In a weird game on Sunday where it seemed as though neither team wanted to make the big play to put the game away, the Buccaneers came out of Detroit with a 24-21 win over the Lions.
The win is the Bucs 3rd win in as many weeks.
The major factor in the game was that the Buccaneers forced five turnovers on defense, while not turning the ball over at all on offense. In their three game win streak, the Bucs have won the turnover margin 9-1.
Another important aspect to the Bucs win streak has been the play of rookie quarterback Mike Glennon. Glennon has 6 touchdowns to just 1 interception during this win streak for the Bucs, and has shown the NFL what this offense can look like without Josh Freeman.
Along with those two aspects, and the defense playing at a high level, Bucs co-chairman Joel Glazer believes there might be another factor at play during the Bucs win streak.
The Glazer family has been noticeably quiet during a season that started with 8 straight losses, numerous distractions, and a fan base that has been on or over the edge.
Has Joel Glazer just informed us that Greg Schiano will be the head coach of the Buccaneers for the foreseeable future?
Are the Glazers still big believers in Greg Schiano?
The answer to both of those questions appears to be yes.
The Glazers went through a tumultuous season just two years ago when Raheem Morris’ players quit on him as a head coach. For the Glazers, apparently, belief in the head coach is all they need to see from the players.
The difference between the first 8 games for the Buccaneers and Sunday’s win against the Lions was that the Lions were looking for as many ways to lose that game as the Bucs were. Greg Schiano settled for two late field goals, both were missed, while the Lions turned the ball over twice with less than six minutes remaining, one of which was a fumble that was simply dropped by WR Kris Durham.
It seemed as if neither team wanted to win this game.
If the Bucs continue to win, there will be little doubt that Greg Schiano will return as head coach. However, Joel Glazer should also remember that Greg Schiano led the Bucs to an amazing win streak in his first season as head coach before falling apart at the end of that season and starting the next season 0-8.
Big decisions will still need to be made in the off-season, but as of right now, it appears the Glazers are content with keeping everything the same for 2014.