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October 24, 2013 @ 11:00 am
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Heat On Schiano Turned Up By Former Bucs Sapp, Bennett

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The flame under the hot seat of Greg Schiano was turned up a few notches on Thursday with former Buc Warren Sapp's appearance on the NFL Network's NFL AM show and also a scathing piece written by NFL.com's Michael Silver who quoted former Buc Michael Bennett.
Former Bucs great and Hall-of-Famer Warren Sapp is back in Tampa as part of the NFL Network’s broadcast team for Thursday night’s Bucs and Panthers matchup, and wasted no time sharing his no-holds barred style of opinion on the problems in Tampa Bay, in particular with Greg Schiano.

“When it is your way or the highway, you must win,” Sapp said. “And when you are telling your team to play a certain way and this should bring you home a win, and that doesn’t happen, people are going to look around that locker room like ‘Hey we are doing exactly what he is telling us to do, and we aren’t winning football games. So it has to be on the coach.

“You know what I think, we put way too much on these players meetings, players only meetings. The coach has to give you a plan and then you can go out and – because it’s not always about the X’s and O’s sometimes it is about the Willies and the Joes. You have to put some things together; you have to have your ball club believing in what you are doing. I don’t really think the Bucs believe in what they are doing. And right now without Doug Martin, what is their identity?”

Sapp was asked by the morning crew on NFL AM his thoughts on the Bucs scheme and how cornerback Darrelle Revis is being used.

“And then on defense I have never been around a football team when you call out one of the big dogs like DeSean Jackson did to Darrelle Revis and you don’t sic your dog back on that little dog," Sapp said. "You have to be kidding me? You want some of this Revis Island buddy? Get on here, it’s famished, no water, it is going to be a long afternoon for you. And then we roll the coverage somewhere else? We know how this works when you have a dominant corner. But for some reason down here in Tampa, they forgot how to play defense.”

Sapp continued his thoughts on the issues with the schemes employed by Schiano and defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan, including the use of defensive tackle Gerald McCoy.

“Once you play dominant defense, they you have a chance to go out and give your offense a chance to win it at the end of the game, with a Josh Freeman, with a young quarterback with a running game,” Sapp said. “The one thing that has always been strong in Tampa is the defense. And right now they are wasting Gerald McCoy on the left side not moving him, flipping him from side to side. 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 backend in the NFL then what we have in Tampa, and we are not taking advantage of it.”

Before his segment ended Sapp went back to his thoughts on Revis, and the Buccaneers inability to put him in the best position to succeed in Sapp’s opinion.

“I am watching the scheme not fit the man,” Sapp said. “Because I am a firm believer that it is not the scheme. You can draw up all you want, but it is the man in the scheme with the skill. And you are telling me someone is coming to Tampa and they are telling me, ‘Sapp we are going to give you one-on-ones all day. And what I am not going to show up for the one-on-one?’ You want my No. 1 cornerback that we are paying $16 million to? Go out there all day long and we are going to see if he is worth $16 million and we are going to see if you can catch a pass on him. We are fixing to find out if he is back from the ACL. You have everything in that challenge you want down here in Tampa, and for some reason Schiano and company. ducked it. I don’t understand that.”

But Sapp wasn’t the only on putting Schiano on blast. NFL.com writer Michael Silver wrote a scathing piece published on NFL.com Thursday morning, and quoted former Bucs defensive end Michael Bennett and a other sources who described the players' disdain for Schiano.

In his article Silver wrote; “Barring a shocking and almost inconceivable turnaround during his second season of running the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ultra-tight pirate ship, he'll likely leave with a whimper, dashing back to college football during or after the conclusion of this miserable campaign.

With an 0-6 record in 2013 and 11 defeats in his last 12 games dating back to last November, Schiano is underperforming in an unforgiving industry, which is reason enough for the Glazer family to fire him. Yet this coaching faceplant transcends losing.

As the Bucs prepare to host the Carolina Panthers on NFL Network's "Thursday Night Football," it's abundantly clear that Schiano and the NFL is as poor a fit as Yasiel Puig and the NLCS, on so many levels. Most glaringly, the autocratic Schiano operates with an inherent deficit of respect, both for America's preeminent sports league and for the men he's trying to lead.

And yes, you'll notice I used the word men. That's because I've spoken to enough people who've played for Schiano during his two NFL seasons to conclude that he treats his players like children, which is a major reason he has lost his locker room.

"How bad is it there? It's worse than you can imagine," says one NFL player who spent 2012 with the Bucs. "It's like being in Cuba."

Silver went on to quote Bennett.

"I think he just wants to flex his power," Bennett says. "He has small (man's) syndrome. I still talk to guys who are there, and trust me, there's not much respect for him in that locker room."

Schiano and the Buccaneers need a win desperately on Thursday night and the criticism of the organization has evolved from the local media and fans to the national level. Without a drastic turnaround, the heat on Schiano may be too much for the Glazers to ignore, and changes may come sooner rather than later.

You can see the full Sapp interview and read the full Silver article here.



