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Schiano is done talking about the quarterback change

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On Wednesday, Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano made the inevitable-yet-stunning decision to change quarterbacks, benching Josh Freeman and inserting rookie Mike Glennon.

On Thursday, Schiano didn’t want to talk about the decision again.

“Yesterday I spent like the entire time on Josh [Freeman] and Mike [Glennon] and the quarterback change.  Today I’m gonna stick to Arizona, Bucs.  Josh practiced today, [he] did his job.  And [I’ll] leave it at that,” Schiano said.  (Thanks to JoeBucsFan.com for the head’s up.)

But some stories last more than a day, and the question Schiano refused to answer — regarding Freeman’s new role and what Schiano said to him about the change — is a legitimate one.

While Schiano has no obligation by league rule to answer the question, he’s entitled to be criticized for refusing to talk about the one thing everyone in Tampa is talking about.

It’s a big deal for the franchise, and the media is entitled to pose far tougher questions than “What did you say to Josh?”  For example, are you giving up on the 2013 season by going with the rookie?  Have any veterans or team captains complained to you about the move?  Did you bench Freeman now to ensure he didn’t win on Sunday and essentially prevent a bye-week benching?  Are you trying to save your job for 2014 by getting enough production from Glennon by late December to create plausible hope for 2014?

Was Carson Palmer pursued in the offseason, as Palmer claims?  Why wasn’t Freeman traded in the offseason?  Will he be traded now?  Cut?

Schiano likely would have found a way not to answer those questions.  But even Col. Nathan Jessup eventually cracked.

In this specific case, there’s a lot of truth to still be discovered.  For now, Schiano has done a great job of keeping anyone from pursuing it.  And if no one ever pushes it, he’ll never be at risk of making an admission along the lines of ordering the Code Red.

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46 Responses to “Schiano is done talking about the quarterback change”
  1. thepftpoet says: Sep 26, 2013 5:14 PM

    Once Josh gets cut from the team, he will officially be a “Freeman”

    I’m funny, right?

  2. historyisyourfriend says: Sep 26, 2013 5:15 PM

    Cue the inevitable angry Schiano tirade when [insert reporter here] asks him about the QB change following his “I’m done talking about the QB change” statement.

    I’m thinking it will be something along the lines of Green’s “Go ahead and crown them” podium slapping routine.

  3. realdealsteel says: Sep 26, 2013 5:16 PM

    This guy is crazy. Comes in with his Gestapo tactics and then when people have questions, he wants to shut down. When there are major changes at the most important position on the team, the media is going to ask questions. It won’t be long before he’s blown out anyway.

  4. onebucplace says: Sep 26, 2013 5:16 PM

    I wish he was done breathing, it would certainly be what’s best for the team.

  5. hardythekraken says: Sep 26, 2013 5:16 PM

    good, because everyone else is done hearing about it.

  6. mjzaky says: Sep 26, 2013 5:17 PM

    I bet he was rooting for Freeman to get hurt by their opponents when the Bucs lined up in their victory formatio— oh wait.

  7. mjzaky says: Sep 26, 2013 5:17 PM

    @thepftpoet I laughed. It takes a certain breed of fool to appreciate such tomfoolery. Lol

  8. cwhat32 says: Sep 26, 2013 5:22 PM

    “While Schiano has no obligation by league rule to answer the question, he’s entitled to be criticized for refusing to talk about the one thing everyone in Tampa is talking about.”

    …but he did talk about it, yesterday? All aboard the bash Schiano media train!

  9. goindy2006 says: Sep 26, 2013 5:24 PM

    This guy can’t even get halfway through the season without all the drama… Has to be worst coach in the league by far!!!

  10. 12444uggg says: Sep 26, 2013 5:24 PM

    This guy isn’t long for the NFL.

  11. thehuddleisondeathrow says: Sep 26, 2013 5:25 PM

    Dominik, fire this clown now & end this circus before you become the part of the act that gets cleaned up in the end!!

  12. jamesefallen says: Sep 26, 2013 5:26 PM

    “…are you giving up on the 2013 season by going with the rookie? Have any veterans or team captains complained to you about the move? Did you bench Freeman now to ensure he didn’t win on Sunday and essentially prevent a bye-week benching? Are you trying to save your job for 2014 by getting enough production from Glennon by late December to create plausible hope for 2014?”

    Do any coaches answer these questions?

  13. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Sep 26, 2013 5:26 PM

    Darrell Revis is “speechless”…

  14. stlluna7 says: Sep 26, 2013 5:26 PM

    I remember the drama surrounding then Trent Dilfer. Scribes from the Tampa Tribune and St. Pete Times were doing their part to speculate and I am sure Steve Duemig were bragging about their collective connections and how this and that source was telling him the ‘DL’.

