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Greg Schiano: We’ll get it fixed

Davin Joseph, Greg Schiano AP

For the second straight week, the Buccaneers lost on a field goal in the final seconds by the opposition and, also for the second straight week, their loss came after making a mountain of unforced errors in the 59-plus minutes leading up to the fateful kick.

There were 10 penalties this time, down from 13 in the opener against the Jets, and multiple timeouts burned as the team failed to get the right players on the field in a timely manner against the Saints. The mix of disorganization and indiscipline was too much to overcome and coach Greg Schiano vowed after the game that the the team would get things on a better path.

“It’s very disappointing, and, again, it falls on me. It’s my job to make sure that our staff and our players understand those procedural things, and I’m not getting it done,” Schiano said in his postgame press conference. “I’m going to get it done, and we will get it done. I’ll get my staff, and we’ll all get it fixed, and the players — we’ll get it fixed. This is a good football team. We’ll be back.”

It’s hard not to try to draw a line from a week of players only meetings and innuendo about Schiano’s relationship with the team to such a chaotic performance on Sunday, especially since it mimicked so closely what happened in Week One, but the glass is half-full group could also say that the team has sabotaged itself over and over and still lost two games by a combined three points. The defense shut down Drew Brees for almost the entire game Sunday and Doug Martin found his footing in the ground game, so cleaning things up even a little bit would make a significant difference for Tampa.

If Schiano can do that, there are 14 weeks left for the Bucs to change the story. If he can’t, he’s already told you who should take the blame.

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52 Responses to “Greg Schiano: We’ll get it fixed”
  1. bringbackkosar says: Sep 16, 2013 7:14 AM

    Not ripping your starting QB in public would be a good start – at least until he has some credibility as an NFL head coach. That may not ever happen it looks like

  2. tincansailor981 says: Sep 16, 2013 7:15 AM

    The fix is to fire Schiano – but please don’t do that! The rest of the NFC South really, really likes him.

  3. prosourcetalk says: Sep 16, 2013 7:20 AM

    Go back to college Schiano, you lack discipline!

  4. bcajun says: Sep 16, 2013 7:20 AM

    Hard faught game glad we won but the bucs are better than advertised

  5. mrbigass says: Sep 16, 2013 7:27 AM

    Wow, I have never seen a coach more over his head than this guy……..

  6. westampa says: Sep 16, 2013 7:30 AM

    If the Glaziers would have spent the kind of money they spent the past few off seasons when Gruden was here, Bucs are in playoffs every year.

  7. johnnyb612 says: Sep 16, 2013 7:32 AM

    Mmmmm… Not likely.

  8. logast says: Sep 16, 2013 7:55 AM

    Your team lacks discipline. That starts with the head coach, and the rest of his staff. Committing that many penalties? Bush league at best. The Tampa D is physical and scary good. Imagine if they could play without the mental errors.

  9. therealhazer says: Sep 16, 2013 8:00 AM

    They’ll win the South.

  10. notoriousbuc says: Sep 16, 2013 8:11 AM

    Mmmmm Gruden made Antonio Bryant look like a Pro Bow WR. Wonder what he could have done with VJax and Dougie?

  11. cappa662 says: Sep 16, 2013 8:15 AM

    Won’t fix it until you drop Freeman and pay a real QB like Jay Cutler to come in.

  12. noobbloghaxor22 says: Sep 16, 2013 8:16 AM

    Relax – Schiano is a fine head coach. The team is still extremely young barring a few veterans that were signed in the last two years. If our offense could get a few drives going thing would have been a lot different yesterday.

    The onus for this should not only be on Schiano but on Freeman and Mike Sullivan as well. Our defense has kept both of our first two opponents to under 16 points. Get the offense going again and the team will be winning.

  13. laughingwillow says: Sep 16, 2013 8:17 AM

    How about canning the 30th ranked QB in the league? In his 5th year, Gosh Freetard cannot scan a defense, cannot avoid delay of games, cannot pass accurately, cannot learn to avoid throwing late, into double coverage, off his back foot. 150 yards passing against the Saints. With 2 inexcusable turnovers. One (45 yard) scoring drive. Really? Get it over with, put in the rookie, move on.

  14. thepigiron says: Sep 16, 2013 8:21 AM

    The coach is Broke

  15. Patskrieg dot com says: Sep 16, 2013 8:26 AM

    Anyone else reminded of when Mike Singletary coached the 49ers? Talent all around him but way more concerned with looking like a tough guy and trying to make asinine points to his players?

