By Tom Krasniqi
Read it and weep. The Bucs are 0-6. How could it possibly get any worse than this? Greg Schiano wishes you wouldn’t ask that.
The embattled Bucs head coach is the subject of ridicule and not just from the hometown fans and media-- he’s getting blasted by nationwide pundits and experts alike. The Bucs are coming off a 31-23 loss at Atlanta on Sunday. Self-inflicted mistakes continue to plague Tampa Bay. The Bucs committed 11 more penalties on Sunday for more than 100 yards.
“Part of it I really believe is that we’re trying too hard,” Schiano said of the penalty woes during his Monday press conference. The Bucs have been flagged for six holding penalties over the last two weeks.
As for the 0-6 start, Schiano appears to be taking it in stride. It’s easy to say “what else could go wrong?”
“It would be easy to do that but let me tell you—it could always be worse,” Schiano said. Huh? You would guess 0-7 would be worse. Schiano losing his job eventually—that could be worse. If the losses keep piling up, it will get worse. Schiano clarified his comments by saying that life is bigger than being 0-6.
To add insult, there’s an injury—potentially a big injury. The Bucs lost the services of running back Doug Martin to a shoulder injury against Atlanta. The injury took place yesterday when Martin got nailed by Falcons safety William Moore on a pass play. Multiple media reports suggest Martin has a torn labrum. Schiano wouldn’t confirm that report on Monday.
“It’ll probably be a stretch for this Thursday although we will have to see,” Schiano said regarding Martin. “I wouldn’t go any further than that right. We’ll just have to wait and see.”
Don’t bet on Martin playing on Thursday night against the Panthers. Schiano wouldn’t rule Martin out for the season and even hinted that Martin could play through it. Pain tolerance and range of motion in that arm would be the obvious concerns. Brian Leonard and Mike James will split the workload.
A dangerous Carolina team comes to town on Thursday night in a nationally televised game on the NFL Network. The Panthers are 3-3 and in each of their wins, they are blowing out the competition by an average of 26 points. Oh joy.
News & Notes:
- Teams playing on Thursday night football have to produce a “mock injury report” of sorts. The thought process is trying to project who may or may not have practiced on Monday.
- Did not practice: RB Doug Martin (shoulder) and FS Keith Tandy (concussion).
- Limited practice: SS Mark Barron (hip), FS Dashon Goldson (knee) and WR Chris Owusu (foot).
- Full practice: CB Mike Adams (knee), DE Da’Quan Bowers (toe), TE Tom Crabtree (ankle), RG Davin Joseph (knee), DT Akeem Spence (wrist) and WR Mike Williams (hamstring).
- Injuries for the Panthers: DT Dwan Edwards (hamstring) did not practice. WR Brandon LaFell (knee), TE Greg Olsen (foot) and LB Chase Blackburn (hamstring) were limited. FS Robert Lester (hamstring) and CB D.J. Moore (knee) would have practiced fully.
- Bucs QB Mike Glennon grades himself after 3 starts: “I think there’s definitely some room for improvement. I’ve made some good plays, I’ve made some bad plays.”
- Bucs LB Mason Foster defended Schiano on Monday: “Coach Schiano is a great coach. I feel like we have a great team and things are not going our way.”
- The Bucs host the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night from Raymond James Stadium. You can catch the game on 620 WDAE and 95.3FM with our coverage beginning at 3pm with Steve Duemig.
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