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Schiano isn't the Bucs' only problem

Published Nov. 3, 2013

Can we fire them all?

Billboards are up all over town calling for Bucs coach Greg Schiano to be fired. Fans have been calling for Schiano's job for weeks now.

Now this isn't meant to defend Schiano because it's apparent that his my-way-or-the-highway ways are not working and he seems to be in way over his head. Plus, when you're in late October and you haven't won a game yet, you probably should get out a pen and the want-ads.

But let me throw this out there: This Bucs team isn't good. Now that would seem obvious. But what I mean by that is as much as Schiano likely will pay the price for this team's failures — and deservedly so — he's not the only problem. If you could somehow trade Schiano for Patriots coach Bill Belichick right now, the Bucs wouldn't suddenly become a contender.

Looking back now, anyone who thought this team was capable of going even .500 vastly overrated the talent. Yep, the coach should and will take much of the blame, but I'm not sure anyone can make chicken salad out of this roster.

Dropping by

Vincent Jackson had a drop on the first offensive series, setting an ominous tone for the game. Later, tight end Tom Crabtree had a drop that would have put the Bucs in the shadow of the goal post. Mike Williams had a drop. Think about those and all of the others we have seen of late when evaluating the play of rookie quarterback Mike Glennon. Oh, and nothing sabotages a drive like a bad snap, which the Bucs learned the hard way. Twice.

Not bad again

Bucs rookie quarterback Mike Glennon looked decent again, although don't make a big deal about the late touchdown drive. The Panthers were in a prevent defense, and two passes in that drive should have been intercepted. Problem is, I think the next nine weeks will do little to determine if Glennon is, indeed, the quarterback beyond this season.

Slap shots

It's a bad night when the hockey team nearly matches the football team in scoring on the same night. The Lightning had six goals while the Bucs had six points with three minutes left. Two areas where the Bucs can't match the Lightning: excitement and hope.

How many you need?

Talk about kicking a fellow coach when he's down. Ron Rivera's Panthers had a 22-point lead with less than seven minutes left and tried to tack on more by throwing into the end zone. Then he barked at officials while his team committed personal fouls.

Three things that popped into my head

1. The first order of business today is to shut down running back Doug Martin for the season. There's no reason to bring him back as this wasted season swirls down the drain.

2. After watching Cam Newton and the Panthers carve through the Bucs defense, maybe Bucs defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan should let fans into One Buc Place to help after all. Either that, or start getting to work earlier than 5:20 a.m.

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3. Maybe offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan should do the same.

Final thought

Think this was ugly? Wait till the Bucs go to Seattle in nine days.