  16. uglyglazers says: Sep 16, 2013 8:30 AM

    If the Glazers just sold the team, maybe this city would have a team they could be proud of. Ever since his kids took over the team, it has been a disaster and a disgrace to this city. Remember, the city paid for 100% of the stadium. We should have the right to vote on new ownership!

  17. houseofbacon says: Sep 16, 2013 8:34 AM

    Our defense was lights out, No Fly Zone in full effect and we’re 2 plays from what would be a surprising 2-0 start.

    2 plays different, and nobody is talking about benching the quarterback or discipline issues.

  18. h8glazersgobucs says: Sep 16, 2013 8:36 AM

    Tell Schiano to take a walk. Toes off the property! He may be suspended after walking on the field after he instructed his players to hit defenseless receivers helmet to helmet. Maybe the league needs to investigate the guys dirty tactics. Can they fine the coach? They should! Send him back to Bush League!

  19. crazemastercraze says: Sep 16, 2013 8:41 AM

    Must be pretty awesome to get paid millions of dollar to completely suck at your job.

  20. godofwine330 says: Sep 16, 2013 8:56 AM

    Yes, I was hopinf for a Saints win yesterday. I don’t like this guy. he won nothing in college, had a sub-500 record in college and then wants to bully players. Did the team need discipline? Yes, but this guy is over the top, alienating his players taking the confidence from his QB.

    Under Schiano Freeman’s play has regressed, dropping to 54.8% completions last year after 61.4 & 62.8 the previous 2 seasons. Then he takes the C from him? His confidence is in the sewer right now, and that doesn’t make for a good performance on the field.

    Harbaugh stomped for Alex Smith. As soon as he got there the first thing he did was say that Alex Smith was his guy. Then the team drafted Kaepernick and he said Alex Smith was his guy. Then he met with Peyton Manning and afterward denied it and said again Smith is my guy. Doing so got Alex Smith the best 1.5 seasons of his career. Schiano played it wrong. Even if he didn’t want him he should have played it better. Now, he has lost the team and will likely be out at seasons end if the team has half a brain.

  21. rudegger says: Sep 16, 2013 8:57 AM

    Jim Zorn 2.0

  22. skippynj says: Sep 16, 2013 9:05 AM

    He’s awful. Hope he’s around a long time in the NFC South.

  23. natijim235 says: Sep 16, 2013 9:13 AM

    no you won’t

  24. jimmywalker78 says: Sep 16, 2013 9:18 AM

    No Fly Zone in full effect??? Um yeah, Brews drenched you for over 300 yds in that so called no fly zone, imagine if the conditions had been ideal!

  25. ilovefoolsball says: Sep 16, 2013 9:22 AM

    “2 plays different, and nobody is talking about benching the quarterback or discipline issues.”

    It’s funny because that same thing can be said about many plays, players, coaches, teams etc

    But they didn’t make the plays to win the game. Plain and simple.
    Now they have to worry about the team giving up if they don’t beat the Patriots.

  26. shaggyjeff says: Sep 16, 2013 9:23 AM

    Freeman is not the problem , we gave the saints 9 first downs .

    3rd and 6 and we run the ball. We had 2 plays to get a first down and NOT give drew Bree’s the ball …

    Prevent defense prevents winning !

  27. Mygoldtooth says: Sep 16, 2013 9:44 AM

    3 years later and now you’re gonna get it fixed?

    Uh, no you won’t. I feel bad for TB fans having to deal with this boneheaded coach who’s in over his head so much he doesn’t even know the rules. (“They brought their trainer out!”) ??

    As terrible as the Saints played, and still get a division win on the road–that’s what the difference is between winners and losers.

  28. bucrightoff says: Sep 16, 2013 9:56 AM

    For a guy known for his discipline (allegedly), its a pretty undisciplined team. The Black hit in particular was an unacceptable cheap shot that kept a drive alive (that the defense ultimately stopped thankfully).

  29. phrancheyez says: Sep 16, 2013 10:07 AM

    “The defense shut down Drew Brees for almost the entire game Sunday…”

    What? Were we watching the same game? I mean yeah, Drew threw two really bad interceptions, but they shut him down? He had 322 yards in the air, and one of his receivers (tight ends) had over 150 yards..if that’s shut down, well I must be clueless.

