By Max Luckan
When the head coach of a football team repeatedly says that the blame starts with him and goes down the chain of command, but doesn’t do anything about it, you know things are bad.
When the general manager of a football team has nothing of relevance to say, you know things are bad.
That’s exactly what Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano has done multiple times this season, but truthfully, at 0-5 it’s getting old fast. The Bucs have lost some close games this season, which happens, but there is no denying that this is an awful football team.
At this point, a game between the Bucs and the Jacksonville Jaguars would be very competitive and it could go either way.
It’s almost as if Schiano is in denial. Obviously he’s not going to come out and say that he’s doing a terrible job running this football team, but the fact that he believes some of these games were very winnable is questionable.
“There’s no panic. We understand that, you know, there’s a lot of things that have gone on in these five games and, you know, with everything that’s happening, we believe that as a staff, we firmly believe that, you know, we had an opportunity to win all five of those football games,” Schiano said on WDAE-AM 620. “And you know what, we need to keep going, need to keep the players continuing to grow and get better. That’s why we practice. That’s why we meet and walk-through. And as we do that, we’re going to start winning. And when we do, we’re going to keep winning.”
What exactly do we know, Coach?
Yes, we know that a lot of things have gone on this season, mainly the MRSA scare and we know how Schiano allegedly forced Josh Freeman out of town. And we also know that, despite what Schiano says, the games against the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots were not winnable. At all.
But it really seems as if Schiano doesn’t quite realize the gravity of the situation. The fans are becoming restless, and ownership probably is as well, although we may never hear from one of the Glazers again.
At 0-5, Schiano has to be feeling the heat, but he has put up a front of denial, claiming week after week that the Bucs will figure it out and will win many football games. The problem is, it’s the same false-hope rhetoric from Schiano every week, and that’s really getting old. The truth is it doesn’t look like the Bucs will figure it out anytime soon, if at all this season. The team’s next realistic shot at a win is in Week 14 against the Buffalo Bills, but Schiano might not even be with the team that long.
Both Schiano and general manager Mark Dominik have preached patience far too long. The accountability is there … kind of. Schiano has accepted most of the blame.
But Dominik hasn’t. This season, Dominik hasn’t said much at all. Sure, he’s released a couple of generic statements through the team’s public relations office here and there, but he assembled this football team for crying out loud, and he’s doing nothing about it.
Dominik and Schiano have a fairly close relationship. Dominik will back Schiano until the end, but he has to be growing impatient with the results week in and week out. After all, Dominik’s job could and should be on the line as well.
The issue here is faux accountability. Schiano has publicly fended off the criticism multiple times, but his promises are empty. But at least he’s trying.
Dominik, on the other hand, has been relatively quiet and the lack of accountability is beginning to stick out like a sore thumb.
Of course, every minute detail is put under a microscope at 0-5. And the Bucs should be worried.
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Max Luckan lives in Tampa, FL and is a sports writer covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and NFL. Luckan has been covering the Buccaneers for a few years now. Max is a freelance writer covering all things NFL. His work can be found on Examiner.com.