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Greg Schiano winning over converts, suddenly

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It wasn’t that long ago the good ship Buccaneer appeared to be on the verge of mutiny.

But apparently, Bucs coach Greg Schiano has won over a few converts.

Amazing what two wins in a row will do for someone’s perception.

“It was tough here for a while, what with the whole Josh Freeman thing and guys getting hurt, but through all of that Coach Schiano was like, “Forget that, get your pads on and keep working,’ ” Buccaneers guard Davin Joseph said, via Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune. “And now we’re finally getting a sense to where the guys in this locker room really do believe him and believe in him. And I can say now that this is first time I can say that we’re a family now.

“He’s been preaching that since he walked in the door and sometimes you don’t know where they’re coming from with that. . . . It was family, family, family and it makes sense now. I can say we really are like a family now because guys really trust him, guys really believe in him because all that stuff he’s been saying about just keep your head down and keep working, it’s all coming true now.”

Apparently, all it took was getting through 24 games with a 7-17 record, with a little MRSA scattered in to get everyone believing. Either that, or the Bucs have been in the dark so long that the first ray of light is a welcome one.

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31 Responses to “Greg Schiano winning over converts, suddenly”
  1. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 18, 2013 8:06 AM

    What ever happened to that investigation into the illegal leaking of Josh Freeman’s medical records?!?

    Yeah… that’s what I thought.

  2. touchdownroddywhite says: Nov 18, 2013 8:09 AM

    I’d like to say they shouldn’t be bragging about beating a down trodden Falcons team… But who am I kidding? They dispensed wicked justice yesterday and handled them completely.

  3. coltzfan166 says: Nov 18, 2013 8:10 AM

    Don’t get excited yet. You’re still 2-8 and still have a lot of football to play.

  4. pixelito says: Nov 18, 2013 8:12 AM

    It’s always nice to break out of a losing streak, but they shouldn’t get too excited about Schiano just yet.

  5. meatsweat says: Nov 18, 2013 8:23 AM

    Yeah the MRSA was Shiano’s fault, and the 7-17 had nothing to to with Josh “the cancer” Freeman…

  6. jermonology says: Nov 18, 2013 8:28 AM

    Mike Glennon is shaping up to be quite a good QB. Say what you will about Schiano but the man knows how to draft.

  7. pettytom says: Nov 18, 2013 8:33 AM

    I’m sure Revis begs to differ.

  8. jjb0811 says: Nov 18, 2013 8:34 AM

    The rest of the NFC South hopes that the Bucs keep him next year, making it a 3 team race for a 3rd straight year.

  9. milkmandanimal says: Nov 18, 2013 8:34 AM

    He didn’t suddenly stop being a petty, small-minded bully that nobody is going to want to play for. The fact the Bucs managed to catch the Dolphins as they were reeling from the Martin/Incoginto issue and then the Falcons on an even suckier day than usual doesn’t mean people are believing in Schiano; it means they actually managed to beat two bad teams.

    Davin Joseph should be getting a large portion of the credit here; he’s was out all last year, and appears to have fully recovered. Those no-name RBs are running behind RG over and over.

  10. conormacleod says: Nov 18, 2013 8:48 AM

    Really? I guess if they go 4-12 it will feel like winning the Super Bowl.

  11. wananah says: Nov 18, 2013 8:50 AM

    Unless the Buccaneers get a few more wins, you have to still believe that the latter explanation is true: that this is just the first ray of light after a really dark 12 months of Buccaneer football.

    However, during the last three games (and yesterday’s in particular), the game was not marked by coaching blunders and instead had a fresh offensive gameplan and a defensive gameplan that actually played to players’ strength (Revis gets to play man, the D-line isn’t stunting all over the place regardless of how ineffective it is). These things do point to, of all things, Schiano finally “getting it” and getting out of the way of the team and doing the first thing a coach should be obligated to do: call a game around the talents of the players.