    Afterall, this is all about the media and their continuous carping that drives coaches crazy. And by the way, it is not what the fans want but what they want fans to feel.

    So speculation may be just that, speculation! There is no obligation for coaches, team spokesmen or anyone else to answer too.

    It is my assertion that media are a bunch of bullies. From Trayvon Martin to Tiger Woods, it is just one big soap opera drama and I believe we all have better things to do with our times.

  15. selbyrj82 says: Sep 26, 2013 5:30 PM

    When a teams got talent elsewhere like the Bucs do, Im not typically one to favor tanking for a good draft pick but this situation to me screams that it’s exactly what would be best for them. They have no chance in that division. Tanking for a new Qb to compliment Martin, Jackson and company could pay off. Plus it could get Schiano, who seems to be nothing short of a bafoon, out of there as an added bonus.

    Sometimes teams with some but not enough talent tanking works out (see 2011 colts and Andrew Luck), and at the same time teams with some but not enough talent playing their best results in continued records of at or below 500 records- resulting in continued mediocre draft picks, resulting in further mediocrity (see the Bills, the Browns and the Rams for the last several years with the exception of EJ Manuel- I do think he will, with time, develop into a good pro).

  16. mark0226 says: Sep 26, 2013 5:31 PM

    Yeah, reporters could ask all those questions. And Schiano should answer like Belichick and we still wouldn’t know the answers.

  17. shadowcell says: Sep 26, 2013 5:33 PM

    And then when he is asked those questions, he’ll close his eyes at the podium, think “What would Bill Belichick do?” and then grumble at everyone until they leave.

  18. azarkhan says: Sep 26, 2013 5:33 PM

    What more is he supposed to say? He changed QB’s because of Freeman’s inaccuracy. It’s not like it’s the first time there has ever been a QB change in the NFL.

  19. thesmedman says: Sep 26, 2013 5:33 PM

    Time for TB to start talking about a HC change. Sometimes these “college guys” simply aren’t cut out for the NFL, because for them, it usually means “not for long”…

    And to think that they actually could’ve hired Marty Schottenheimer!

  20. bucrightoff says: Sep 26, 2013 5:34 PM

    How does Dominik stay employed by firing Schiano? That would make him 0-2 for coaches, with none of his first draft class (in 2009) still on the roster and a blown attempt at drafting a franchise QB. When Schiano goes so does Dominik, he cannot keep his job with a winning percentage close to Matt Millen.

  21. Paul says: Sep 26, 2013 5:36 PM

    In another four months, this article’s title will just be trimmed to “Schiano is done”

  22. sactogary says: Sep 26, 2013 5:37 PM

    Okay, okay. I’ll answer the questions. I can’t believe you even have to ask. For example, are you giving up on the 2013 season by going with the rookie?No, at this point I feel like Mike gives us the best chance to win. Have any veterans or team captains complained to you about the move?I don’t discuss private conversations in the media. Did you bench Freeman now to ensure he didn’t win on Sunday and essentially prevent a bye-week benching?No, I feel like Mike gives us the best chance to win. Are you trying to save your job for 2014 by getting enough production from Glennon by late December to create plausible hope for 2014?I’m trying to do what’s best for the team, and right now, I feel like Mike gives us the best chance to win.

    Was Carson Palmer pursued in the offseason, as Palmer claims? You’ll have to talk to the general manager about that. Why wasn’t Freeman traded in the offseason? You’ll have to talk to the general manager about that. Will he be traded now? I don’t know – that’s not my decision. Cut?I don’t know – that’s not my decision. There, that wasn’t so hard.

  23. bigrains says: Sep 26, 2013 5:39 PM

    Schiano is by far the worst coach in ALLL of sports. And not because of him not answering questions. It’s like he is purposely trying to act like a child and it’s astonishing to me. I don’t like anything the guy does.

  24. thestrategyexpert says: Sep 26, 2013 5:39 PM

    Done?! I highly doubt it. Not only will he talk about the QB position more in the future, but I suspect the topic will also haunt him while he sleeps for a very long time.

  25. schmitty2 says: Sep 26, 2013 5:40 PM

    You know it’s bad when you hear Buc’s fans complaining how they miss Rahim Morris.

  26. oilman989 says: Sep 26, 2013 5:41 PM

    A question for Mr. PFT: If the decision to make a change at the QB position was “inevitable” how on earth can it be “stunning?”

    As for Schiano: his my-way-or-the-highway approach is threadbare. His NFL obit is being written as we speak.

