overzealous and our eyes were all over the place but after that there’s nothing else to it. We just got outplayed.”

As the game progressed, it certainly looked as if the Buccaneers were getting outplayed. The defense gave up big runs by Cam Newton on third downs that extended drives and on his second half touchdown run, players appeared to simply watch Newton walk in for a touchdown.

“I don’t think there is a lack of confidence otherwise we wouldn’t be professionals,” McCoy said. “It’s just tough to keep losing.”

In the first four games of the 2013 season, Bucs’ opponents had a tough time scoring on them. Tampa Bay gave up just over 17 points per game but has given up 31 points in the last three. For whatever the reason, they are not playing at the level similar to that of the first four weeks.

Corner back Darrelle Revis was asked if the players are still believing in the scheme and game plan.

The honest Revis was candid as usual in his response.

“I don’t know … I don’t know,” cornerback Darrelle Revis said. “We (have to) gameplan every week. We (have to) stick to the game plan. We have to abide by the game plan and what we have to do to win. I don’t think guys are literally going out there and trying to do their own thing. In every game there are mistakes up and down the board. The word that we have to focus on is consistency. At this point that’s a hard word for us to try to do, to try to be consistent and we’re not. We’re not being consistent across the board so it’s hurting us.”

On Friday, in open locker room, safety Dashon Goldson was asked if the team still respected Schiano.

“We have high respect for this coach,” Goldson said. “He has taken a lot of scrutiny off the field. He has a job to do and we do as players. We are just trying to do the best we can do to prepare every week to try and win a football game and leave the outside stuff to the outsiders.

“(But no) he hasn’t lost the locker room. I’m sure you would hear it from the players in the locker room. And the mindset, everyone comes in every week to work and stay in and prepare every week to win football games. There has been no complaining, there are no issues. It is a good work environment.”

As the season progresses, things may get worse if changes don’t happen soon. Fans are growing impatient, crying out for some sort of change and billboards are popping up urging the Glazers to fire Schiano. They too are frustrated and voiced their displeasure as the players and coaches headed to the locker room following the team's seventh straight loss.

“I think a lot of the things they said wasn’t cool,” McCoy said about the fans following the game. “I understand being frustrated but you still have to have a little class. The stuff they were saying was just uncalled for.”



On Friday, less than 24 hours after the loss. McCoy again reiterated his point while also defending his head coach from a segment of fans who shouted obscenities at Schiano as he exited the field on Thursday night following the loss.



"A lot of fans got upset with me, and they have to understand what I was saying," McCoy said. "I never said they were wrong for being angry or disappointed. What I said was disrespecting a man, as a person, is wrong. It is a love-hate thing. You love the fact they are so angry because they want to win just as bad as us. You hate the fact you have to put them through that.

"But just keep it to the game. We have lives outside of football.

"When you disrespect a man, as a person, then you are taking it too far. That was my message. If you want to be angry about the game, then be angry, we are angry too. But don't disrespect him as a man. That man has a wife and he has kids at home. Just keep it to football. Don't take it outside of that."

While McCoy was quick to defend Schiano from the personal attacks by some fans, the Pro Bowl defensive tackle didn’t exactly give a ringing endorsement for the scheme and how the coaching staff is using him and the other 10 players on defense at times.

“As long as he is our coach we are going to have respect for him,” McCoy said. “And we are going to play as hard as we can for him. It is as simple as that.”

McCoy was asked if he believes in the gameplan and if the staff is putting the team in the best position to win.

“That’s not my job, I just run the calls I am told to do, whether I agree with it or not,” McCoy said. “For me to not run the calls would not be right. But hey, I don’t get paid to coach or come up with game plans.”

McCoy was asked about the use of multiple stunts that appeared to allow Panthers quarterback Cam Newton to break free on several runs where there was little outside containment.

“I don’t get paid to coach,” McCoy said. “I get paid to play. I’m just going to leave it at that. That is going to be my answer every time. We can run stunts, and if that’s what they call then that’s what I’m going to run.”

On Thursday Sapp was very vocal that the Bucs coaching staff isn’t doing McCoy any favors in how he is being utilized.

“Right now they are wasting Gerald McCoy on the left side not moving him, flipping him from side to side,” Sapp said. “He is the exact player I am if not bigger and better. But if you let him swing side to side and let him find the mismatch and then once it starts upfront, then you have started a fire that runs through the whole defense. And there is not a better back end in the NFL then what we have in Tampa, and we are not taking advantage of it.”

