By Max Luckan
At 0-7 the Tampa Bay Buccaneers can go nowhere but up. Unless, of course, they manage to lose the rest of their games this season and finish the season 0-16.
Where do the Bucs go from here?
Recently, the Bucs announced that wide receiver Mike Williams was placed on injured reserve because of a torn hamstring and will miss the rest of the season. That’s another key loss for a team that gets worse and worse every week.
Head Coach Greg Schiano still remains on the hot seat, even after his meeting with team ownership last Friday. In said meeting, the team’s ownership, comprised of the Glazer family, informed Schiano that he was still the head coach of the Bucs, sources said. And they also firmly told Schiano that they were not happy with the direction of the franchise, however, the Glazers felt that he still had control over the locker room, according to the reports. Of course, the Glazers also gave Schiano a chance for a rebuttal, in which he reportedly told the owners that he still strongly feels that the Bucs are going to start winning in the near future.
It is widely believed that the fan base wants Schiano out immediately, but there have been no indications of that happening anytime soon. In light of the meeting, it appears that the Glazers are still somewhat confident that Schiano is the right man for the job.
Schiano has become a weekly theme, but nothing has changed. And that’s because the status quo might be the best thing for this Bucs franchise for now. The Glazers have never fired a coach in season.
Why should they change that philosophy now?
Schiano has performed about as poorly as Raheem Morris, so he’s not much different in that regard. Maybe the Glazers want to see what Schiano can do in these remaining nine games.
But the real reason probably is how diligent the Glazer family is when it comes to finding a head coach. As you may recall, it took them quite a while before they finally settled on Schiano. The Glazers definitely do their homework when it comes to finding a head coach, although that homework may not always have all the desired results. But once again, Schiano’s status largely remains a mystery.
And what about Mike Glennon?
Mike Glennon is a mystery beyond this current season. The Bucs have an important decision to make this offseason. General manager Mark Dominik, and presumably Schiano, have to decide if Glennon is their quarterback of the future, or if they should go and draft a quarterback. If they choose the former, Dominik had better hope that Glennon turns out to be a much better quarterback than Josh Freeman was, or he’s in serious danger of losing his job.
So far this season, Glennon has played a mediocre game. He’s thrown for 997 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions so far, but has looked like a rookie at times, which was to be expected. However, Glennon hasn’t shown that he can be an elite quarterback in the NFL. The good thing for Glennon is, that he has nine games left this season to prove that.
Bucs claim Felder
The Bucs announced today that they have claimed defensive back Bobby Felder off waivers from the Minnesota Vikings.
Felder entered the league as a college free agent with the Vikings in 2012 and spent the season on their practice squad. This year, he was with Minnesota before being waived.
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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.