Thank goodness this debacle of a season is over.
In the season finale against the Saints, the Buccaneers got clobbered in the Superdome, 42-17. I had a hunch this would happen; New Orleans needed to win to get in, and the Saints are darn near perfect when playing at home. It seemed every time I saw a highlight, it was a Saints’ receiver breaking free behind the Bucs’ secondary. Once again, the Bucs couldn’t muster 300 yards of total offense. And once again, they had too many penalties.
So Tampa Bay’s final record is 4-12. Was this the end of the line for Greg Schiano? I hope so. He’s had two years to work his magic, and his record is 11-21. The Bucs were the third-most penalized team in the league. Wasn’t Schiano supposed to be a disciplinarian when he arrived? And he never did a good job making adjustments after halftime.
While we’re at it, let’s get rid of offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan as well. The Bucs were dead-last in the league in total offense. They were third from the bottom in total points. Yes, I know they had some key injuries. Here’s a news flash for you: there isn’t a team in the league that doesn’t have to deal with injured players.
The jury is still out on rookie QB Mike Glennon. At times, he played well. At other times, he looked like a rookie quarterback. Given the offensive line’s inconsistent (and subpar) performance, it’s hard to make a judgment on Glennon. Still, it wouldn’t surprise me if Tampa Bay drafts a quarterback next year.
Will Schiano be a victim of “Black Monday” in the NFL? Stay tuned.
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There isn’t much more to be said about Sunday’s game that hasn’t been said all season.
The Bucs lost again. They didn’t look good in the process. They’re trying hard to improve their draft position. At this point, they need just about everything.
The final score on Sunday was Rams 23, Buccaneers 13. Mike Glennon was sacked seven times. Tampa Bay had 170 yards of total offense. They lost two more fumbles. Anyone out there who doesn’t think the Bucs need to draft a quarterback is crazy. Glennon had one nice spurt back in November, but other than that, he’s looked like….well, a rookie. The Bucs are dead-last in the league in total offense in case you haven’t noticed. Rams’ QB Kellen Clemens didn’t exactly light up the Edward Jones Dome, but it didn’t matter due to the punchless Bucs.
As for Greg Schiano: if he’s going to get fired, it won’t happen until after next week’s finale against the Saints. If he hasn’t gotten canned by now, the Glazers are obviously waiting until this torture is over before they send him packing.
Next week: the final game of the season against the Saints in the Superdome.
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This pretty much went the way I, and probably just about everyone else, expected it to go.
The 49ers are a better team than the Buccaneers. There’s no doubt about that. Colin Kaepernick is a better quarterback than Mike Glennon. There’s no doubt about that. Tampa Bay couldn’t even muster 200 yards of total offense. 33-14 was the final in the home finale.
The “Fire Schiano” folks out there got some added ammunition late in the fourth quarter. The Bucs were down by 9. They tried some chicanery on the ensuing kickoff, only to see Eric Page fumble, and one of the ‘Niners pick up the ball and take it in for a gift-wrapped touchdown. Why on earth are you trying something like that in that situation? Coming back from a nine-point deficit in less than five minutes is not impossible – maybe unlikely, but still there was at least a little hope.
That three-game winning streak by the Bucs seems like such a long time ago. In two of the last three weeks, they’ve been beaten soundly by two of the best teams in the NFC. Three of Tampa’s four wins have come against lesser competition (or one might argue, “equal”) with the lone exception coming at Ford Field against the Lions (upsets do happen every now and then.)
The last two games are on the road: against St. Louis and New Orleans. 4-10 could easily become 4-12. I hope these will be the final two games Schiano is on the sidelines.
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This is what happens when you face one of the hottest teams in the league. After the Bucs had won three games in a row, the Panthers gave them a dose of reality on Sunday afternoon with a 27-6 thumping.
This game was a lot like the first one against Carolina in terms of Tampa Bay’s inability to get anything going. Yes, it was a game for much of the first half. But at the end of the day, the Panthers dominated in just about every way humanly possible. Mike Glennon looked a lot like a rookie again, losing a key fumble down by the goal line. The offense couldn’t score a touchdown; heck they only mustered 206 total yards. The defense couldn’t stop Cam Newton. Carolina had 426 total yards – more than doubled the Bucs’ output.
Carolina is simply the better team. I was not surprised that the Panthers gave them an old-fashioned butt kicking. The Bucs are once again in the running for the #1 draft pick, though they need a lot of help. I can’t even bring myself to start the “Fire Schiano!” chants again, at least for a week.
NEXT WEEK: the Buffalo Bills visit Ray-Jay.
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So the Bucs lost again Thursday night, this time to the Panthers, 31-13. There was only one thing different about this game: it was on national TV, so now everyone knows just how bad Tampa Bay really is. Aside from that, it was the same old, same old that we’ve seen for awhile now.
Did you see some of the fans wearing paper bags over their heads? Did you hear them vaguely chanting “Fire Schiano” at one point? At what point will the Glazers decide that enough is enough? Forget all of the stuff that’s swirling out there about Schiano for just a moment…
Here’s a fact: the guy’s lost 12 of his last 13 games. If that doesn’t get a coach canned then what will?
And yet, you listen to him in his postgame news conference, and he keeps insisting that things will get better. The only way this situation will start to improve is for him to walk the plank. There’s a good chance the Bucs will be 0-8 at the halfway mark, since a trip to Seattle is up next.
The offense has been awful. They didn’t find the end zone until the final minutes of the game, and the issue was already decided by then. Yes, Doug Martin was out, but they haven’t been scoring TD’s even with him in the lineup.
And in the last three games, the defense has given up at least 30 points a game. And the worst part: there isn’t even a glimmer of hope that things are going to get better anytime soon. Schiano may not be the only problem, but he’s got to be the first one to go.
Fire Schiano! We, the fans, are demanding it at this point!
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