PewterReport.com asked McCoy if he had spoken to Sapp over the last couple days and if Sapp shared his feelings that he expressed on Thursday.

“I talked to him yesterday, I talked to him this morning and I just got off the phone with him, so yes I have,” McCoy said. “Of course he did. Has No. 99 not ever shared his thoughts?”

The level of frustration inside the locker room – and outside – is clearly evident in the tone of the players and the venom of some fans. At 0-7 with no definite end in sight, the frustration will continue to grow until the team can string off several wins or a change in the coaching staff takes place. If neither happens soon, the Buccaneers locker room may erupt and bad may go to worse, if that’s even possible.


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    for those who think firing schiano in-season will end the embarassing losses i think you are mistaken. even if schiano's stubbornness, lording over his coordinators, and overcoaching are taken out of the equation, it's tough for an interim HC to undo all that has been laid down over the course of 6+ months of offseason, training camp, and half a season of games. after a couple days of message board celebration, it'll be time to line up for a game and realize that even if Schiano was the heart of the problem, firing him mid-season won't solve much for the team
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    Not that it really matters but Spence was a fourth rounder that once again had us pigeon holed do to the release of Miller, this was a win now team and to keep Miller on a one year only makes sense. Don't forget we had to sign Landri so the money is almost a wash there just isn't a GM of NFL caliber that releases a vet and banks on a 4th rounder when the vet was part of the #1 ranked run D........... Stupid............. Crabtree isn't a starting caliber TE and at the very least Clark should have been kept and our Vols failure released because anybody could predict he would be injured, but guess what Dom traded up for him and is overvested ,which leads to poor decisions ( now doesn't It).....stupid....on top of all of it, any street walking idiot can see that Josh's comfort check down is the tight end, so shame on the Coach and the GM.Again how can you think you are gonna cover the NFC south with a second round rookie at CB.....STUPID.......AS I said before this was all pointed out back during FA when we more than enough money to address all of this and still be 5 to 10 mil under....... The best part is most all of it could have been addressed with one year contracts because the money just wasn't there for the FA's............ DOM clearly got a lil full of himself........... I thought Bowers would play better and think he will if given the chance but most good nfl d's have a real good rotation of three d ends( Seattle) and Bennett was also avail for a one year so again DOM was a little too full of his drafted player and himself........... potential and draft projections only exist because a player is unproven in the nfl, again unproven!!! DOM had a real good draft in 2012 but has failed to find our star back a star blocker,so sometimes we got to peel back a layer to see it clearly.........I just feel and felt months ago as did several experienced nfl personel peeps that Dom was leaving this team thin and banking that there would be no injuries,everyone would pan out perfectly The bucs were in a position to not be in that position,Not many teams have that Luxury.We won't even get into the third rec. .............. when the new coach comes in there is gonna be some big releases or major contract restructuring which may lead to a three year rebuild,hope not? ............ Davin,Nicks,M Williams,Revis,McCoy,V Jack, Zutah..... It will be Interesting!!
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    BTW Spence has 11 tackles and a sack............ Miller has 12 tackles and I am sure isn't in on 3rd and medium and long downs as he shouldn't be.
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    and the first team in league history to ever forfeit an NFL game is the .........
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    Let me know when the pot boils and I will throw in some crab, lobster and shrimp for a nice gumbo!
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    Thanks Kino. There is one point we agree on and that is it was a mistake to let Bennet go. However, I have a Draft Magazine when Bowers was drafted that was the most flattering a review for a DL I have seen and many experts had him No. 1 the way they talk about Clowny now. We only got him in the 2d round because he was hurt. When DOM knew he was well I am sure he felt as many other experts would have if asked that Bowers would beat out Bennet and Bowers may be mad sitting on the bench. I never expected Bowers to do as badly as he has done but I believe a much better Coach can still turn him around. But you and I don't agree on Miller because Spence, a much cheaper 5th round pick has out played him and got a sack already as a rookie. By his third year Spence will be even that much better than Miller. As to TE last year he did not come on until the latter part of the year and did little to help win the first six games. DOM knew that Sully's Offense puts little faith in using a TE and he thought Crabtree could be just as good and after seeing Crabtree grab a long pass from Glennon in preseason I felt DOM was right; then Crabtree got hurt and has not been the same since. I don't