If everything we hear about Greg Schiano is right, he does not deserve to finish this season as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Losing to the Atlanta Falcons is an embarrassment. The Buccaneers entered the Georgia Dome on Sunday to play a team with clipped wings.
Yet the Buccaneers found a way to lose.
For a coach who built a reputation as a disciplinarian, Schiano coached the team into being a 1970s Raiders tribute squad. They committed 11 penalties for 103 yards and are currently the third-most penalized team in the NFL.
The Buccaneers are not the Jacksonville Jaguars. There is talent on this team. Certainly, there are holes in the roster, particularly at cornerback and apparently along the offensive line, but general manager Mark Dominik did not put together an 0-6 team.
Mike Glennon showed some real moxie when the chips were down. He is every bit the game manager you want to move the ball down the field. He throws an accurate ball and certainly is not the roller-coaster ride Josh Freeman was (or is?).
However, Glennon is not the answer. There is nothing in his play that suggests he is anywhere as good as Matt Ryan, Drew Brees or even Cam Newton. Also, he is clearly playing with a pared-down playbook. Where was this library of short and intermediate pass plays when Freeman was a Buccaneer?
With each passing game, the defense regresses to its Raheem Morris-era ineptitude. Cornerback Leonard Johnson demonstrates why he went undrafted, while Johnthan Banks reminds them that he is still only a rookie. There is no doubt speculation about whether cornerback Darrelle Revis is playing man or zone coverage will persist.
Scheme aside, Schiano puts his team in position to lose. Settling for a field goal when it will take two touchdowns to win is a recipe for losing.
What's worse is Doug Martin is likely done for the season with a torn labrum, according to multiple reports, including that one from Josh Katzowitz of CBS Sports. The injury itself cannot be directly attributed to Schiano, but did the insane workload Schiano thrust upon Martin contribute to this injury? It's impossible to know for sure, but it's just another lingering doubt of Schiano's competence.
Then there are the off-field problems. Every day with Schiano has become a sideshow.
If it's not the team's handling of its MRSA outbreak, then it's rumors that Schiano leaked Josh Freeman's confidential drug treatment or Super Bowl MVP Dexter Jackson telling the media Schiano had him and a bunch of elementary school students kicked out of practice.
Surely a good amount of the criticism isn't fair. Per Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the Bucs offered a far different and more reasonable account of Jackson's story, which now sounds like the rantings of a bitter former player.
Nevertheless, this sort of story is now commonplace with the Schiano regime. With each outrageous tale coming out of One Buc Place, the rumors become harder to dismiss.
When Schiano arrived in Tampa, stories of his control-freak persona followed. His regimented style would be admired if the Bucs were winning. The problem is, they aren't and it does not look they will be anytime soon, at least not with Schiano at the helm.