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    Whatever the future holds, I don't see Mark Dominik in it. I doubt he gets to hire a third coach on his watch.
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    So if you fire Schiano today / tomorrow and put an interm coach in place who goes to Seattle and stinks up the place (as expected) then there is no excitement coming back to Tampa for MNF. Might as well wait until after the Seattle beatdown and then fire Schiano and at least there will be some excitement and interest for MNF.

    Honestly at this point I think there is a real point to keeping Schiano for the season since he gives us the best chance to get the #1 pick in the draft. Glennon looked pretty good (for a rookie) against some bad defenses, but against a good defense last night he looked very average. We very much are still int he Teddy lottery and Schiano is our best chance to get him. Conversely if we put Wannstedt in there after next week and he goes 4-4 we don't get the top pick and even worse we might end up with Wannstedt as the HC for next year.

    I wish people would shut-up about the Glazers already. The easy thing to do would be to fire Schiano but that might not be what is in the best long term interest of the franchise. YES keeping Schiano means losing more for this year, but in the long run it might mean getting a franchise QB.

    With all that said I still think Schiano gets fired after Seattle.
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    PHRED is a fancy way of spelling FRED....I like it. He seems like a smart beagle too. The thing that scares me is that the Glazers will get rid of Schiano too soon and Wanny will win a few games and we'll lose out on the Teddy Bridgewater sweepstakes. Josh Freeman, Michael Bennett, Aqib Talib, Lagarett Blount and Kellen Winslow all did more for the Bucs than Schiano has. Our team has been stripped of talent and the new talent (Revis/McCoy) isn't in the right scheme according to Sapp and a lot of others. I always liked Sapp for the same reason I always liked Spurrier, they both tell the truth, rather than play the game of coach speak or team speak. Honesty is a refreshing thing to hear. I think the game is losing it's creditability because of the same boring party line speeches. When I, as a fan, know what the answer will be before it is actually answered by the party being interviewed, I'm saying to myself "What's the use in asking the question to begin with?"
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    The only way for Schiano to turn the Bucs around is to start involving his star players in the game planning. What they have been doing is not working and no one is buying it anymore. Get the players involved to ensure the plan mates to their strengths. Also since it is their plan buy in is assured. For Schiano this will be like eating a *censored* sandwich, but a real man swallows his pride and finds a way to win.
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    Morgan- you got to hear yourself. I don´t want to be offensive, but how can you say "no matter who is at the helm" - how about Hitler? Thats simply rediculous.... The Hazmat suits were some kind funny, although i feel for coach; he and Dominik drove the "win now" BS, so now they can drive the highway.. I said it once and will do it again, this smells like the Glazers were behind it all, just to get fans excited. The season was all hype - just people with brains have figured it out (Horse). One way or another- Dom and Shiano went all in, the Shianomik demon is at fault, need to go asap. (and will they ever attack the middle of the field, short medium, on offense? seems they can run to the middle, but pass)
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    What is a dilwad? Is that a redneck, or educated term for an *censored*, or something like that? Never heard of it. Perhaps what the author should consider is how poorly this bully represents the community, the team, and the fans. I was actually surprised that he was not yelling and screaming, or chewing somebody out. Maybe he should start with his handpicked QB, who is not the answer, but the bully did get his way did he not? Small crowd tonight. It looked less than 50% full. That's a lot of lost revenue on parking, beer, and hot dogs. Hopefully, they will fire him tomorrow.
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    I keep seeing the same thing every week- a football team with some real talented players making careless mistakes that cost them points and then games.But I think this is by design.- this is a team showing that they do not buy into their coaching..winning means his system works and that guys better toe the line..playing with glimpses of possibility then dropping the ball ( figuratively and actually ) is a way to show the TEAM has talent but are unwilling to win for the sake of the coach and his system..this team has suffered through about a decade of poor coaching and leadership and it needs to change..period.
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    So we lost. Big deal. World won't end tomorrow. Some of you need to remember that. I liked what I saw in rookie Glennon, James, and Wright. Who knows if Schiano will be around much longer, but I'll be a Bucs' fan no matter who's at the helm. Have been since 1981. RayJay was electric - fans were rooting for the Bucs with a few losers w/ Fire Schiano signs and a couple in HAZMAT suits to get on tv. Great fanbase. Anyway- Go Bucs.
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    Rutgerneers 0-7!!!!
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    So we lost. Big deal. World won't end tomorrow. Some of you need to remember that. I liked what I saw in rookie Glennon, James, and Wright. Who knows if Schiano will be around much longer, but I'll be a Bucs' fan no matter who's at the helm. Have been since 1981. Go Bucs.
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    It feels like we are on the verge to a different era. Just type "time to say goodbye" in google, click the first link, and look forward to some real football and an organization, hopefully, starting to be classy again (Dungy) or fiery (gruden) or inovative (Greg Roman) - It is nice to see/read about a movement going on, realy just disrespectfull this current regime - but you can´t hold down the people ;-) You can keep some of the people stupid for a certain amount of time, but you can´t hold them all stupid for all the time.. hopefully that one Press Conferece will be his last. Sunday in a week will be so much fun again, yeeah!!
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    Can you imagine Sapp having to play in this system?
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    When asked what he thought about the execution of the Buccaneers coaching staff, one fan replied, "I am all for it."