    The Saints Defense, however, shut down Tampa Bay’s air game for 59 plus minutes. That did happen, and our defense is looking quite promising.

    Honestly, it looked like the only Buccaneers who wanted to win were Vincent Jackson and Doug Martin. Those guys are what I call ‘studs’, a term I don’t use even close to half as much as most football heads.

    All that said, our offense still had problems, and we still got lucky to win the game. But Drew Brees was, by no means, shut down. You should watch the games you write about, not just write about them after hearing what other people who only watched highlight reels said.

  30. bucforever says: Sep 16, 2013 10:25 AM

    Penalties lost the game AGAIN! So FIX IT coach. FAST!

  31. azarkhan says: Sep 16, 2013 10:34 AM

    Fortunately the Bucs play a team next Sunday that can’t score, the Patriots.

  32. goawayeverybody says: Sep 16, 2013 10:52 AM

    In reality, the Buccaneers could easily be 2-0 right now.

    But I’m soooooooo glad they’re not!

  33. mdd913 says: Sep 16, 2013 10:54 AM

    Schiano reminds me of Jim Haslett as a head coach. Always screaming at the refs, running around cursing and yelling like a caveman. And for all his tough talk he doesn’t hold his players accountable for their actions on the field. That team is a disorganized mess.

  34. coltzfan166 says: Sep 16, 2013 10:58 AM

    Yeah when a new head coach takes over

  35. scaredhitless says: Sep 16, 2013 11:17 AM

    $18 million will get you a great corner back, but not a leader.

  36. mdd913 says: Sep 16, 2013 11:31 AM

    For a guy known for his discipline (allegedly), its a pretty undisciplined team. The Black hit in particular was an unacceptable cheap shot that kept a drive alive (that the defense ultimately stopped thankfully).

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    Schiano’s “discipline” image is bunk. He could’ve yelled at Ahmad Black yesterday for blatantly trying to take out Graham’s head, but did he do that? No. He instead yelled at the refs because Graham didn’t come out of the game, because he didn’t even know the rulebook!

    Sort of makes you wonder if he didn’t tell their guys to take Graham out of the game in the first place, huh?

    Bucs had more dirty headhunting plays in that one game than the Saints had in their entire supposed “bounty” era. Where’s the justice, Goodell?

  37. tampamac says: Sep 16, 2013 11:36 AM

    To everyone bashing Schiano, some is warranted, some is not. The stupid penalties like illegal formations and confusion with the playcalls, totally on Schiano. Freeman going 9-22 with a rookie-like backfoot throw into double coverage are not. Don’t know how many watched the broadcast of the game, but when Freeman skipped a pass to Ogletree’s feet on a 3rd down play, Schiano was pinching the bridge of his nose in the universal sign of frustration. At that point, he lost all trust and confidence in Freeman which is why they ran on 3rd and 6 when needing 1 first down to win the game. At this point, Freeman is Jason Campbell 2.0- All the ability, but boneheaded decisions he seems incapable of correcting as a fifth year starter. So from a diehard Bucs fan, the causes for the loss are in this order–

    1. Freeman’s inability to create consistent offense.

    2. Schiano’s lack of adequately preparing the team for on field adversity.

    3. Stupid, correctable penalties.

  38. sandersmarcus10 says: Sep 16, 2013 11:37 AM

    1st fix – stop being an A-HOLE COACH!!

  39. cheapglazers says: Sep 16, 2013 11:40 AM

    Schiano should be suspended. His style of coaching and headhunting is no longer part of this game!

  40. thetruthcampaign says: Sep 16, 2013 11:49 AM

    If he does, Jim Schwartz needs to cheat off of his homework.

  41. buccaboo says: Sep 16, 2013 12:14 PM

    He is micro managing this team to death!
    Leave the offense alone, those guys hate their jobs.

  42. mattseas says: Sep 16, 2013 12:42 PM

    The Bucs have a lot of young talent, but need some more experience at both the coaching and players level. Revis really made an impact not just covering his guys but helping his unit shut down the other receivers. If only they could cover a TE and have an organized offense that can line up in a legal formation and snap the ball on time they could win some games. A good coach or a QB with leadership would not allow those offense miscues to happen.

