During my one-on-one interview with Joel Glazer at the NFL owners meetings, I asked the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' co-chairman if hiring former coach Greg Schiano was a mistake.
Glazer didn’t answer with anything close to a yes or a no.
“We’re frankly focused on going forward," Glazer said. “The past is the past. We’re not going to spend energy on the past, because it’s going to detract from us going forward. One thing I will say though is the team has been left where there’s some good young talent on the team. I know that (coach) Lovie (Smith) and (general manager) Jason (Licht) and the whole organization will benefit from some of the work that’s been done in the past, and some of the players that were brought in."
That’s a very diplomatic answer, and Schiano and former general manager Mark Dominik did leave the Bucs with some good pieces in place. But I don’t think there is any question that hiring Schiano was a mistake.
His hard-edged style simply didn’t work in the NFL. He had some talent to work with last season, but he failed to get much out of it as the Bucs finished 4-12.