Bickering coaches, bitter players and infectious diseases. For the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, this has been their way of life since the start to the season. Next to the MRSA outbreak, there is nothing more serious facing the Buccaneers. Until now.
The NFLPA has told the NFL in internal memos Saturday that they believe head coach Greg Schiano is the one behind the leak of Josh Freeman‘s drug treatment and private records that came while the star publicly demanded a trade. Freeman, now with the Minnesota Vikings, believed all along that Schiano was the one behind the leak of the highly protected documents. Schiano and the Bucs are also under investigation for the recent leak of Freeman’s previously undisclosed fines, which the NFL also keeps confidential. But it is this new belief that could prove to be a death knell for the embattled Schiano, who, at 0-4, is already facing scrutiny.
When asked by reporters if he was the source of leaking the confidential info, Schiano told reporters, “Absolutely not,” and adding, “I know what I’ve done, and I’m 100 percent comfortable with my behavior. One hundred percent.” That behavior is now facing possible investigation, due to these new accusations by the NFLPA. The union wants to replace the NFL-led investigation, claiming that “it has no faith” in their efforts. Though the union has no power here, their claims are another distraction in what has been a stormy season in Tampa Bay. This new claim has swayed me into the camp that believes Schiano needs to go, and he needs to go now.
On paper, this team should not be at 0-4. You can argue that the Bucs were robbed against the New York Jets in Week 1, but the offense has stalled and folded in on itself, while the defense is struggling to keep up with the extra workload. There’s just too many headlines coming out of Tampa for Schiano to manage. Cincinnati Bengals‘ defensive end even called Schiano a joke, adding, ” With the Philadelphia Eagles and Bucs squaring off Sunday, it could be the end of the line for Schiano with a loss.”