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SR’s Fab 5 is a collection of inside scoop, analysis and insight from yours truly, PewterReport.com publisher and Bucs beat writer Scott Reynolds. Here are a few things that caught my attention this week at One Buc Place and around the NFL.

I’m back from my 10-day Thanksgiving family vacation to my hometown of Kansas City and my alma mater, Kansas State, where I saw the Wildcats basketball team trounce Northern Arizona and the K-State football team come from behind in thrilling fashion to beat Iowa State in “Farmageddon” with a touchdown on the last play to win, 20-19. I got bronchitis from the cold temperatures as a lovely parting gift from the Midwest, which is why I wasn’t on this week’s Pewter Nation Podcast. I want to thank the Tampa Bay Times’ Greg Auman, 620 WDAE’s Pat Donovan and Roy Cummings from FloridaFootballInsiders.com for filling in and helping Mark Cook and Trevor Sikkema out with the podcasts. Sorry if you’ve missed me – I’ll return next week.

Today marks the return of the SR’s Fab 5 – serviced by Discount Garage Doors – as there wasn’t one last week on Black Friday, which allowed a lot of you the chance to score some great deals during your holiday shopping instead of waiting to read the Fab 5  (you’re welcome). If you haven’t had a chance to read my latest SR’s Fab 5: What Gruden Could Bring (Back) To The Bucs, please do so now. I believe now more than ever that there is a strong likelihood that Gruden returns to the sidelines in Tampa Bay next year.

Now on to this week’s SR’s Fab 5 and some real inside scoop to kick things off.

FAB 1. Schiano Got A Raw Deal In Tennessee

For years, fans and alumni of the University of Tennessee bought into the “Grumors,” wanting former Tampa Bay head coach Jon Gruden to take over the crumbling Volunteers football program. Despite being a former graduate assistant and meeting his wife, Cindy, a former Vols cheerleader, in Knoxville, Gruden was never going to Tennessee.

Gruden isn’t going to return to coaching at the college level, as he told me in a previous edition of SR’s Fab 5 in July. I’ve maintained that if Gruden returns to coaching it will likely be next year in Tampa Bay as Dirk Koetter’s replacement.

The Volunteers swung and missed at one Bucs head coach, but nearly had another one in Greg Schiano until athletic director John Currie botched it by not running his selection of Schiano past the boosters and fan base first. Schiano was hired and essentially fired on the same day when the offer was withdrawn before the university chancellor signed off on it on Sunday.

Schiano, who is Ohio State’s defensive coordinator, has been through the ringer over this and I feel for him.

Perhaps you don’t because of his 11-21 record in his two years as the head coach in Tampa Bay.

You may not like Schiano for his hard ass, “toes on the line” ways, or for his tight, pensive game management decisions that cost the Bucs a few victories that were within their grasp from 2012-13.

You might not like Schiano because he started off his second – and final – season with a 0-8 record.

You may not like Schiano because he had a hand in drafting safety Mark Barron in the first round in 2012 and cornerback Jonathan Banks in the second round in 2013, or you believe the narrative that he “ruined” Josh Freeman.

But don’t dislike Schiano based on unsubstantiated rumors that he somehow knew about the abuses that occurred at Penn State by former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky and didn’t report them.

Some would have you believe that double hearsay from Mike McQueary, a former assistant coach who never worked with or for Schiano, means that Schiano somehow was guilty of covering up a crime. That’s dangerous to believe, and requires a great leap of faith, especially when Schiano himself says that those allegations aren’t true.

The Washington Post wrote: “In a 2015 deposition that was unsealed last year, former Nittany Lions assistant coach Mike McQueary testified that another Penn State coach had told him that Schiano had talked of seeing Sandusky abusing a boy in the early 1990s.

‘Greg had come into his office white as a ghost and said he just saw Jerry doing something to a boy in the shower,’ McQueary said he heard of Schiano, who worked under Sandusky at Penn State from 1990 to 1995, according to the court document. Schiano, however, denied saying such a thing, telling ESPN’s Adam Schefter last year, ‘I never saw any abuse, nor had reason to suspect any abuse, during my time at Penn State.’