expect a GM to project a player will get hurt and remember all GMs make mistakes on some players in hindsight. Yes Freeman was better in the first of last year in the fourth quarter but that is my point--his contact with Shiano probably drove him to his drinking problem and is still hurting his career. A lot of our players have lost confidence in themselves after being ground down by bad Coaching. Sheridan has no clue how to run a good zone. I can see his thinking in trying it because Schiano ran a zone in beating Atlanta last year and a number of his rookies last year did not have great speed, with the exception of Gorer. But Sheridan could put Revis man to man on the other teams top receiver and have a zone with the rest but he doesn't know how to scheme it. He can use Adams as the second DB to keep up with a second receiver or use Gorer to cover them but he had his slow players in a zone and Philly's second receiver had blazing speed which made us sitting ducks to lose that game and why my projections have been on the money since the first game. But new Coaching can come in here and turn this team around just like KC. But I said it would take an experienced Pro QB -- which is your point about the KC QB. Glennon won't be able to do it but should have been put on the practice squad to develop as a backup and never a starter. As to Williams and our No. 1 Receiver being hurt, you are correct but they were both healthy and didn't win games like that this year before they were hurt but with good Coaching they will be able to play like they did when they won six games. We need to keep DOM and fire Schiano and Sheridan. Then if knew experienced Coaches can't bring this group around then we'll reexamine our GM.
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    Since the Glazers have no football savvy or business experience other than running mobile home parks they need professional help. After the season is over they need to hire consultants’ with NFL background to reorganize their front office and find a new general manager and coach. I don’t’ know who told them to hire Dominick but Belichick is credited with recommending Schiano. They were buddies so Glazers did not get an objective opinion. There are 31 assistant general managers in the league to consider as a new GM and 62 coordinators to look at. I hope they don’t go the college rout again. I am putting my renewal on hold until I see what changes are made.
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    Agreeing with surferdudes and DaddyJax. Rich Bisaccia (would be awesome) signed as recently as January with Auburn, switched to Dallas Cowboys (familarity with Kiffin) and i think he is happy there. GregRoman and Bisi are my top 2 candidates so far. GM will be very intersting..
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    The Bucs need to find the next Shaun Peyton, Jon Gruden. Guy's who paid their dues as coordinators, and are ready to take the next step in their careers. I'd have no problem with a Greg Roman type as head coach. New G.M., Dom has to go, a new coach with NFL creds, and a OFFENSIVE mind, who can develop probably the first, or second quarterback taken in the draft. We need a whole new direction. The Glazers aren't dummies,( or are they?) they'll do what needs to be done. The futures so bright we'll have to where shades!
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    I agree but think that Bisaccia is the man for the job. He knows all of the best coordinators around who has the talent and are innovative. He is loved here and can bring respect back to this organization. Being Special teams he wont be lopsided by offense or defense and would let the coordinators do their job.
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    O.K. Owlywat I will play your I'm in denial Game Mike Williams and V Jackson were healthy,Bennet and Miller were part of a much much better D line , we had a much better TE,Doug M was hitting holes better,better kicker and if there was a strength to Josh F before his troubles it was very good 4th quarter play. 2nd and third CB talent also allowed for more big play capability although as a unit they were awful.The Chiefs not only have a new coach, they have a new QB which is pretty dam important last time I checked.IN my post I clearly stated that this staff isn't the best at getting the most from there players nor coaching to there strengths.BUT several NFL qualified people questioned the Bucs approach to the 3 worst positions on this team TE,DL and CB as did I.Well all we can do is sit back and see how those decisions and paths THAT DOM CHOSE pan out..In Review....Ignore all the FA talent at cb and trade for Revis.......... Revis clearly wasn't quite 100 percent at beginning of season , had to run more zone for first six games , ran more man in the 7th ,Revis played well other corners could't cover grass if they fell down.Also pigeon holed ourselves in the second round of the draft having to pick a corner.Had to pass on S Richardson in the first....... Grade up till now D minus............... Not better addressing TE position, Grade F.............Letting Miller and Bennett walk for avg money, DL has regressed prob from talent and poor coaching but Dom has a say in the coaching ( I think he is the GM)... Grade F DOM and DOM alone gambled and made foolish decisions that have weakened this team,this was pointed out by many before the season , we all hoped otherwise but the facts are it ain't( otherwise) except for in some peoples minds.These were foolish decisions and directions to take and now all the great players on this roster,coupled with DOMS DECISIONS, coaching ,injuries,infection and whatever was going on with Josh will have to suffer through the losing !! NO PASS FOR DOM HERE !!