  27. akasaintsbaby says: Sep 26, 2013 5:43 PM

    I wonder if he will want to discuss the inevitable head coach change that is coming up soon? lol…

  28. wearethesteelers says: Sep 26, 2013 5:51 PM

    LOL

  29. pigskinaholic says: Sep 26, 2013 5:52 PM

    Freeman is better off elsewhere.. this team is such a mess and it starts at the management level.

    This OC / Play calling is more to blame than Freeman is.

    Schiano and Mike Sullivan continue to stick with an ultra-predictable ground attack and too many low percentage deep shots.

    I’m not a Freeman fanboy..I know he’s had a shaky start this year but believe me they weren’t doing him any favors.

    I have watched almost every single snap the Bucs have played for the last 15+ years and this is the most frustrated I have every been with the way this team has been handled.

    Glazer… Get out your wallet and BEG… beg.. Gruden to come back.

  30. scaredhitless says: Sep 26, 2013 5:56 PM

    When you get paid a large sum of money and produce little to no value it’s called….

    Being a Kardashian.

  31. pftfan says: Sep 26, 2013 5:59 PM

    What’s hysterical is if he tried this “I’m done talking” nonsense in the NYC media market, there would be no less than 3 back-pages with a cartoon of Schiano either as a monkey with the hand over his mouth or a chicken with his head cut off (or any other assortment of barn animals the gifted NYC tabloid artists are capable of conjuring up)

    That he can’t handle the TAMPA media market just goes to show you how in over his head he really is.

  32. uglyglazers says: Sep 26, 2013 5:59 PM

    You would have to be delusional to think Mark Dominik had any authority and final say in hiring a head coach. Glazer’s children make these decisions. Inevitably, they will hang it over Dominik’s head, because they are blame shifters.

  33. metalhead65 says: Sep 26, 2013 6:00 PM

    so what stopped you from asking those questions yesterday? yes you have the right to ask them but he has the right not to answer them.

  34. nunpuncher says: Sep 26, 2013 6:07 PM

    If you’re a head coach with a losing record and you don’t let the media have their way with you they will pick your bones clean. Tampa Bay sports reporters don’t like Schiano for his 7 minute presser rule and that he makes them wait for him.

  35. pigskinaholic says: Sep 26, 2013 6:08 PM

    Kardaschiano

  36. jeagan1999 says: Sep 26, 2013 6:18 PM

    I don’t get why this is so hard for PFT and some others to understand? Freeman has regressed not progressed over his career. He has lost 8 of the last 9 games he started…has more interceptions than any QB in the NFL since the begining of the 2011 season…his team is 0-3 so far this year and he is completing less than 50% of his passes…he also missed the team photo, was late for meetings, and lacks the leadership and instibcts of a top QB! That’s why he is no longer the starter in Tampa! There is no conspiracy going on here and the only drama seems to be the one you guys and the rest of the media are making from it! I wish Josh well in the rest of his career…Go Get Em’ Mr. Glennon! Let’s beat Arizona on Sunday!!!

  37. purplekoolaid1 says: Sep 26, 2013 6:21 PM

    To quote the great Mike Ditka:

    “There’s 3 quarterbacks on this football team. Whichever one starts, starts, whichever ones don’t will back him up. Period, cut and dry. It’s nobody’s concern but ours. Nobody’s. Next!”

  38. nickg88 says: Sep 26, 2013 7:21 PM

    Question no. 1. Greg, why does your face make me want to punch through several layers of glass?

  39. dankinator says: Sep 26, 2013 7:28 PM

    Pretty soon, Schiano will be “done talking about the head coaching change” in Tampa Bay.

  40. thelastpieceofcheese says: Sep 26, 2013 7:45 PM

    Somebody please change Schiano’s pamper.

  41. bucnblood says: Sep 26, 2013 8:20 PM

    All that is left to talk about now is what coach replaces Schiano.

  42. tigersfandan says: Sep 26, 2013 8:22 PM

    scaredhitless says: Sep 26, 2013 5:56 PM

    When you get paid a large sum of money and produce little to no value it’s called….

    Being a Kardashian.

    ______________________________________

    Who are you making fun of? Schiano or Freeman?

  43. brewerfan83 says: Sep 26, 2013 9:12 PM

    Pick up Freeman, get him away from this coach – he will do better. Then fire Schiano.

  44. mulehead70 says: Sep 26, 2013 9:46 PM

    Stay tuned next week when Schiano fires the janitorial staff and replaces them with new janitors….all in the name of having a winning season.

  45. eastflatbushbuc says: Sep 26, 2013 9:56 PM

    Please, give tony dungy whatever control he wants to run this team and organization

  46. muttbolts91 says: Sep 26, 2013 10:52 PM

    He’s done coaching as well

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