Former Bucs head coach Greg Schiano - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Former Bucs head coach Greg Schiano – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Whether you believe Schiano or not is up to you. I believe him, and when Tennessee withdrew its offer to hire him as its next head football coach because an Internet mob linked allegedly false accusations to Schiano there were plenty of media members and those in the college and pro football realm that cried foul.

Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel gave a staunch defense of Schiano on Sunday, and plenty of well-respected college football analysts from ESPN’s Booger McFarland and Kirk Herbstreit did the same.

Without proof of any wrongdoing, the Tennessee Internet mob is simply assassinating Schiano’s character – proving that these are the dangerous times we’re living in.

Make an accusation and it has to be real, right?

Do you believe the Uber driver that has accused Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston of groping her two years ago? Winston, who was vindicated from sexual accusations at Florida State, said on Thursday that he would be vindicated again, and maintains his innocence.

Over a half a dozen women accused former President Bill Clinton of everything from groping to rape during the 1990s, and his accusers were slut-shamed by the media that was sympathetic to Clinton’s politics.

Now, in this cultural climate, women are coming out of the woodwork and taking down men of power from Washington, D.C. to New York to Alabama to Hollywood. The sheer volume of victims lead everyone to believe that Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is guilty of just about everything he’s being accused of, and rightly so. NBC just canned its $26 million-a-year-man Matt Lauer over a host of sexual improprieties over the years.

The cultural climate quickly shifted about a decade ago in college football when some high-profile coaches got a bit too physical with some of their players, costing Mark Mangino his job at Kansas, Mike Leach his job at Texas Tech and Jim Leavitt his job at South Florida all within the same year. A few years earlier, former Notre Dame head coach Lou Holtz used to grab his players by the facemask during games on national TV a good deal and it was essentially laughed off rather than viewed as abuse at the time.

Now we are suggesting that Schiano must be guilty of not reporting a crime because of double hearsay?

God help us all.

One of Schiano’s strongest defenders was former Bucs head coach Mark Dominik, who hired him in Tampa Bay in 2012 to replace Raheem Morris. Keep in mind that it was also Schiano’s 11-21 record that contributed to Dominik getting fired, too.

Dominik didn’t have to defend Schiano, but did so on Twitter on Sunday night.

Now I’m about to reveal some inside information about Schiano’s time in Tampa Bay. I’m going to peel back the curtain and let you see what goes on behind the scenes covering the Buccaneers.

With the Bucs reeling with a 0-7 record and with former first-round quarterback Josh Freeman benched and then released in the first half of the 2013 season, Schiano’s tenure in Tampa Bay was on life support. There were “Fire Schiano” billboards around town, and I wrote that Schiano needed to be fired for obvious reasons, including how he mishandled Freeman.

Former Bucs head coach Greg Schiano and ex-GM Mark Dominik - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Former Bucs head coach Greg Schiano and ex-GM Mark Dominik – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

A good deal of what I wrote came from information from sources inside Josh Freeman’s inner circle, which Mark Cook and I deemed to be credible at the time. We had known these sources for years.

My columns against Schiano were completely one-sided because Schiano did not talk with the local media – on or off the record – outside of his press conferences for the majority of his tenure. He was standoffish and arrogant. Schiano had no use for the media, and that would prove to be part of his undoing in Tampa Bay.

Sensing the error of his ways in November of 2013 after a 0-7 start, Schiano made a last-ditch attempt to reach out to the media after a wave of negative columns about how he “ruined” Freeman in favor of Mike Glennon, the quarterback he drafted in the third round in 2013.

It turns out that Schiano was embarrassed for Freeman that he didn’t get voted as a team captain that summer. It’s almost unheard of in the NFL that a veteran starting quarterback isn’t a captain. Some in the media questioned whether Schiano had it in for Freeman and rigged the vote, but he kept the ballots in his desk as proof. Schiano briefly thought about rigging the votes the other way and naming Freeman a captain despite the lack of votes, but couldn’t bring himself to do it do it because it wasn’t the right thing to do.

The truth is that Freeman was aloof and simply not a good leader. He was well liked by his teammates, but few viewed the quiet Freeman as an actual team leader. My media friends at Kansas State University where Freeman played for three years told me that Freeman wasn’t even a great leader in college. I could see that with my own eyes from his time in Tampa and sense that from my interactions with Freeman on and off the field.

