Greg Schiano: We’re going to be a good football team


After Sunday’s loss to the Eagles, Buccaneer coach Greg Schiano told reporters that he didn’t hear booing from the crowd at Raymond James Stadium as the Bucs made their way off the field at the end of the game.

On Monday, Schiano met with the media again and he’d either watched tape of the game again in the interim or realized in hindsight that the crowd wasn’t chanting “Schia-nooooo.” Schiano said he “can imagine” how frustrated the team’s fans are with the 0-5 start and 10 losses in the team’s last 11 games because he’s frustrated as well, but also told them that the team will be something “special” when the Bucs get things turned around.

“If they can hang in there, we’re going to be good,” Schiano said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “If they can’t, we’re still going to be good, and they’re welcome back. I’m not being smart. I mean that. I think our fans are great. When I came out to start the game, warmups, our fans were awesome. The end of the game, I’m disappointed just like they are.”

Schiano didn’t put any kind of time frame on when the turnaround would start, which could be the rub. Losing is bad enough, but doing it with side orders of MRSA infections and feuds with quarterbacks who have had confidential information leaked to the press makes things exponentially worse. That’s raised the heat under a coach who came in talking about changing the culture of the franchise.

Schiano’s done that, but not in the way anyone was expecting or hoping to see. Unless that turnaround starts immediately, it’s hard to see Schiano on the sideline whenever the Bucs will again be a good team.

28 responses to “Greg Schiano: We’re going to be a good football team

  1. 3 steps to being good again
    1 lose 16 games
    2 hire new gm before draft
    3 hire new coach day after 16th loss

  2. The fact that this “coach?” is still here, simply shows how little the Glazers care about this team and the embarrassment Schiano has brought to the teams fans. Evidently they don’t care….as long as the $$ keeps pouring in. Never in a million years did I think they could find a worse coach than Raheem Morris. But, I gotta hand it to ’em, they did. At least Morris was a likeable guy, thrown into a situation where he was getting NO help in the way of free agents or support from the GM or the owners. Schiano, on the other hand has been given anthing he’s asked for, to the point it seems Mark Dominick is now simply his puppet.
    Meanwhile the Glazers just sit back and rack in out hard earned $$.


  3. Never thought I would say this but Schiano is right….they will be good team. Problem is Gregorio it ain’t gonna happen until your sent packing and replaced with a football coach.

  4. They’re going through the same thing as the Jaguars…except they have their QB. I think Bucs will continue to get better as the season ends.

  5. I think he is correct, if the players just hang in there (until he is fired) they will eventually be a good football team. I cant figure out how they suck, that defense has a ton of talent

  6. .

    I believe Schiano is correct. I believe they have a fairly good roster that may need some time to gel, but they’re on the right track.

    This season was only a ” work in progress ” season anyways. The Bucs were probably not going to win road playoff games vs teams like Seattle, SF, GB, or New Orleans.
    It takes time to learn how to win in the NFL when your roster is populated by rookies and ” new guys ”.

    I’m not part of the ” journalistic lynch mob ” who thinks that firing Schiano and bringing in Coach X will equate to a string of Super Bowl victories beginning this year.

    Pete Carroll wasn’t being considered for Coach of the Year after 1+ seasons with Seattle, but the organization had patience. How many Seahawks fans want him dismissed?

  7. I don’t know about this ‘return to college’ thing. Granted, he doesn’t seem suited for the pro game but he wasn’t overly successful at the collegiate level either. He won during the Mike Teel/Brian Leonard/Ray Rice period (2005-07) in a diluted Big East conference but won little else after the trio (esp Rice) departed.

    2005-2007 — 26-12
    2001-04/2008-11 — 42-55

  8. The Bucs are 31st in the NFL in offense and are 16th in the NFL in defense. The Eagles are 32nd in the NFL in defense. The Eagles easily beat the Buccaneers. Not looking good here.

  9. 6ball your wrong. This season comes down to two issues: Schiano has never had a direction for the team and the Glazers didn’t want to pay for a franchise QB. Schiano’s handling of Freeman is idiotic. If Freeman was being evaluated, 4 games and being late for a picture shouldn’t have been the determining factor. Moving Freeman in the offseason for maximum value obviously was the best move. Look it’s not rocket science, all the moves look wrong and Schiano is being obstinate. The future may be Schiano. I’m not sure the Glazers are willing to pay for another coach. In the offseason, don’t be surprised if Dominick is shown the door and Schiano stays. Also, Tampa stacked up fairly well against NO earlier this year. Besides all that, Carroll made it clear all positions were open for competition and it seems like he’s the polar opposite of Schiano.

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