Maybe Greg Schiano has won his little battle to show who is in charge of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by kicking out Josh Freeman, but it simply means there’s more pressure on him now to get this team out of the hole that it’s in, and it’s going to be very difficult blaming others for what’s going on.
Although it isn’t stopping Schiano from trying, as he went on the offensive by talking about the 2011 Bucs, the last season for Raheem Morris before Schiano was hired, and called them a laughing stock.
There’s no doubt that the Buccaneers were terrible that season, finishing the year 4-12, losing the final nine games of the season. Schiano talks about a locker room culture they had to change, but despite having a lot more talent on both sides of the ball, his Bucs aren’t doing much better.
There was definitely a more aggressive tone to the team since Schiano’s arrival, but the record isn’t showing much of an improvement. An 0-4 start so far this season, and losing five of the last six games to end his debut season as an NFL head coach. That’s not really a big improvement to the end of the Morris era, even if Schiano posted a 7-9 record last season in a not-so-easy NFC South.
With Freeman gone and Glennon taking the reigns, all eyes are turned to Schiano, who might be the root of all the dressing room problems. Morris’ time might not have been asocciated with discipline, but there seems to be too much of it under Schiano, leading to too much drama and disgruntled players. This was supposed to be the year that all the investment paid off – fixing the defense and getting Freeman to start throwing consistently. It hasn’t been working out for them so far.
As Sander Philipse on Bucsnation mentioned, bashing the 2011 Bucs in order to cloak the current problems isn’t going to work. The more the Schiano era drags on, the more it seems like hiring someone to fix a specific problem like dressing room atmosphere through discipline was a mistake, because it neglects to improve the team for the long run, and a head coach that can’t be a part of such a progress is the wrong man for the job.