  43. thegregwitul says: Sep 16, 2013 12:59 PM

    tampamac hit the nail on the head. It’s not all on Schiano. The reaction to Freeman’s weak pass attempt said everything you needed to know about what is wrong with this team; Josh Freeman is not developing, if anything he’s regressing, and in today’s NFL, where you have guys like Russell Wilson and even EJ Manuel step in and look like superstars and confident leaders, Freeman has continued to regress, and this goes back to Raheem Morris’s last season on the team.

    In 2010, Josh Freeman looked to be a budding superstar; led the youngest team in the NFL starting nine rookies and employing the youngest head coach to ten wins and was nearly perfect in doing so; under ten INTs and five or six fourth quarter comebacks. Freeman looked cool and confident. From 2011 to yesterday, Freeman has looked erractic at best; last season he had a stretch of five or six games where he looked like a top ten QB, but as of his last eight or nine games he’s looked a lot like Mark Sanchez and he has to own that.

    Watch the reaction on Greg Schiano’s face when Freeman threw the errant pass late in the game to Ogletree, the man basically facepalmed in frustration. The defense looks great, Revis is earning his money shutting down whoever he’s covering, the pass rush exists and the LBs are playing like superstars. To hold the Saints under 20 points is impressive, any way you slice it. Losing the game because you are forced to go ultra conservative late stinks, but Freeman has to prove he can be that guy, and lately he’s been anything but.

  44. trspat says: Sep 16, 2013 1:15 PM

    You go for the 1 yard on fourth down and end the game! Even if you make the 47 yard field goal, I’ve watched enough of this and every other saints games to know that they score a game winning touchdown with help of a pass interference or some lucky bounce anyway.

  45. trspat says: Sep 16, 2013 1:17 PM

    You go for the 1 yard on fourth down and end the game! Even if you make the 47 yard field goal, I’ve watched enough of this and every other saints games to know that they score a game winning touchdown with help of a pass interference or some lucky bounce anyway :(

  46. trilbilly says: Sep 16, 2013 1:18 PM

    What do ya know! Turns out Josh Freeman is a fairly decent Quarterback on a badly coached team.

  47. thehuddleisondeathrow says: Sep 16, 2013 1:29 PM

    Schiano is the problem & he needs to go. Josh has shown he can be a productive player when he is working with a coaching staff he trusts. Pat Shurmur for next Bucs coach! Go BUCS!!

  48. orivar says: Sep 16, 2013 1:38 PM

    Patskrieg dot com says:
    Sep 16, 2013 8:26 AM
    Anyone else reminded of when Mike Singletary coached the 49ers? Talent all around him but way more concerned with looking like a tough guy and trying to make asinine points to his players?
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    There was a positive that came out of that though. After he blew up on Vernon Davis, he became a team player. Remember Vernon was a diva before then and had a huge complex. Mike Singletary didn’t have success on the field much but he got the players in line which then lead to Harbaugh’s success. Also was the first one who gave Alex Smith a vote of confidence which lead to him starting to play better towards the end of the year before Singletary was fired.

  49. slk018 says: Sep 16, 2013 1:46 PM

    You Aints fans sure are dumb.
    You keep clamoring on about, “The Bucs didn’t shut us down, Brees had 300 yards”
    If you haven’t noticed everyone in the NFL throws for 300 yards nowadays. Hell Rogers had almost 500, and Luck had 400 in a loss.
    Yes the Bucs did shut down your shell of an offense. You scored 16 points and snuck out a cheap win bc the Bucs missed a fg and made bonehead plays all day.
    Saints 2-0 and a 2 plays away from 0-2. Does the league know Katrina was a long time ago, they don’t need to make the Saints win anymore??

  50. thestrategyexpert says: Sep 16, 2013 2:23 PM

    This guy is the Coach of the Year if he gets it fixed. I just think he has a lousy roster mix and that this is not a good football team. I know a good football team when I see one, and this does not qualify.

  51. thepftpaperchase says: Sep 16, 2013 3:11 PM

    trspat says: Sep 16, 2013 1:17 PM

    You go for the 1 yard on fourth down and end the game! Even if you make the 47 yard field goal, I’ve watched enough of this and every other saints games to know that they score a game winning touchdown with help of a pass interference or some lucky bounce anyway
    __________________________________

    I’m pretty sure it was 4th and 3. There was a lot of speculation that the Bucs perhaps should have punted, rather than try a long field goal.

  52. packersarethebest says: Sep 16, 2013 7:13 PM

    Is it me or this guy looks like he’s way in over his head?

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