If I were to try and describe just what this weekend means to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, I’d probably have to say that it is Greg Schiano’s last chance to try and secure a job for himself beyond this season. It is just one last snippet of the case for Schiano to be given one more chance. The beginning of the year did not start out well whatsoever, but through the Mike Glennon experiment, Schiano has not appeared in as deep of water as he was a couple of months ago.
In the final week of the season, Tampa Bay attempts to knock the New Orleans Saints out of playoff contention with an unlikely victory. Back when these teams met in week two, the Saints squeaked out a 16-14 win on a late field goal. At the moment, are the Saints a better or worse team than they were in week two? The Bucs are undoubtedly a bit better.
New Orleans has lost three of their last four and, offensively, have not been anywhere near what they have shown throughout this season. Tampa Bay, on the other hand, has not been poor on defense and Glennon has done a much better job than I think most people thought he would with an injury-ridden offense.
If the Bucs were to take out the Saints, the Carolina Panthers would not only win the division but the Saints would end the season losing four out of five games, having given up the NFC South title and forfeiting their playoff spot — that is, if the Arizona Cardinals win as well.
This late in the season, the Bucs are simply going all out to see where they stand heading into next year. With the playoff picture long gone for them, it is about ruining a divisional rival’s season and ending theirs on a high note. Will the Saints complete their late-season collapse?