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    Owlykat, what you wrote in youre last comment is exactly the reason why a coach (even with less or no HC experience; he would have need for some advice maybe, like Butch Davis now, or a Football-President or sth.) but a coach like Greg Roman OC of 49ers would make perfect sense. Players even say, that they love the way he shemes and that his play calling is pretty perfect (very good). And he has done it with a variety of shemes, depanding on the personal he had to work with and he won at both, the college and the pro´s level. He could very well be the reason for Jim Harboughs success. He is a proven winner, a players coach, with the right approach and he has a great - not very good - a great football mind. If he comes abroad and chooses his QB in the next NFL draft, we could have a great future ahead.. Need to pursuade this guy..
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    Gee Owlycat, I actually agree with what you wrote. Morgan writes that we fans are upset because had the totally unrealistic expectation that the team would win a game or two. Morgan, please don't tell me this team has less talent now than the 7-9 team of 2012 when it added two Pro-Bowl players in the secondary and had the two Pro-Bowl guards returning. It's real simple. When Schiano arrived the players, and we fans, were at least willing to give him a chance in 2012. The results were acceptable as we could see that 7-9 could have easily been 10-6 if the secondary could be improved. But a funny thing happened. Schiano had an entire off-season, pre-season, Training Camp and these first seven games to totally screw things up. Maybe he hasn't lost the locker room, maybe they are listening. Paying attention has resulted in 12 out of 13 losses. To think the players aren't questioning his tactics and game plans is what's unrealistic.
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    Kino--I will answer your questions if you first explain how this same team absent two Pro Bowlers we have now added along with this year's draftees managed to win six of the first ten games they played last season if those players are so bad as you analyze them to be. You explain that to me! The answer is this: I don't care what sport you want to talk about you don't win without self confidence. Kansas City was awful last year despite having a lot of all pros on their team. I guess an analyst like Keno would just look at the stats and say their players were no good and couldn't win with any Coach; just as he scoffs at the talent our players possess. But what he overlooks is a bad Coach can destroy an outstanding team's confidence. But then the owner hires an accomplished Coach who has proven he can win at a high level for years and Kansas City is still undefeated this year and some are saying could win the Superbowl this year--that is just how important it is to bring in an experienced NFL Coach who knows how to relate to Pro Players and restore their confidence and this team with an average experienced Pro QB could be doing exactly what Kansas City is doing now. But Kino will never agree to that because his agenda is to complain about DOM and push for him to be fired and that argument won't fly if we have talented players that have just lost their self-confidence due to exposure to the Toxic Tyrant, Shiano, and the dumbest DC in the NFL, Sheridan. Our players are victims in need of being rescued. But Kino would also reject a retread Coach, but the KC Coach is a retread Coach but you can't argue with his success. I would accept a retread Coach like him all day long.
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    My season tickets are in the south endzone and I watched several fans showing the Fire Schiano, Fire the Coaches signs while the players were warming up. I watched some of the players reading/looking at the signs. I can't imagine this helped them play the game - doubt if it motivated them to play harder. This is nauseating to see fans do this. I don't consider them loyal to the team.
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    Another good article by PR and mostly good responses from posters. 1) PR always points to the W-L record and pointing out why it happened (bad sheme). All the other negatives are just "inclusive" with Shiano - that´s exactly the sad drama. 2) IMO, most of you saying GM is at fault too - are very right, they understand the big picture 3) with an interim coach, we make the working-lifes of our favorite team better; we make sure the current HC doesn´t make more wrong decissions and that he can´t make it even harder for the next HC; Just because of Interim coach, doesn´t mean we "have" to win games although it would be nice (we can try out the younger talent we got; let D.Marting rest; M.Williams getting healthy; etc.) threfore getting good Draft posi. - Have a nice day BucsFans, GoBucs!!
