After 4-12 season, is Schiano done in Tampa?

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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Bucs Blow It Late Against Cardinals

Talk about snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

The Buccaneers had a 10-0 lead over the Cardinals on Sunday heading into the fourth quarter. The Bucs were starting a rookie quarterback, who played like…well, a rookie. Yet with the game on the line, Tampa Bay found another way to blow it.

Jay Feely’s 27-yard FG with 1:29 remaining proved to be the difference as the Bucs lost, 13-10.

There is one play in particular that has Bucs fans calling for Greg Schiano’s head (again.) With just over three minutes remaining, and nursing a seven point lead, the coaching staff called a pass play with Tampa Bay deep in its own territory. Mike Glennon picked a bad time to throw his first career NFL interception. Patrick Peterson picked it off, and on the very next play, Carson Palmer found Larry Fitzgerald for the game-tying touchdown.

Glennon had a chance to mount a comeback in the final minute. But he was picked off by Peterson again, and that was that.

Glennon finished 24-of-43 for 193 yards and a touchdown to go along with the two picks. He had some good and some bad moments, typical of what you’d expect from a rookie making his first start. Mike Williams caught the scoring pass in the first quarter. Doug Martin could only muster 45 yards on 27 carries against a Cardinals’ defense that’s among the best in the league in stopping the run.

The defense is not the problem here. This unit has been playing fairly well, and Sunday was no different. They intercepted Palmer twice, including the first by Darrelle Revis as a Buc. When you only give up 13 points, you normally have a good chance of winning. But these are anything but normal times in Tampa.

So now, the Bucs are 0-4, and fans are furious with Schiano and offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan. It’s hard to argue with that, since Tampa Bay has scored a measly 44 points through the first quarter of the season. Will we see another change soon?

The Bucs have their bye week next week. Praise the Lord for that.

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