Some franchises perform poorly due to an off day at the office. Some just lack depth in all three phases of the game and are continuously bad. Coaches and playing staff have to take their portions of blame in a winless run of games.
It’s always easy to point the finger at the individual and just say that he is not good enough. For me there is a quick fix to sorting out the on and off the field problems in Tampa Bay. Fire Greg Schiano!
There is a simple formula that every leader/manager head of establishment should follow; Happy workers are good workers. Fact! It is a formula that I have applied for almost 20 years. Something as simple as that is common sense to me. There are too many of those that are in a position of responsibility that are either blind to that theory or damn right control freaks.
The Josh Freeman saga is just the tip of the iceberg. The way he was treated by the management was completely wrong. Freeman has left his football nightmare and moved on to a new start in Minnesota. Reports that Schiano secretly films his players on the side line is just paranoia. The latest bridge burnt by Schiano was with Dexter Jackson who was recently blocked by his head coach from practice. Jackson spoke to CBS:
“They told me to stop bringing kids on Friday because I’m distracting professional players.”
“I’m distracting professional players by bringing kids who have succeeded in school, did well, stayed out of trouble,and they’re a distraction?”
Everyone is different and they must be managed accordingly. You can have scouting networks, talent and play books but a dressing room without belief in their head coach is counter productive. There is a simple ingredient that seems to be missing in Tampa Bay but is essential in any organisation, morale. Schiano may argue that he is not around to win popularity contests but he is not winning games either. As the Buccaneers winless run continues it remains to be seen if owner Malcolm Glazer will fire his head coach?