    Schiano’s gone unless the Bucs do some real damage on their hard remaining schedule, but for the first time, the prospect of him coming back under those circumstances doesn’t seem awful.

  12. packergator says: Nov 18, 2013 8:56 AM

    Winning = the ultimate deodorant.

  13. atleastimnotaraidersfan says: Nov 18, 2013 8:57 AM

    Granted, I don’t watch a lot of Buc games, but it sure seems like they were one of the better 0-8 teams I’ve seen. They were close in almost all of their losses.

  14. cavredleg15 says: Nov 18, 2013 9:16 AM

    Mr. Gantt, You throw the MRSA thing out there like Schiano was the one running through the building throwing MRSA dust all over the place.

  15. bucforever says: Nov 18, 2013 9:23 AM

    Its about time! But one worry! IF the team go 8- 8 and sneaks into the play offs that would be a great comeback story! But IF they only go 5-11 then the Bucs may drop out of the top 5 in the draft. Anyway Schiano probably gets another season with the Bucs.

  16. mrbullgator says: Nov 18, 2013 9:33 AM

    All I will say was where was this at all season?! I said before that for Schiano to keep his job he would have to drastically change the way he coaches and uses his players. Why it took him to week 10 to figure this out boggles my mind. Still the wins were against the Dolphins and Falcons. For me, he has to win 2 out of 3 against the Saints, 49ers, and Carolina in the coming weeks to keep his job safe.

  17. brenenostler says: Nov 18, 2013 9:53 AM

    2-8 is no reason to get excited.

    Bucs are also 8-18 under Schiano, not 7-17.

  18. coltzfan166 says: Nov 18, 2013 9:58 AM

    I say 6 wins will get Schiano another year. But if that next year also translates into 6 wins then he’s out.

  19. Richard Dickson says: Nov 18, 2013 10:41 AM

    I won’t say I’m 100% converted, but I do think there was a huge rush to judgment. It’s funny how we’ll give a first-round QB three or four years to “get it,” but a coach isn’t allowed the same luxury.

  20. kevinb73 says: Nov 18, 2013 10:50 AM

    A couple of wins against two struggling teams does not make the Bucs a Superbowl contender. I hope the Bucs don’t miss out on some decent coaching candidates that will be available for what Schiano may or may not do. Still a lot to prove.

  21. kingpel says: Nov 18, 2013 11:01 AM

    Nice win for the Bucs and it is good to see this team to start to come together. It is all about personal accountability and I expect a really good team to take the field next year with Schiano leading the way.

  22. kingpel says: Nov 18, 2013 11:03 AM

    Richard Dickson says: Nov 18, 2013 10:41 AM

    I won’t say I’m 100% converted, but I do think there was a huge rush to judgment. It’s funny how we’ll give a first-round QB three or four years to “get it,” but a coach isn’t allowed the same luxury.
    ……………………………………………………………………

    Exactly Mr Dickson. People bent over backwards to make excuses for Raheem Morris and Josh Freeman even though there were character issues regarding them both. Now the team is actually behaving like grown men and professionals and people want to be impatient. Just remember. There is a reason these media guys are working in Tampa and not a real sport’s city.

  23. newlydead says: Nov 18, 2013 11:07 AM

    jjb0811 says:
    Nov 18, 2013 8:34 AM
    The rest of the NFC South hopes that the Bucs keep him next year, making it a 3 team race for a 3rd straight year.

    —————
    who would that 3rd team be … the Falcons? nice try

  24. mightymightylafootball says: Nov 18, 2013 11:09 AM

    Winning solves everything (not…)

  25. 6ball says: Nov 18, 2013 11:14 AM

    .

    The Bucs are what Bill Parcells used to call “a work in progress.”. They have many newcomers both as rookies and free agents along with instability at QB. It takes to get everybody on the same page.

    You can ask Chuck Noll who is the only coach to win 4 Super Bowls, but was 1-13 in his first year.

    If I owned an NFL franchise, I would want Bill Belichick as my GM and Greg Schiano as my coach.

    .

