By Tom Krasniqi
The 2013 Bucs season is turning into a never-ending nightmare. Loss after loss after loss. When will it end? The latest debacle was a 31-13 thrashing by the Carolina Panthers last night at Raymond James Stadium in front of a nationally televised audience.
The Bucs were manhandled by a division foe on national TV. Fans are beyond upset. Some local and national media types are railing against head coach Greg Schiano and the organization.
“This is as low as you can get right now…being 0-7,” cornerback Darrelle Revis said after the game. Revis says it’s a shock to his system. He’s never been 0-7 in his life.
The fans became unruly towards the end of the game. They’re calling for the head coach to be fired. Schiano said after the game that the boo-birds didn’t affect him. Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy believes the fans went too far in their hate for the head coach.
On Friday, Schiano was asked about the team’s plight.
“Have I lost the locker room? No. Are they listening? Yes,” said the embattled head coach. “Are we getting everything we need out of them? Obviously not, because we’re 0-7 right?”
Schiano’s job is in serious jeopardy and he knows that. The Glazers have said nothing publicly about his job status. On Friday, Schiano continued to reiterate that his team is better than what they have shown. But at the same time, he understands that the NFL is a bottom-line business. Win or else. Schiano has dropped 12 of his last 13 dating back to last season.
“When you don’t win, there’s consequence, no doubt,” Schiano said. “We need to get our wins. I said it the other day-- we’ll get our share of wins. I believe we will. Right now, there’s only 9 left so it’s not as many as you would want. We have to get our share.”
The old adage in the NFL is--- you are what your record says you are. The Bucs are 0-7. But do they have 0-7 talent?
“At the end of the day, we’re 0-7. That’s who we are. You are what your record is,” Schiano opined. “Do I think we are more talented than that? Absolutely. Do we need to a better job all of us –coaching and playing—without a doubt because that’s our job. Our job is to win and we owe it to this community. That’s what we’re going to set out to do and we’re going to keep grinding until we get it.”
And with that, Schiano’s Friday press conference came to an end. It doesn’t get any easier from here. Next up is a trip to Seattle to take on the mighty Seahawks with 0-8 staring them in the face.
News & Notes:
- Bucs got banged around physically during the Panthers game. TE Tom Crabtree tweaked his ankle. Safety Keith Tandy also injured an ankle.
- WR Mike Williams (hamstring) aggravated his injury.
- LB Dekoda Watson injured his shoulder during the Carolina game. Schiano doesn’t know what the prognosis is.
- FS Dashon Goldson (knee) sat out the Carolina game. He’s hopeful to return for the Seahawks game.
- Goldson and DT Gerald McCoy says Schiano hasn’t lost the locker room. However, when asked if he agreed on line stunts, McCoy replied: “I don’t get paid to coach. I just get paid to play. I’ll leave it at that.”
- McCoy says fans took exception with him reagrding his comments to the rowdy fans that berated Schiano after the game: “I never said [fans] being angry or disappointed was wrong. What I said was disrespecting a man as a person is wrong.” McCoy is on point with this. Fans tend to take their dislike for Schiano too far.
- Next Sunday, the Bucs travel to Seattle to take on the Seahawks. You can catch the game on 620 WDAE and 95.3FM with our coverage beginning at 12noon with the Countdown to Kickoff show.
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