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December 29, 2013 @ 11:15 pm
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Schiano Denies Penn State Rumors: "The Job I Have Is The Job I Want"

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While the future of beleaguered Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano remains unknown as of Sunday night, Schiano did take time to address the Penn State rumors in his post-game press conference and state that the Buccaneers coaching job is the only one he wants.
The Buccaneers concluded their disappointing 2013 season with a 4-12 record after a 42-17 thrashing by the New Orleans Saints in the Superdome.

Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano has dealt with plenty of adversity this season from an NFL-high 16 players on injured reserve to the benching and ultimate release of the team’s starting quarterback in Josh Freeman to a MRSA outbreak at One Buccaneer Place during training camp. All that turmoil and some close losses to the New York Jets, New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals by a combined score of six points fueled a 0-8 start to the season and calls for Schiano to be fired.

With a combined record of 11-21 in his two seasons with the Buccaneers, the Glazers would be justified in making a coaching change, and possibly even cleaning house with the front office that would include the firing of general manager Mark Dominik, who has complied a record of 31-48 in the five years he has presided over the team.

Schiano spent much of Sunday’s post-game press conference talking about the team’s loss to the Saints rather than his future, but did acknowledge that a 4-12 mark at the end of a season full of higher expectations wasn’t good enough.

“I’m not satisfied with four,” Schiano said. “That’s not my decision [in terms of] how many is enough. I try to win the games.”

Schiano did address reports from NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport that Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner is considering flying to Tampa to make a push to hire Schiano, a former Nittany Lions assistant coach under the legendary Joe Paterno, should Bill O’Brien leave the school for the head coaching job of the Houston Texans as expected.

“I made the comment on Wednesday and I will reiterate it,” Schiano said. “I or no one connected with me has had any contact with Penn State. I said it Wednesday and I’ll say it again. The job I have is the job I want.”

Schiano was asked what he would say to those who would ask if he’s done enough to keep his job after the dismal 2013 campaign.

“I don’t think I need to do that,” Schiano said. “I don’t think I have to say anything. That’s not being smug in any way. I just come to do my job the best I can. That’s other people’s decisions to make. That’s how I’ve always approached it and that’s not going to change.”

The Glazers did not make any statement following Sunday’s loss to the Saints and the team’s public relations staff sent out a media release stating that Schiano’s season-ending press conference would be held at One Buccaneer Place at 2:30 p.m.

However, history shows that former Bucs head coach Tony Dungy held his season-ending press conference in 2001 and then was fired hours later. Former Tampa Bay head coach Jon Gruden also addressed the media for a season-ending session at the end of the 2008 campaign, but was fired nearly three weeks later.

On Sunday night, NFL Network insider Michael Silver tweeted on his Twitter account: “I’m told it’s all quiet on the Bucs coach/GM front … for now.”

When asked what Schiano said when he addressed the team, he declined to elaborate and decided to keep his post-game comments to the players private.

“I would rather not,” Schiano said. “It’s a really tough time in that locker room right now for players and coaches because of the amount of physical and emotional energy that has been invested in this season. I’ll talk about it tomorrow. I’ll just say it’s been one of the most demanding seasons that I’ve ever [had]. Things kept coming and coming and coming. That’s why this group of men – and why I feel about them [the way I do] – is a great group of people. They stuck together and worked hard and that’s what I’ve asked them to do.”


