Upon Further Review: Buccaneers Week 8

October, 25, 2013
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An examination of four hot issues from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 31-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

[+] EnlargeGreg Schiano
Daniel Shirey/USA TODAY SportsThe Bucs' Thursday night performance surely didn't help the job security of coach Greg Schiano.
Greg Schiano’s status. Although fans have been calling for his firing for several weeks and the noise is getting louder, Schiano still has a job -- at the moment. That still could change. But, with every minute that passes, it looks as if Schiano will be around for at least one more game.

Could there be a scapegoat? If the Bucs don’t fire Schiano, they still might feel they need to make a statement that they care. The other way to do that would be by firing a coordinator. Offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan’s unit has struggled all season. Defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan’s group has regressed in recent weeks.

The offensive line is a problem. This group was supposed to be a point of strength, but it hasn’t been. Sure, guard Carl Nicks is out with a staph infection, and that doesn’t help. But this line can’t open holes for the running game, and quarterback Mike Glennon was sacked three times.

The defense is regressing. Look at the defense and you see some strong individual talent -- Gerald McCoy, Adrian Clayborn, Lavonte David and Darrelle Revis. But this unit allowed 31 points for the second straight week. It’s easy to point to the schemes as the problem, but the players deserve some blame as well.

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ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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