I believed Schiano didn’t rig the vote against Freeman, but that was about all I believed about him – until Cook and I met with Schiano in the wide receivers room after practice on the Friday before the Seattle game.

Schiano called the meeting with me to clear the air and confidentially explain some of his decisions regarding Freeman. I heard from other media members that they later had similar meetings as Schiano tried to turn the tide and save his job, but I’ll only share with you some of my interaction with Schiano from the meeting he had with PewterReport.com.

Former Bucs head coach Greg Schiano and ex-QB Josh Freeman - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Former Bucs head coach Greg Schiano and ex-QB Josh Freeman – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

I will leave out the details about Freeman due to confidentiality reasons, but what I can tell you is that Cook and I believe 100 percent of Schiano’s shocking account of what happened between he and the quarterback, who happened to be in a contract year in 2013. The specifics that Schiano provided us were corroborated by several other Bucs players and employees when asked about them by Cook and myself.

Schiano’s concerns about Freeman – and that’s what I’ll call them – dated back to the Bucs’ slide after a 6-4 start to the 2012 season, Schiano’s initial campaign in Tampa Bay, and continued in the 2013 offseason. Schiano and Dominik were so concerned about Freeman that the team did not offer him a contract extension. Instead, they drafted Glennon in the third round as a safety net in case Freeman’s downward spiral continued in his contract year, which it did.

I am absolutely convinced that Freeman’s career wounds were completely self-inflicted, and given the fact that he had several opportunities to restart his career in Minnesota, New York, Miami, Brooklyn in the Fall Experimental Football League, and finally in Indianapolis – and failed to do so – speaks volumes.

During our meeting Schiano looked me dead in the eye and told me he spent more time trying to get Freeman’s life turned around than he had ever spent with any other young player dating back to his days at Rutgers. That was a pretty powerful statement – and a believable one.

Schiano had every incentive to make his arranged marriage with Freeman work. If Freeman didn’t pan out and build on a record-breaking 2012 campaign Schiano would likely be fired sooner rather than later, and he knew it. Of course that’s exactly what happened.

As Schiano was sharing some details about Freeman in the meeting, I became incensed. I angrily picked up my cell phone and waved it at Schiano, telling him that I had the phone numbers of Tony Dungy, Jon Gruden and Morris in it, but I didn’t have his. The reason being that Schiano had only two “off the record” lunches with a gaggle of Bucs beat writers in two years, but never spoke on background about any of these issues regarding the supposed franchise quarterback with me or anyone else in the media.

Incredulously, I asked why he didn’t share any of these details with the media on background so that a narrative could be formed to inform fans that all was not right with Freeman heading into the 2013 season. Schiano said he made a mistake in not talking with me and other Bucs beat writers about what was really happening behind the scenes, and then gave me his phone number on the spot.

I believed Schiano’s sincerity and immediately felt betrayed by some of the false things that I had been fed by Freeman’s camp. I had written a one-sided column calling for the firing of Schiano two weeks earlier without knowing all the facts. I felt bad because I had unintentionally misled my PewterReport.com readers by not having the full story.

Former Bucs head coach Greg Schiano and ex-QB Josh Freeman - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Former Bucs head coach Greg Schiano and ex-QB Josh Freeman – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

That was ultimately Schiano’s fault because he never communicated with me or any other Bucs beat writer about what was happening behind the scenes. By then the damage had been done. Tampa Bay was about to be 0-8 after an overtime loss to Seattle. Too many games were lost, and Schiano came to the realization that he needed a better relationship with the media much too late.

Over the last few weeks of the season, Schiano and I communicated via text (that’s commonplace with media members, coaches and front office personnel). One time he texted me and I was unable to get back to him for hours because I was taking my mother, who has a debilitating neck condition, to the doctor.

I casually mentioned her condition to him in my reply and Schiano responded, saying that that he would pray for her, which was a nice gesture. In subsequent texts with him over the past four years, he still asks how she’s doing from time to time, showing me that he genuinely cares about people. Schiano has nothing to gain by inquiring about my mother’s health.

