Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano may not lose his job next Monday, but he should.
The Buccaneers will end their season against a New Orleans Saints team still fighting for its playoff life when the Bucs fell off that cliff weeks ago. For the Saints, the job isn't over, but the Bucs are fighting for their jobs.
Coaching changes are necessary and imminent. Even if Schiano survives the coming purge, and a statement from Joel Glazer, co-chairman, last month indicates he will, he will still likely be looking for at least one new coordinator.
Offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan faces the greatest danger of unemployment. Not only was he not hired to be Army's next head coach, but his offense also stunk up the NFL this season, ranking last in total and pass yards.
The development of rookie quarterback Mike Glennon stalled over the past month. His play in December forecasts a much different game between the Saints and the Bucs than the narrow, down-to-the-wire slugfest they had in Week 2. The Saints allow only 192.7 passing yards per game and rank fourth in the league in sacks with 47.
Sullivan and Glennon will get no help from the run game. The offensive line has not been able to run block for most of the season, and running back Bobby Rainey has only been effective in two games since becoming the starter.
The supremely talented Bucs defense was wasted this year by the poor coaching of Schiano and defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan. Though the defense improved from being historically bad, it still does not live up to its potential with likely Pro Bowlers Gerald McCoy, Lavonte David and Darrelle Revis on the roster.
While the Saints are fearsome on offense, they are vulnerable. Saints QB Drew Brees has not had his best season, but with over 4,700 passing yards and 35 touchdowns, that doesn't help the Bucs much.
The Saints' biggest vulnerability is their offensive line. Left tackle Charles Brown was benched following the drubbing he received against the St. Louis Rams, and replacement Terron Armstead was not any better filling in against the Carolina Panthers.
Brees took 10 sacks over the last two games. Sacks are ripe for the picking if the Bucs are equal to the task. The only Buccaneer who has been equal to the task of reaching the quarterback this season is defensive tackle Gerald McCoy.
This Bucs team could beat the New Orleans Saints. The talent is there. Sometimes even the coaching is there, but therein lies the problem—"sometimes." The only consistent thing about the Bucs is their inconsistency, and who is to blame for that but the coaching staff?
Spend two minutes perusing the comments section of any article on Bleacher Report's Buccaneers site and you'll find fan after fan clamoring for Schiano's pink slip. They may not get it, but they deserve it. This Bucs team deserves better.
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