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    Well Guys The Coach has lost its ship,The team is playing hard,espically the young QB,Reavis and certain Defensive and Offensive players but I can tell the team is not focus like game 1 thru 3. Its time to let the man go and bring in Butch Davis for rest of the Year. Coach Schiano is not worth 5 million a year period. Also the GM is also the blame for this mess of my beloved Bucs. I remember when the John McKay Era begins and under five year they made it to the NFL Championship game. I remember the 0&26 start. Its going to worst if Schiano is here by game 10.Please Ownership change the coach.Gets somebody who has ciach with a winning record in the NFL GO Bucs.
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    OH REALLY Owlykat !! Please tell me as a unit what part of this roster is above average, not great, above avg across the NFL. O LINE NO WAY( should have been but it just isn't),D LINE NO WAY,Secondary as a unit NO WAY( shouldl be next year),RUNNING GAME including full back and depth NO WAY,RECEIVERS one through three NO WAY,TE H to the E double L NO WAY, QB NO WAY ,Special teams Maybe, LineBackers...... We have a winner!!! That's the Facts..... now does this coaching staff do a good job of improving players and using them to there strengths, def not in many cases. We all thought Nicks was a Pro Bowler, ( Not),We all thought Davin was a Pro Bowler ( not),Doug too but he has no full back or depth NOT,McCoy( he's not),Bowers isn't playing good we all thought he had a chance( well he isn't and doesn't),Donald P not this Year, not bad but not to good, Barron not good.................I can go on but when these players aren't contributing or playing at a high level you ain't gonna win many no matter who's coaching.Our pro bowlers in the secondary can't play to there abilities because the second ,third and fourth corners are really really bad, did you happen to catch Johson trying to cover the Panthers second and third rec.( Ginn and Co.) he was getting abused( this is on DOM). FOR a Myriad of reasons the Bucs are not fielding the Talent that some people think they are Period!! DOM is responsible for the Talent !! NO Pass Rush That's on DOM Period !!! WE could have had Tolbert as our FB but we stuck with our converted TE/DE now that's on Dom!!! Tolbert looked pretty good Thur...That's on Dom !!
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    We need a two-step here: Fire Schiano this weekend and install either Wanstadt or Butch Davis as interim coach, then fire Mark Dominick the last couple weeks of the season. Get the new regime in here at the end of week 17.
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    OH REALLY Owlykat !! Please tell me as a unit what part of this roster is above average, not great, above avg across the NFL. O LINE NO WAY( should have been but it just isn't),D LINE NO WAY,Secondary as a unit NO WAY( shouldl be next year),RUNNING GAME including full back and depth NO WAY,RECEIVERS one through three NO WAY,TE H to the E double L NO WAY, QB NO WAY ,Special teams Maybe, LineBackers...... We have a winner!!! That's the Facts..... now does this coaching staff do a good job of improving players and using them to there strengths, def not in many cases. We all thought Nicks was a Pro Bowler, ( Not),We all thought Davin was a Pro Bowler ( not),Doug too but he has no full back or depth NOT,McCoy( he's not),Bowers isn't playing good we all thought he had a chance( well he isn't and doesn't),Donald P not this Year, not bad but not to good, Barron not good.................I can go on but when these players aren't contributing or playing at a high level you ain't gonna win many no matter who's coaching.Our pro bowlers in the secondary can't play to there abilities because the second ,third and fourth corners are really really bad, did you happen to catch Johson trying to cover the Panthers second and third rec.( Ginn and Co.) he was getting abused( this is on DOM). FOR a Myriad of reasons the Bucs are not fielding the Talent that some people think they are Period!! DOM is responsible for the Talent !! NO Pass Rush That's on DOM Period !!! WE could have had Tolbert as our FB but we stuck with our converted TE/DE now that's on Dom!!! Tolbert looked pretty good Thur...That's on Dom !!
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    If we only knw the answer it would be great. There is so much dissention and disarray within one Buc place right now that there are way too many fires to try and put out. I think that the Bucs ahve set this etam back at least five years maybe even more. Who knew that this HC did not have the capability of winning? Very few College coaches have success in the NFL but then again a lot of retreads do not have success either. A catch 22 to be sure. I am certainly not smart enough to have the answer. I agree something has to be done but I am not sure what. Is Rich Bisaccia or Lovie Smith the answer? Raheem certaily was not. Having teams that have familiarity with a team is not always a good thing. I.E. Raheem. Someone not associated in the past iwith the Bucs might be a better option. BUT WHO that is the question. Another College coach or a retread. God help us but I am not sure if even he has the answer.