I also mentioned that I was my son’s Pop Warner defensive line coach in one text and Schiano went on to ask how our team did on a weekly basis in the playoffs in 2013 before he was relieved of his duties. He even continued to ask about our youth football team during the next season when he was no longer working with the Bucs.

Schiano invited Cook and I to lunch during the 2014 season to catch up and said he thought long and hard about our meeting in November 2013, and how he learned the importance of keeping the media dialed in and informed to the inner workings of the football team. He didn’t feel the need to do that at Rutgers, but that the media had grown in importance over the years and he failed to recognize its impact. Schiano told us he spent part of the year following his firing traveling to New England to visit Bill Belichick, and around college campuses seeking out advice on what the successful coaches do in order to improve as coaches, including a stop at Alabama where Nick Saban gave him some great advice.

I’ve always maintained that that the win-loss column gets coaches fired, not the Sunday column in the sports section – or on PewterReport.com. But sometimes having some allies in the media that can report what is really going on at One Buccaneer Place can help buy a coach who is dealing with extenuating circumstances more time to get things turned around. Instead, Schiano had enemies in Tampa.

Trust me, the Freeman situation was full of extenuating circumstances.

Former Bucs head coach Greg Schiano - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Former Bucs head coach Greg Schiano – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

I’m not saying that Schiano should or should not have been given another year. What’s done is done. But I do wonder what would have happened had Schiano shed some light on to what was happening behind the scenes to the media – if he would have been given a reprieve or not.

I’m not telling you any of this because of any possible influence I’ve had on Schiano moving forward. I’m saying this because when I finally got to know him, I found him to be an honest, caring individual. When I reached out to him on the phone for some advice before our 2015 Pop Warner season, Schiano invited me and my head coach out to his house where he spent two hours with us, going over all of his teaching videos on takeaways and some defensive drills from his days at Rutgers and Tampa Bay. Then he gave us all of those videos on a hard drive to review with our other coaches on the way out the door.

I was quite surprised. Schiano was incredibly gracious with his time, and he didn’t owe me anything. He was just a football coach who genuinely wanted to help my youth football team out.

Yes, Schiano had his micromanaging, egotistical, tyrannical ways around One Buccaneer Place, and treated some of the employees, fellow coaches and players worse than he intended to. In speaking to him several times since 2013 I believe his firing undoubtedly humbled him.

In my texts with him since he’s been at Ohio State, I sense that he’s grown immensely from who he was as the former Bucs’ coach. I think when he gets his next opportunity to be a head coach in college – which is what he wants to do – I think Schiano will treat people around him better and have a much better working relationship with the media.

I’ve found that Schiano is just as eager as a learner as he is as a teacher. In a lot of ways, he’s the Boy Scout he looks like with his clean-cut appearance and closely cropped military-style haircut.

I have no idea whether or not Schiano witnessed Sandusky molesting a young boy in the showers. But if he says he didn’t, I’m inclined to believe him. I think Schiano would have reported it if he ever saw it happen at Penn State. In fact, as a father, and as a guy who once challenged former second-round pick Brian Price to a fight after the former UCLA standout got in Schiano’s face at One Buc Place, I believe had Schiano seen any abuse of a child he would have kicked Sandusky’s ass on the spot.

Even armed with all he learned from his time in Tampa Bay and recently at Ohio State under Urban Meyer, I think Schiano, a guy from the northeast, wouldn’t have been a good fit at southern school like Tennessee. I think Volunteers fans sensed that from the get-go and didn’t want their school to hire Schiano. That’s understandable.

As SI.com’s Andy Staples accurately pointed out, a lot of times an athletic director will put out a trial balloon in the media to gauge interest from the fan base in potential coaching candidates before any contracts are drafted and hires made. Thinking he was smarter than everybody else, athletic director John Currie bungled the hiring of Butch Jones’ replacement by electing not to do this.