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    I appreciate your loyalty Morgan but I suspect you have not been weathering the storm as long as many of us "dilwads". Name calling those of us who simply have come to the conclusion that Greg Schiano is just not a good coach, evidenced by his won-loss record, should be beneath you. Isn't it getting a little old listening to this guy? We're all hopeful, but after a while with Schiano at the helm it looks more and more hopeless as he continues a trek headed straight for a storm while screaming "full speed ahead."
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    I realize now why Schiano hates the victory formation so much: because every team pulls that stupid play on him!
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    @ColoradoBuc "those rat bastards!" I think it would be great if the other team started the game with that formation just to piss him off!
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    Go Bucs, beat the stupid Panthers!
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    .....and today I hear Shaun King criticizing Mike Glennon as being a weak armed, mediocre QB....this after only three games played as a rookie. What exactly does King have to show for his career if he didn't have one of the nfl's best defenses the years he played......what a clown who needs to STFU.
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    @Morgan, actually I was quite proud of Kings performance especially the year, he and the team were robbed by a bad call of going to the Superbowl and the following year he went 10-6 and lost in the Wildcard game. I would take that anyday to what we have put up with recently. He was just not a bad quarterback as you intimate, jsut not a great one. He did well with the tools he had.
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    yeah, King has such a long, prosperous career to talk like he was a great QB ---nothing further from the truth.
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    @Morgan, sometimes it is the mediocre players that had to work extremely hard to learn and analyze the game that are the better teachers and coaches than the talented players for which everything came to them naturally.
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    Very informative article. I agree completely with Sapp and Silver. Rarely do I agree with Silver, but whatever.
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    GET THIS F....ing BUM out of here and take the ownership with him.....it gets harder and harder to be a BUCS fan these days.
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    swear I've never seen so many fairweather fans in my entire football-following life. What ever happened to supporting your team, win or lose. Many of you deserve exactly what you're getting - you don't support the team unless they're winning. Anyone can do that. I'll be damn if I go to the games and boo the team like a lot of you dilwads.
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    EEB = chirp...........Sapp = chirp...........PHRED = chirp......
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    @ Buc-up, said perfectly perfect.
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    Morgan, just because most of the fans don't support Schiano and his dictator ways doesn't make us fairweather fans. I have been a diehard Bucs fan since 1976 when I was 7yrs old. I have either seen or heard almost every game in person, on TV, or radio. I wore the old orange Bucco Bruce attire to school when they were really horrible and got chastised for it! There are many fairweather Buc fans out there, but they aren't Pewter Report subscribers as they don't care enough to even make the effort to read the free articles. So anyone posting on these articles are paying Pewter Report subscribers, which means they CARE and are NOT fairweather fans!
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    yessir
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    What a bunch of crap by the players "‘Hey we are doing exactly what he is telling us to do, and we aren’t winning football games. So it has to be on the coach. I am sure Schiano is running around at every practice session telling them to make sure the make penalties and to do it mostly at critical times. Then he spends extra time with Bostad to make absolutely sure the OL got the message. When they play like they are supposed to do and actually tarined to do Schiano is mostly correct. Our august vetereans who know better have cost us 4 games by their stupid play.
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    Well stated, Unc.
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    @Uncle, Just because Schian Ofer6 tells a player to walk on the ceiling, that doesn't make that player Spiderman. He has to tune his scheme to the players he has and use his players strengths, not force them to try to do things they are not capable of executing.
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    I was not always a big fan of Warren Sapp opening his mouth. But I have to agree with Sapp on these comments. They are right on, insightful, and he really got down to it from a player's perspective. Great comments, and right on the money!
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    Morgan, it's not even about being fair weather bro, we're not just losing. Look at the headlines coming out of Tampa day in and day out, look how the players are treated and lastly look at the win loss column. Look who's been ran off: Talib, Freeman, Winslow, Bennett and I'm probably forgetting others. I wanted Schiano to do great but he's a miserable twat.
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    macabee, hilarious. :) BTW, was PHRED in Smokey and the Bandit?
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    Is it true that Schiano ran Superbowl MVP Dexter Jackson out of practice earlier in the week? I read that on Yahoo! sports. http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/former-super-bowl-mvp-says-schiano-tried-kick-141014642--nfl.html
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    Bucs will lose bad tonight and Schiano will be fired Friday and they will promote Wanstedt as interim coach.
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    @jongruden...If only it were so...
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    Not much else to say. This is still a winnable game if somehow the players can ignore the coaches and play their game. It's time for the Team Captains to take over for the Coaches if we lose this game. I know that is a harsh statement, but if we lose this game it is time for a mutiny. This is America and us fans need to rise up and demand new leadership.
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    As I was sitting at my laptop reading this article, I looked over at PHRED, my trusted beagle who is always at my side - PHRED said " Hey, don't look at me, I can't stand that guy either"!
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