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    Some "posters" seem to complain about the quality or integrity of the writing in PR - case in point being the S. Reynolds "Fab 5" column. My response to them is - did you really read the article? Comments regarding R. Morris and Schiano's relationship with the media were meant to frame the article and explain why it was being written in the manner it was. That must have gone over your heads. Regardless, if it loses credibility with you it is, assuredly, gaining credibility with others. The facts are simple but let's boil it down to the absolute essence. If Schiano was coaching a winning team, his personality (or lack thereof) would be only sparse footnotes in all Bucs related conversations. In the NFL, winning is everything. All sins are forgiven if you are a winner. The Schiano lead Bucs are not winners. He's the HC. The team has not been good going back to the last 13 games. This type of streak is a direct reflection on the coach (and everything he's done - personnel, game planning, etc.). That is what S. Reynolds, M. Cook, and the PR staff have been saying in their articles over the course of this season. If you disagree, fine, but it's nonsense to attack because you perceive someone has a personal axe to grind. But then again, maybe there is something personal in the PR writing. When you care about a team as I (and I'm sure they) do with the Bucs and you see someone destroying it before your eyes, it's hard not to take it personal.
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    This organization is the joke..our GM is overrated and is given way too much credit for the poor job he has really done..this roster is his and his coaches creation - and no matter how much money is spent or whatever FA splash we make,this team is Swiss chees- it's ALWAYS full of holes...that's not the coach it's the GM..let him go be respected by his peers somewhere else- he doesn't have the vision to build a championship team..
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    Kino-I m with you with givin Dom the boot along with his coach..We often hear he is well liked and has a knack for finding late round talent- but his track record with premium picks and coaches is less than stellar.this team has been built poorly since his take over and the last decade of Bucs football has been pretty forgettable..this team is a league bottom feeder and it seems they are happy to stay there..It feels like since the Super Bowl victory that this organization has given up on trying to get back there..Other one time bottom feeder teams like the Shehawks,the Lions( to some extent),and the Bengals- all have been able to make progress over the last decade to change their direction and are trying to become elite teams in the NFL...I don't get that feeling from this organization...
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    This feels like more pot stirring by PR. That is not your role. I reject your article explaining why you are writing about the need to fire Schiano, after arguing it has to do with a coach's W-L record and failing to do so during Raheem's reign of incompetence, in a role it was painfully obvious he was unqualified for on day 1. ----- It is telling that you whine about Schiano being more standoffish to the media than any other Bucs coach in that same article, and admit that if he had been friendlier to the media people like you might be more supportive right now. That's quite some admission, which further undermines your credibility, at least with me. ----- Not sure what has happened, but there needs to be some parental oversight of the editorial dept at PR. I'm only speaking up because after many yrs (I think 8) as a subscriber I'm quite disappointed by the quality and integrity of the writing of late.
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    Rich Bisaccia should be our next head coach! I called for him before the Schiano hire and I still think he is the best candidate for the job! He has respect and from all over the league and the Tampa bay area and has many years of NFL experience. He can recruit coaches from all over the league and knows how to treat players. Rich Bisaccia Rich Bisaccia Rich Bisaccia Rich Bisaccia Lets go get him!
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    exactly what this franchise doesn't need - a head coaching carousel......three head coaches over 4 seasons - guess we are the laughing stock.
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    We had overblown expectations this year. On paper we were a good team. Our DL is not has good as their draft order would indicate. David is probably the best player on the team, but his ability is being wasted on this team. Being a fan since the selmon days, this is about as bad as I can remember. I am disgusted.
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    Absolutely. I knew that fans would be disappointed this season. They thought "We've got Revis Island" --------playoffs here we come. Those are the fans who are the most outraged with the season, imo.
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    Think back to the beginning of last year when the Buc Players were drinking Shiano's Cool Aid and thinking he knew what he was talking about--that was when they were 6-4. Then the tide turned as Freeman started having bad games and the players started seeing that the King wore no clothes. He was just a tyrant with no clue how to get to the playoffs and when their confidence dropped that season went downhill. Now we have added the best DB in the business and a DB who won an award as the best DB in college and we also got a second all pro in our Safety Goldston and both of our hurt All Pro Tackles came back. Don't tell me our players can't win if Schiano is fired!!! And get off DOM's back.
