Time for Glazers to make call on Schiano

December, 22, 2013
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During our in-game chat, the job security of coach Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano was more of a topic than anything that happened on the field between the Buccaneers and St. Louis Rams.

For the record, the Rams won a forgettable game, 23-13. Tampa Bay’s defense played well at times, but the offense wasn’t able to get anything going consistently. It was the same old story, the type of game the Bucs have played far too often this season.

Which begs the question: Does Schiano stay or does he go?

[+] EnlargeGreg Schiano
AP Photo/Tom GannamBucs coach Greg Schiano has an 11-20 record with one game left in his second season with the team.
There was speculation he could go during an 0-8 start. But it’s rare to see a coaching change in the middle of the season, and the Bucs have stayed with Schiano -- so far. But, now, it’s getting down to crunch time.

It’s almost time for Bryan, Joel and Ed Glazer, the three men that make all the big decisions for the Bucs, to make one of the biggest decisions in franchise history. Soon after next week’s season finale at New Orleans, the Glazer brothers have to decide if they want to proceed with Schiano or go in another direction.

The Glazers are extremely private, and they’ve done nothing to indicate which direction they’re leaning. But the body of work is on the table.

It really doesn’t matter if the Bucs win against the Saints, who have plenty to play for. The Bucs will finish either 4-12 or 5-11. Put that on top of a 7-9 record in Schiano’s first season.

Logic says there is regression instead of progression and, for that reason alone, maybe the Bucs part ways with Schiano after just two seasons. Or maybe it’s more complicated than that.

There are three years remaining on Schiano’s contract. The coach had to change quarterbacks early in the season because Josh Freeman’s alarm clock wasn’t working right. Maybe the Glazers know more about the Freeman situation than the rest of us, and maybe losing a franchise quarterback in midstream buys Schiano some more time.

Sunday’s game aside, rookie quarterback Mike Glennon has had some bright moments. But have they been bright enough?

I think Glennon might be all right, but he’s a work in progress. So is Schiano. Should he be given more time to progress?

The coach has done a nice job of cleaning up a locker room that the Glazers wanted to be cleaned up. Schiano and general manager Mark Dominik, who also is on the hot seat, have assembled the nucleus of a nice, young defense. Receiver Mike Williams and running back Doug Martin will be back from injuries next season.

Schiano has yet to win, but you can look ahead and see some reasons why he should be allowed to stick around. Or you can look at his first two seasons, which haven’t been nearly good enough.

A new coach might come in and solve everything. Or maybe Schiano just needs a little more time.

There’s irony that part of the Glazers' family wealth was achieved by selling watches. Now, it’s up to the Glazer brothers to decide whether or not Schiano has run out of time.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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