  26. captainstagger says: Nov 18, 2013 12:42 PM

    I live hearing opinions of out of market fans….

    1) the team had a locker room meeting with Coach before the Seattle Game, and apparently it was a very heart felt come to Jesus moment.
    2) Yes the Bucs beat a reeling Dolphins team, and a bad Falcons team, but the also took Seattle into OT, and have list the majority of their games by less than a score.
    3) the play calling has made a full 180 starting in Seattle. The conservative offense, and stunting defensive is being phased out which shows allot of growth from the coach.
    4) it’s already been reported the “Freeman leak” investigation was essentially called off when all evidence pointed to the leak conjbg from Freeman’s own camp to leverage a release.

  27. Foghorn The IKonoclast says: Nov 18, 2013 1:25 PM

    It must be really pathetic to be played by the media. Tampa fans, those fair-weather nitwits and their ‘seat licenses’. You got yours alright.

    I wonder if you will come back when he starts to win on a more regular basis? I am not talking about the loyal fan, because you know who you are and you are what saved this franchise.

    It is easy for a big fat dog, to sit behind a mic and cut people off, but this is all there my friend. Unless you and your ilk stop with the coaching witch-hunts.

    Go Bucs go, win or lose, real fans are the best.

  28. raideralex99 says: Nov 18, 2013 2:53 PM

    It’s funny when a coach makes a QB change how the media attacks the coach. If I’m the Bucs management I would apologize to Schiano for making him stick with Freeman.

  29. jthomascronin says: Nov 18, 2013 9:11 PM

    Do the Bucs’ players have Stockholm Syndrome?

    They changed quarterbacks at the bye week–they were 0-3 at the time. There were reports that Dominik/Schiano believed they could save their jobs with 6 wins in the remaining thirteen games.

    Cut to the Bucs being 0-8 prior to the Dolphins’ game. There were reports that Schiano might be able to keep his job if he went 4-4 the rest of the way.

    That’s like a team that’s losing 28-0 at halftime bragging after the game when they lose 34-10 that they ‘won’ the second half 10-6.

    Hey Glazers–does Schiano have incriminating photos of you all somewhere? It’s going to be OK-get some therapy and fire him. He’s 9-17 with a talented team that’s supposedly built to ‘win now’. That’s all you need to know.

  30. petedutcherjr says: Nov 18, 2013 10:45 PM

    There was never one bit of division in that locker room. Bennett was mad because he was not resigned, so he lied thru his teeth.

    MeShawn has always been a liar. And not one media source cited a valid sorce with the team.

    Every bit was made up.

  31. goldandcrimson68 says: Nov 19, 2013 10:40 AM

    captainstagger says:
    Nov 18, 2013 12:42 PM
    I live hearing opinions of out of market fans….

    1) the team had a locker room meeting with Coach before the Seattle Game, and apparently it was a very heart felt come to Jesus moment.
    2) Yes the Bucs beat a reeling Dolphins team, and a bad Falcons team, but the also took Seattle into OT, and have list the majority of their games by less than a score.
    3) the play calling has made a full 180 starting in Seattle. The conservative offense, and stunting defensive is being phased out which shows allot of growth from the coach.
    4) it’s already been reported the “Freeman leak” investigation was essentially called off when all evidence pointed to the leak conjbg from Freeman’s own camp to leverage a release.

    It’s good that they beat the Dolphins and the Falcons. Struggling team or not a win in this league is very hard to come by in Tampa.

    However, you have to accept the fact that in spite of the poor coaching and offensive schemes, they had the lead on the Jets and the Saints with less than 1:00 on the clock. Schiano said it was the QB’s fault and shipped him out. Still the losses continued until they changed the schemes and playcalling. So was it the QB or the scheme?

    As far as the leak goes, the investigation is still underway. When it is concluded, the League or the NFLPA will vindicate or condemn the Bucs. Until then, I wouldn’t listen to what the Bucs are pumping through the local media. That’s simply cover for Schiano.

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