Tick … tick … tick
It no longer seems a matter of if Greg Schiano will be fired as Bucs coach, but when. Look, this isn't about saving the season. This season is over. This is about accountability. Or, as Schiano put it when he benched former QB Josh Freeman, it's a performance-based business. At 0-6, the Bucs clearly aren't performing under Schiano.
With the next game only three days away, it wouldn't seem fair to introduce an interim coach today. The next game after Thursday is at Seattle, a place every team in football probably would be considered an underdog. Asking a new coach to debut there doesn't seem fair, either. But doing so after an embarrassing loss at Seattle, regardless of what the Bucs do Thursday against Carolina, seems to make the most sense if the Bucs are going to make a coaching change during the season.
Talk all you want about Darrelle Revis not playing enough man-to-man defense. Question whether this MRSA mess is affecting Johnthan Banks. Wonder why Leonard Johnson struggles. But maybe this has something to do with the Bucs pass defense turning into a cheap wet paper towel of late: After recording 12 sacks in the first three games, the Bucs have had two in the past three, including none Sunday. That's two sacks in the past 95 pass attempts.
This is the sixth time the Bucs have started 0-6 and, each of the previous five times, they also lost their seventh game. Their best record after starting 0-6? In 2009, they went 3-13.
The Bucs have now gone 13 consecutive games scoring fewer than 28 points. That's practically impossible to do in today's NFL, especially for a team that is averaging 37 pass attempts a game this season.
Three things that popped into my head
1. I don't want to hear about how hard the Bucs players and coaches are working. I've never seen a line for "hard work'' in the standings.
2. Good thing the Falcons were missing all-world receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White. Otherwise, Falcons QB Matt Ryan might not have thrown one incompletion instead of the six he threw Sunday. He was 20-for-26 with a bunch of receivers that even Mel Kiper wouldn't recognize.
3. Know the scary part? The Bucs' issues run much deeper than quarterback. In fact, Mike Glennon doesn't look half bad.
So whom do you have in your Interim Coach pool — Dave Wannstedt or Butch Davis?