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    Not sure if you are a Schiano supporter and just trying to shift most of the blame to Dominick or what. But I really don't care. If The price for Schiano getting the boot is Dominick's head, then I'm all in. There's plenty of blame to spread between the two (but I do believe the brunt of it must be borne by Schiano for numerous reason that I won't restate yet again in this post). The Bucs were a bad team this season and shouldn't have been...Bring in a new group and let's start from there.
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    I also have to mention that two 'head case' players were allowed to basically walk for nothing ( Talib and Blount ) and are both currently on a play off contending team..Bad players or poor leadership ? Both of these guys had their issues but have since shown what coaching and purpose can do..they have a winning attitude because they are with a winning franchise- the nonsense that runs this team currently are not winners and DO NOT have what it takes to turn this franchise into a winner...it is time to set sail on Dom and Smeeano and try another approach..for every plus with Dom there is a minus.For every splash FA signing,there were misses - for every draft gem there were a couple of rocks..for every bad coaching move there was a bad coaching move...do I really need to go on?
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    Couldn't have been said better or more accurately. You can't cut Schiano without Dom...in addition to what you have said,you won't get a good proven veteran HC to come in here and work under Dom...who has a questionable track record and may not be here more than another year? Of course, I guess you could give the coach the option to fire and replace Dom at the end of his first year with a GM of his own choice....but I don't see that happening. That isn't really a viable solution.
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    It will play out two ways....Dom will go alone or Dom and Schiano will go. No logical reason to fire Schiano without showing Dom the door as well. If Dom goes and Shaiano stays, it will be up to the GM whether to give him one more year or not. I remember all the pitchforks and bluster from many fans and the local broadcast media to push Gruden out the door. I wanted Allen out an replaced with a veteran GM. We made the wrong decision then....and if we don't get rid of Dom at the same time as Schiano, it will be just another blast from the past. Of course, we could give them both one more year and then clean house top to bottom at the end of next year....just don't know if we should wait that long...but it has been about 10 years of futility and counting.
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    Dominick is not the problem. Schiano took a floundering team and two yrs later it has more talent and is still floundering. The Responsibility rests squarely on his shoulders. Dominick is damaged because Schiano was still here after the break. Ownership has been consistent in its method of hiring and firing. They wait until the end of the year. If they stick with Schiano they have no one to blame but themselves for empty stadium.
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    Wrong...wrong...wrong....Scott is right on the money. Too many blown draft picks....too many broken down FA signings. Some head cases. Signing a quality HC? What has he accomplished that any other average GM couldn't. The last draft or two seem better, but newsflash...those guys are developing under Schiano...David, McCoy have even continued to develop under Schiano. Remember when some wondered if McCoy might be a bust? Now you can say, the fact he had so many bad drafts was because of the poor coaches, but again, who is responsible for that? If Schiano goes, so must Dom. And BTW...what Vet HC would come in and want to set up his part of the organization under Dom....none....
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    After Gruden finished 9-7 him and Allen were canned for the the bright future duo of Dominick, and Morris. After that embarrassment, we brought in Schiano to right the ship. Well that ship is on a reef with a broken mast. For five years Dom has been in control, and we're worse off now then when Gruden was fired. Dom's found some good players, but when you look how bad he missed with some top draft choices, and his lack of drafting O lineman since he's been in charge, it's easy to see why we're so bad. I know there's a lot of support out there for Dom by posters, and PR staff, I just don't get why. Aside from the fools gold year where we won 10 games, Dom has presided over a team that averages 10 losses a year. Ask yourself if we have the personal to contend next year. Dom has zero clue as to how to build a winning team. After five years of Dom, we're 4-12 with no real chance next year. 9-7 never looked so good. Under his watch, we started talking about next year in October. Get out the hasmat suits it's time to rid the place of that losing infection posing as a G.M..
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    Couldn't have been said better or more accurately. You can't cut Schiano without Dom...in addition to what you have said,you won't get a good proven veteran HC to come in here and work under Dom...who has a questionable track record and may not be here more than another year? Of course, I guess you could give the coach the option to fire and replace Dom at the end of his first year with a GM of his own choice....but I don't see that happening. But that isn't really a viable solution.
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    Not sure if you are a Schiano supporter and just trying to shift most of the blame to Dominick or what. But I really don't care. If The price for Schiano getting the boot is Dominick's head, then I'm all in. The Bucs are a bad team and shouldn't be...Bring in a new group and let's start from there.
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    Here's a career tip for you Greg. Quit before you get fired. Looks better on your resume.
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    I'm sure where ever he goes he will make at least a mil. a year. I don't think he needs career advice from either one of us.
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    Aren't we forgetting that "this situation needed Greg Schiano"?
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    Hopefully by tomorrow that statement will read you HAD the job you wanted.
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