Take a bow, Greg Schiano — but, only for a short moment.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 3-8. That’s deserving of a mild congratulations, I guess. After starting the season 0-8, his team has pulled it together enough to win three straight including the most recent over the current NFC North-leading Detroit Lions. Although, the previous two wins came against teams each below .500, so I’m not sure whether or not to be too thrilled about Schiano’s Bucs.
It’s been well-documented that early on in the season, Schiano wasn’t exactly the players’ most favorite person in the world. Specifically, Darrelle Revis and Josh Freeman had issues with the second-year coach, and, we all know where the latter stands right now.
Since handing the reigns to rookie quarterback Mike Glennon, the Bucs’ offense has looked better each week it seems. Glennon has played very well for a rookie and might even be the team’s most valuable player when the year is all said and done. As a rookie, Glennon has compiled a rating of 91.6 and thrown for 1,782 yards, 13 touchdowns and just four picks.
The fact that the Bucs have gone on a little winning-streak gives the organization some hope for next year. More so, it assures fans that this franchise won’t just fall over and die after starting the first half of the season winless. Obviously, the playoffs are out of the question. But, Tampa Bay has definitely improved.
But, is this enough to keep Schiano after the year is over?
It is far too soon to justify that happening. If the Bucs go on and lose the rest of their games this year, of course Schiano will be fired. If they win two or three, I could see how he might have a case. But, as of right now, Schiano is still as good as gone in my eyes. This season has had way more negatives than positives and Schiano is the one that got that snowball rolling in the first place.