Former Bucs head coach Greg Schiano - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Former Bucs head coach Greg Schiano – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Currie used to be the A.D. at Kansas State and his meddling, micromanaging ways ran popular basketball coach Frank Martin out of town to South Carolina where he took the Gamecocks to their first Final Four this past spring. Currie also infuriated legenday K-State head coach Bill Snyder and his son, Sean, who is the director of football operations and special teams coordinator that basically runs the program for his 78-year old dad, on many occasions. I’m not surprised that so many quality candidates have turned down the Tennessee job because of Currie’s involvement.

It’s one thing for fans to object to Tennessee hiring Schiano, which the Volunteers Internet mob did, but to do so over what are very likely false accusations is just plain wrong. Schiano got a raw deal.

I hope the Tennessee incident doesn’t scare off another major university from hiring Schiano. Despite his failings here in Tampa Bay, the bet here is that he succeeds as a college head coach the next time around if he goes to the right situation – and the Internet mob that is clinging to double hearsay leaves well enough alone.

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30 COMMENTS

  1. Uncle stan this whole first page

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  2. Interesting how you mention Bill Clinton and his half dozen accusers but not the 13 women who have accused our current president.

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    • Yes, I was going to say the same thing, Skipper… But, that’s how Scott rolls.

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  3. I believe if Schiano walked in on that shower scene he would’ve put a stop to it. No way Schiano the man, father turns his back on something like that. I didn’t like him as a coach, like I don’t like Koetter as a coach. However I don’t know any of these players, or coaches personally so when I post a comment it’s strickly from what I see on the field. I hope all fans feel the same way, and hate this guy, or that guy should never be part of the conversation.

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    • Surferdudes; exactly. I know I have no hate in my thoughts regardless how it comes out in my poor grammar reply’s; I believe many of us are this way.

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  4. Truth. What Tennessee and it’s “fans” did to Greg Schiano is as disgusting and shameful a smear I’ve seen in some time. Say what you will about Greg, and I happen to believe he’s a good man who deserved another year when he was fired for the awful St. Lovie, but no man should have been subjected to this kind of public personal attack on his character.

    Frankly it will be my pleasure to see Tennessee lose for years to come for this disgraceful outrage. F’ em.

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  5. Scott good Article. I don’t know if we can afford to pick up a RB until the 3rd round as we need OL and DL help too; probably 2 DE’s. I’ll keep preaching the need to trade a player or two where we have depth in order to pick up more draft picks. We have done a poor job in Free Agency and that hasn’t help either, but Coaching is where the main problem lies. I think Licht gets a one year pass. I still can’t get around the thought the Glazer’s would have anything to do with Gruden. I hope they try another up and coming NFL DC or OC. Just my thoughts.

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  6. I love Rashaad Penny. If we take a DE in the 1st round, do you think he will be available in the 2nd round? With all those great stats it seems like he could go in the 1st round. If he falls to us in the 2nd round i would take him in a heartbeat. We could really use a runner like him and hes great at returning punts/kickoffs. Kerryon Johnson looks good too. Whatever happens in the draft we need to take a dynamic all around RB in the 2nd or 3rd.

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  7. Enjoyed the RB analysis. Doug’s history and other than Barber we don’t have a future. I agree with Horse we can’t lose focus on Edge Rusher an OL, but if a decent back falls or last till RD3 we need to go after him. Things still a little unsettled about where we will pick. I believe we need to win often and well for our last five games and evaluate everyone on the roster.

    Call me old school but I don’t want Gruden. The Buc’s don’t have a Tony Dungy built team that he can win with. If he wants back into coaching I am sure owners like Jerry Jones will be interested. While I believe Koetter and Smith need to improve I can’t see another 2 yr Turnover. No one will want to have anything to do with Glazers and The Buc’s. I say build on what we have, add a few more pieces and be patient.

    Every play is designed to score with, players who drop passes, miss assignments, and draw penalties cause questions regarding play calling. QB’s can audible out of plays if the defense shifts, so play calling is not totally on Koetter. I have no problem with him assigning it to another coach, but I am tired of everyone blaming him for player mistakes.

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  8. Okay, I’ll bite on the Schiano is a good man deal. One thing I’ve learned as a man is that the best thing someone can say about you is that you’re a good man. That means a lot. With that being said, just because you’re a good man, doesn’t make you a good coach, or head coach for that matter. I’ve said it many times, I love Monte Kiffin because he knew his role, he knew what he was good at, and he did it at the top of the game for 10 years right here.

