I know it is early into the 2013-2014 NFL season as I type this, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are already driving me crazy.
There is a growing soap opera here in Bucs land. The press is having a field day with ongoing tension between quarterback Josh Freeman and head coach Greg Schiano, formerly the head coach at Rutgers University.
While I realize Schiano doesn’t play on the team, I see a very undisciplined bunch out there. For the second week in a row, the Bucs committed over 100 yards in penalties and probably racked up several thousand bucks worth of fines.
Team discipline goes to the head coach.
Here’s exhibit B: late in the game yesterday with the New Orleans Saints, they lead 14-13 with a 1:10 left to go, with a 4th down and three yards to get for a first down 29 yards away from the Saints goal line. If the Bucs get those three yards, the first down lets them run the rest of the clock out since New Orleans had no time outs left.
They sent Rian Lindell to make a field goal, but the kick sailed left of the goal posts. Drew Brees and the Saints quickly go down the field, kick a field goal, win the game 16-14.
Easy to say this in retrospect, but I would have tried to get the first down in that instance. Even if the Bucs got the field goal and led 17-13, the Saints would still have gotten a final possession and a chance to win. Instead Schiano played it safe.
He played not to lose as opposed to playing to win.
All the turmoil goes to one person, and Mr. Schiano is that person. So hopefully, the Glazers are paying attention. Otherwise, they will wonder why Raymond James Stadium will be increasingly empty when the Bucs take the field. Show Schaino the door.