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Monday, November 4, 2013
Upon Further Review: Buccaneers Week 9

By Pat Yasinskas

An examination of four hot issues from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 27-24 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks:

Tampa Bay's Mike James
Tampa Bay rookie Mike James rushed for 158 yards on 28 carries in the loss at Seattle.
The hottest seat in the NFL: That belongs to Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano, who is 0-8 this season and has lost 13 of 14 games dating back to last year. Current ownership never has gone with an interim coach. But the exception could be coming soon. Although the team still is playing hard, the Bucs aren’t winning. We’ve heard rumblings since he was hired that Schiano isn’t a favorite of the players. I can’t imagine that morale is very high right now.

The second-half woes continue: The Bucs scored three points in the second half against Seattle. That’s not surprising. They’ve been collapsing in the second half all season. Think back to the losses to the Saints and Jets. If this team wasn’t so bad in the second half, it could be in playoff contention.

The second-hottest seat in the NFL: General manager Mark Dominik doesn’t get talked about all that much, but you have to start wondering about his future. Since Dominik took over in 2009, the Bucs are 24-48. Yes, there are eight guys on the current roster that have been to Pro Bowls and Dominik has given the Bucs a roster that’s more talented than the record reflects. But when things turn really bad for a franchise, sometimes the coach isn’t the only one to go.

The bright spot: It became pretty obvious the Bucs found something in rookie running back Mike James. He filled in for an injured Doug Martin and rushed for 158 yards while also throwing a touchdown pass. Martin’s job is safe, whenever he gets healthy. But I’m thinking it might be wise for the Bucs to let Martin sit the rest of the season. Bring him back healthy next year and he and James can give the Bucs a pretty deep backfield.