The Buccaneers were obviously a mess last year.
But not everyone is willing to blame it all on former coach Greg Schiano.
Longtime Bucs guard Davin Joseph, about to go to camp with the Rams after eight years in Tampa Bay, said he thinks Schiano will get another chance.
“He will get another shot,” Joseph told Kevin O’Donnell of FOX 13. “A lot of coaches go down the same path. You’re given a direction. He was given a direction when he came here. He executed it well. To me he executed it very well. He did exactly what they asked him to do. Things just didn’t pan out.”
Schiano was fired after going 7-9 and 4-12 in his two seasons, so it’s hard to tell what went “really well” in Joseph’s estimation.
“We just didn’t have the right chemistry last year,” Joseph said. “It takes a lot to be a great team. You see how hard it is with a rotating door with players and coaches to really get a team that has a great core. That was something we weren’t able to develop here in Tampa.”
Of course, a lot of players thought Schiano was part of the problem with that chemistry. If he’s going to pull a Bill Belichick and turn his career around after a bad first act, he’s going to have to learn to work with pros.
Or fall into Tom Brady.