Add another blowout to Greg Schiano‘s resume as an NFL head coach.
After the loss to the Saints on Sunday, I see no reason why Schiano shouldn’t be handed the pink slip, and he will likely be gone by tomorrow morning at the latest.
I’ve cited multiple reasons in my previous articles as to why he should go, but if the Bucs had finished out strong against a New Orleans team on the brink of the playoffs, then an argument could have been made for Schiano to keep his job for at least another year. But another lackadaisical second half that saw only three points scored and multiple touchdowns given up will only confirm what many billboards had been calling for since the early part of the season.
At this point, it’s about which candidates will be the best fit for a young, talented Buccaneers team with a ton of potential. As I’ve stated before, Lovie Smith makes the most sense, as he is a former Buccaneers staff member with an excellent reputation as a defensive minded coach. If Tampa were to hire him, they should also hire an independent, innovative offensive coordinator and let Smith call the defensive plays. The Bucs likely have a “coaching board” already written up, and something tells me that Smith is ranked near the top of it.
Where Schiano ends up is tough to say, but I think he’ll have plenty of positions to choose from in the college ranks. What I can tell you is that he will never again be a head coach in the NFL once Tampa fires him.