    Can’t say I was thrilled with Fab 1 but I guess I can see how you had to get that off your chest…

    The best was the piece on my man Stocker. Loved that kid and I hope he gets to where he wants to be after playing.

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  9. Kind of off-topic, but I’m still trying to figure out why you use the words “serviced by” and not “sponsored by” when referring to DGD. I assume that you are referring to the 33rd definition of “service” which is “to supply with aid, information, or other incidental services”. Anyhow, even with that, I always enjoy reading them.

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  10. No coments on Schiano.
    When it comes to the draft the Bucs can not fill all the holes on the Defensive line and Offensive line in one draft.

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  11. Showing your politics again, Scott:

    “his accusers were slut-shamed by the media that was sympathetic to Clinton’s politics”

    That is absolute BS. Those women were not slut shamed by the media as I recall. That’s the thing with you right wingers — you’re always making up #FakeNews about how the “liberal” media makes excuses for democrats or liberals that they actually don’t. If anything, it’s the right wing outlets that are the most shameful in their acceptance of bad behavior (sexual or other criminal) based on politics — FuxNuze had Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly… They’ve ignored Don Dump’s extensive sexual misbehavior and I’m betting they’ve gone pretty easy on Roy Moore (I can’t stand to watch to find out)… You right wingers are living in a fantasy world. Also, why was this inserted into the story anyway, AS ITS OWN PARAGRAPH? No bias here, right? No spin zone? Hahahaha, right… And don’t mistake anything I’m saying as dismissing Clinton’s escapades as president… But, ya know, he was president 17 years ago… And we now have a serial predator as president and it goes uncommented by right wingers like you. Seriously. Blinders on. Bet FuxNuze doesn’t mention Trump’s many accusers (they’re all lying, right?)… Keep spewing nonsense.

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    • I do find it funny that Scott throws his politics around, some intentionally, some unintentionally, then gets outraged when Gerald McCoy or Mike Evans expresses any political thought.

      So it’s cool if you let your right-wing politics show on a Bucs site but if an NFL player like Mike Evans or Gerald McCoy does the same, and particularly one you don’t agree with you find ways to express your “ALL CAPS” opinion.

      It’s the height of hypocrisy Scott, but that’s your right. Just like it’s Gerald’s and Mike’s right to say and stand for things you don’t agree with as their views are no more relevant to playing football for an NFL team as your views covering it for an NFL covering publisher 😉

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      • I’d love to see Scott respond, but now that he’s been called out as a Hannity-level propagandist, he’ll probably blame Obama.

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        • It’s unfortunate for Scott that he’s espoused his beliefs in enough ways that he’s pigeonholed into this MAGA cap wearing, FN viewer, but he hasn’t left much to the imagination.

          Much like his favorite president who has seen 4 subordinates face charges or plead guilty due to a Russian investigation run by and appointed by Republicans, Scott has made his bed and now he can lie in it 😀

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  12. ON football matters… If Schiano learned (1) how to deal with media more cooperatively, and (2) how to not be a constant hardass, I think he’ll end up being a very successful HC with a top D1 program. Could end up back in the pros, and I think he will succeed. He was dealt a bad hand here and then made some of his own mistakes… But remember how great his run defense was in year 1 with the Bucs… There were some positives going on that got washed out with some of the Freeman distractions, in addition to MRSA, and some questionable draft picks by Dominik. Would’ve been better to keep him around another year than to hire Lovie Smith. but we get Licht out of that change and he’s a better GM than Dominik… Anyway, hindsight…

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    • Couldn’t agree more. I wasn’t a big fan of Schianos offense but our defense was hard hitting and smart. Problem was they were always on the field and got gassed by an inconsistent offense that hated each other in the locker room. Remember that Carolina game where we held them to 12 total rushing yards as a team?? Carolinas gonna run ALL OVER this team this year, just watch.

      Under Schiano, we were tough. We hit you in the mouth. I didn’t like the Goldson pick up, but for Christsake the man talked REVIS into coming here. The right kind of players bought into Schiano. But he had a team full of brats.

