Tampa Bay Buccaneers Lose to the Carolina Panthers: Did Schiano Lose His Team?
The 31-13 loss leaves the Buccaneers at 0-7, adding to a losing streak not seen since the Bucs were conceived. Greg Schiano is almost sure to lose his job. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, that could happen sooner rather than later:
From our kickoff show: #Bucs sources say it's no guarantee Greg Schiano makes it through the season. What would it take?— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 24, 2013
What would bring #Bucs coach Greg Schiano's mid-season ouster? A string of embarrassing, 1-sided losses or obvious loss of the locker room— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 24, 2013
Tack one game to that tally, on a nationally televised Thursday night game, at home no less.
Fortunately for Schiano, locker room dysfunction hasn't impacted the on-field performance of all of his players. Lavonte David continues his campaign for a trip to Hawaii in 2014. Darrelle Revis made a number of key plays and generally dictated coverage. Too bad the rest of the pass defense was not up to the task.
Rookie quarterback Mike Glennon is looking better with each game. He managed to look respectable while setting a somewhat dubious NFL record, as stated by Pewter Report:
181 pass attempts in his first four games for #Bucs QB Mike Glennon is an NFL rookie record.—Pewter Report (@PewterReport) October 25, 2013
Glennon has no reason to be proud of that record, as it confirms that the Bucs have been trailing, playing catch-up for most of the four games he's started. Schiano and his coaching staff have every reason to be ashamed of the mark, since the play-calling is setting up the young quarterback to take a beating.
For all the effort the Bucs put on the field, the rumblings of discontent tremble beneath the surface at One Buc Place. Prior to Thursday's game, NFL.com's Mike Silver wrote a scathing article on the growing unhappiness in the Bucs locker room. He quotes one former Buccaneer who says, "It's like being in Cuba."
Silver's article also quotes former Buccaneer defensive end Michael Bennett who says, "there's not much respect for him in that locker room." Bennett actually played under Schiano last season, and it's clear from his statements in Silver's article that he does not hold Schiano in the highest regard.
No coach who loses 11 of 12 games should expect the full support of the locker room. Schiano's antics will only accelerate his exit from Tampa. The tighter his grip becomes, the more the Buccaneers slip from his fingers.
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