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    Boys Boys Boys, you can fire Gregory but really WAKE UP!! >> as bad as he has been ( bad) , he is not the idiot that built this secondary that is nearly as bad as the same guy that built one under Rah!!!! ( DOM) ( DOM ) (DOM ) this is the same guy that chose not to sign or resign any of the experienced D lineman and let two quality lineman walk.This is the same guy that thought he could draft a rookie corner to effectively cover the #2 receivers and stud T.E's in the NFC South AND AND AND chose not to sign B Grimes ,S Smith and a host of other very good corners ( you really can't for real believe that) but DOM DID!!! Same GUY that didn't think T.E is important when all of the best NFC souths best Teams all have stud tight ends ( Really u TARD).....back to the secondary nobody in there right mind believes Barron can cover Olsen,Gonzo or Graham but Dom does and Luke K is so much better than Barron it is laughable.Dom made the Trade and although Dom has made some good moves ,he has left this team so weak between the good decisions there is NO NO NO coach alive that can Win with this current roster .The only Unit on this team that may be average is the LB's and that is because L David is an absoulute stud............... Good pick Dom but you and you alone have blundered this roster with your ya win with stars theory which is now proven to be wrong.Revis can't be Revis because there isn't even another NFL start ready caliber CB on the roster . ALL OF THIS IS DOM, THERE IS NOT A COACH ALIVE THAT CAN WIN WITH THIS ROSTER !! PLEASE TELL ME WHO HE IS !!! OH OH OH we are special we DON't need a T.E.,,,, oh REALLY !! DREam on DOM
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    Gerald I respect you as a person, but your performance was not good in this game. Either it was the scheme designed by the coaches or you just are not good. Which is it Gerald? Coach SchianoI and Coach Sheridan I respect you as persons. Your performances has not been good; is it the players or is it you? If its both, then we have a bigger problem than what're we all thought we have.
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    I think underneath the surface the players are already there. Some anxiety was there before the season started as witnessed by the players only meeting that was called by Goldson. Take my words here with a grain of salt because I'm not one to start conspiracy theories, but the timing and execution of the bad snaps from Larsen looked suspicious to me. Probably an accident, but had never seen that before and several times too. I'm probably out in left field here, but it shows the level of paranoia and distrust that has come about with this administration.
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    Boys Boys Boys, you can fire Gregory but really WAKE UP!! >> as bad as he has been ( bad) , he is not the idiot that built this secondary that is nearly as bad as the same guy that built one under Rah!!!! ( DOM) ( DOM ) (DOM ) this is the same guy that chose not to sign or resign any of the experienced D lineman and let two quality lineman walk.This is the same guy that thought he could draft a rookie corner to effectively cover the #2 receivers and stud T.E's in the NFC South AND AND AND chose not to sign B Grimes ,S Smith and a host of other very good corners ( you really can't for real believe that) but DOM DID!!! Same GUY that didn't think T.E is important when all of the best NFC souths best Teams all have stud tight ends ( Really u TARD).....back to the secondary nobody in there right mind believes Barron can cover Olsen,Gonzo or Graham but Dom does and Luke K is so much better than Barron it is laughable.Dom made the Trade and although Dom has made some good moves ,he has left this team so weak between the good decisions there is NO NO NO coach alive that can Win with this current roster .The only Unit on this team that may be average is the LB's and that is because L David is an absoulute stub............... Good pick Dom but you and you alone have blundered this roster with your ya win with stars theory which is now proven to be wrong.Revis can't be Revis because there isn't even another NFL start ready caliber CB on the roster . ALL OF THIS IS DOM, THERE IS NOT A COACH ALIVE THAT CAN WIN WITH THIS ROSTER !! PLEASE TELL ME WHO HE IS !!! OH OH OH we are special we DON't need a T.E.,,,, oh REALLY !! DREam on DOM
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    Just let Schiano keep his job for the remainder of the season- we then will get the greatest gift he can give us- the second pick in next years draft..Why fire him and put an interim coach in? That means we are looking to win,which we shouldn't - look what a similar tactic has done for the Colts(Luck had everything to do with it).also,bring in an interim coach and his rep gets put on the line and he pays for Schianos mistakes- especially since we should lose out the season and then send Schiano packing..maybe Glazers are trying to find evidence coach leaked the Freeman story- this could be a federal crime and a breach of contract and Tampa could end up owing this clown not a damn thing..then Free can sue the crap out of him for damages leaving coach as broke as he was before he brought his *censored* to Tampa and blew the whole thing to hell.. Keep losing Bucs- it's for the best..
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    All I have to say is Booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo .....just.. .boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo....chirp.
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    Do the right thing Glazer family....release Schiano. Spare the Buc players and fans from any more agony.
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