      But the past is the past. Looking ahead, I really hate Koetter at this point because he makes so many dumb fuck coaching decisions but I think he needs a full year as just a head coach. Being an offensive coordinator was his “thing” but he needs to grow and take the next step, just as he’s asking his players to do. I think he’d be a good HC. You could see the players actually liked him and trusted him during that won streak last year. But he tainted that trust by trying to do too much. He can win it back by stepping back and letting the assistants do their jobs.

      I also think we should keep Licht. Come on Glazers, thus past offseason was the best hype and feeling we’ve had for Tampa in a long time. Even Raheem Morris’ 10-6 “youngry” team didn’t win over the national media like we did last year. We were darlings. It’s time to trust the guys that put you in the spot, and get rid of the ones who are actively destroying it (Mike Smith, Jay Hayes, whoever the hell our defensive backs coach is)

      Clean house on the defense and bring in someone aggresive. Mike Smith talked all offseason about multiple looks. Apparently he only meant multiple by switching between cover 4 and cover 2. He only started cover 1 and 3-3-5 once the fans started calling out plays from the sidelines lol.

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  13. Schiano is a proven a-hole and scumbag to many people over his football career. Fact.
    Yet Scott wholly presumes his innocence from testimony based on a night of sharing: a family dinner, some football tape, good ole boy values, and fear of the same the god.
    The times we live in.

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  14. Say what you want about Schiano, but he’s the only coach that knew how to get the most out of Lavonte David’s talent!

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  15. Scott after all the political crap you’ve stirred up over the years on a website that’s supposed to be about football, to bring it up at all yet again I have lost all respect for you.

    As many times you’ve angered your customers pushing your politics on them, were you my employee I’d fire you for it. Post your political bull cap on your Facebook page and keep your political opinions off our damn Bucs site.

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    • Ironically Scott has the toughest time when football players express their own thoughts (as they happen to diverge from his own despite being no more an appropriate a setting than Scott using this platform).

      But I have yet to read a post yet that hasn’t implicated Scott’s politics as they happen to be, Fox-&-Friends-Right-Wing-BS. It is what it is, I’d love to talk politics with Scott someday. I just don’t know how appropriate a Bucs board is for it though 😛

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  16. The Glazer’s gave us fans a raw deal when hired Schiano.

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  17. Good timing on featuring R.B.’s in this Fab 5. With the college championships this weekend you gave us a clue on who to watch for. I like college backs who split carries with other backs during their careers. Like Michel, and Chubb. I like the Penny kid because he faced lesser competition therefore I believe has less wear, and tear. I’d stay away from Johnson from Auburn. The kids shoulder is messed up. He shouldn’t have continued against Bama, and I don’t think he should even play this weekend, but will, and do further damage. As for our stable of backs, I would’ve moved on from Martin, Sims, Quiz before this season. I got hammered for stating such, a lot of Martin love out there, but in a R.B. loaded draft how good would Kamara look right about now? So Martin is washed up, why not cut him, and bring in some P.S. backs for try outs? Do we even have one on our own P.S.? If not, further proof Licht is not a good G.M..

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  18. I think complimentary duo RBs are better than a three down do it all back aka bellcow. Right now the Bucs need a slasher to add to Rodgers, Barber and Sims. Martin’s future is unknown at this point.

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  19. Are memories really that short…Greg SchiaNo a good coach? Have we forgotten:
    – “half time is for a taking a dump not making adjustments”
    – his ‘strategy’ (a term I use incredibly loosely) of throwing around time outs whenever he felt like have another conversation, leaving us constrained in time management game after game
    – whatever the heck he was doing with Freeman…I don’t care how big of a mess Freeman may or may not have been, SchiaNo ended it on the field that’s for sure – taking any chance of Dominik trading him for something off the table and leaving us with Glennon
    – his cadre of 27 assistants and whatever the heck they were supposed to be doing – what a waste.
    – you mentioned his draft input and then somehow totally excuse it…why?
    – his record…as Love said, “you are what your record says you are”…a bad coach!

    Come on man!

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  20. I feel like the RB question is being discussed backwards. Fixing the oline will suddenly make all our RBs look so much better when they’re not being hit in the backfield. I don’t think Martin has any lack of talent whatsoever or anything like that.

    Would have rather seen a column focused more on scouting Oline than RBs in that sense.

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  21. I have to agree with Matador Mark, keep your right wing leanings out of the sports section so I don’t have to spend time correcting you.
    As an earlier writer noted, you speak of the women who were “slut shamed” by Clinton’s staff, who, as almost everyone will rememberby a tight group of well funded right wing groups intent on destorying President Clinton.
    Yet you conveinently forget about the mass of women who accused your glorious leader, the traitorous racist Donald Trump, of sexually assaulting them.
    Not only that, but Trump actually admitted to it, but also peeping on young underage teenage girls during his beauty contests.
    What a big fat pig.
    I also found it the height of irony, the moralistic Ken Starr was eventually run out of Baylor for ignoring and trying to cover up the rapes of coeds on his campus by players on the football team.
    Now on to Schiano.
    I never believed Schiano ruined Freeman’s career because basically there was nothing in it for him but the unemployment line if he did.
    Freeman ruined Freeman’s career from what i heard from a couple of reliable sources in your industry by partying way to much. So much that the Bucs were so concerned about it they went out and drafted Glennon.
    I remember the Jets game where the Bucs were penalized twice for delay of game on the same series because the headset in the helmet was broken.
    Schiano, for some strange reason, was blamed for that whereas I blamed Freeman who also missed the team bus to the game that morning I believe.
    He must have been n one hell of a bender that Freeman couldn;t een call a QB sneak to keep from getting a penalty.
    As for wanting a RB that is just fine but like most people believe out here, where is he going to run to if the current OL stays in place.
    This is the smae logic you used two years ago when you were dancing around calling for the Bucs to draft Hargreaves.
    The game starts in the trenches.
    I don;t care if you have four Deion Sanders and Jim Brown in the backfield, it isn’t going to mean spit if the QB has all day to throw while drinking a cup of joe and defenders are hanging on to the RB when he gets the handoff.

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  22. I have to agree with Matador, Mark, please keep your uber right wing philosophy off the sports section so I don’t have to spend time setting the record straight.
    You speak of the women who were slut shamed by Clinton’s staff, but conveniently leave out they were all recruited ad funded

    by a tight group of well funded right wing groups intent on destorying President Clinton.
    Yet you conveinently forget about the mass of women who accused your glorious leader, the traitorous racist Donald Trump, of sexually assaulting them.
    Not only that, but Trump actually admitted to it, but also peeping on young underage teenage girls during his beauty contests.
    What a big fat pig.
    I also found it the height of irony, the moralistic Ken Starr was eventually run out of Baylor for ignoring and trying to cover up the rapes of coeds on his campus by players on the football team.
    Now on to Schiano.
    I never believed Schiano ruined Freeman’s career because basically there was nothing in it for him but the unemployment line if he did.
    Freeman ruined Freeman’s career from what i heard from a couple of reliable sources in your industry by partying way to much. So much that the Bucs were so concerned about it they went out and drafted Glennon.
    I remember the Jets game where the Bucs were penalized twice for delay of game on the same series because the headset in the helmet was broken.
    Schiano, for some strange reason, was blamed for that whereas I blamed Freeman who also missed the team bus to the game that morning I believe.
    He must have been n one hell of a bender that Freeman couldn;t een call a QB sneak to keep from getting a penalty.
    As for wanting a RB that is just fine but like most people believe out here, where is he going to run to if the current OL stays in place.
    This is the smae logic you used two years ago when you were dancing around calling for the Bucs to draft Hargreaves.
    The game starts in the trenches.
    I don;t care if you have four Deion Sanders and Jim Brown in the backfield, it isn’t going to mean spit if the QB has all day to throw while drinking a cup of joe and defenders are hanging on to the RB when he gets the handoff.

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  23. Sorry I missed this Fab 5! This is FREAKING HILARIOUS!!! Schianopoleon got a RAW DEAL??????

    I’m just waiting for Scott to start telling us what a rotten deal Clown Donald is getting from Robert Mueller and the 19 different women that have accused him of sexual assault. We shouldn’t have to wait too long. lol

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