Greg Schiano burned a lot of bridges during his disastrous two seasons as the Buccaneers’ head man.
Davin Joseph, however, still has his back.
The former longtime Bucs guard told Kevin O’Donnell of FOX 13 that he’s confident Schiano will roam the sidelines again.
“He will get another shot,” Joseph said. “A lot of coaches go down the same path. You’re given a direction. He was given a direction when he came here. He executed it well. To me he executed it very well. He did exactly what they asked him to do. Things just didn’t pan out.”
Coming off a 4-12 season in Tampa, Joseph signed a one-year deal with the Rams this offseason. Asked to look back on what went wrong in 2013, he pointed to a lack of structure.
“We just didn’t have the right chemistry last year,” Joseph said. “It takes a lot to be a great team. You see how hard it is with a rotating door with players and coaches to really get a team that has a great core. That was something we weren’t able to develop here in Tampa.”
Joseph might not admit it outright, but Schiano took a promising Bucs squad and ran them into the ground. Schiano’s rigid, disciplinarian attitude rubbed many the wrong way, prompting one ex-player to compare it to “being in Cuba.”
Justifiably fired after last season, Schiano latched on with old pal Bill Belichick in New England. Though Schiano’s role with the Patriots is a bit of a mystery, Joseph believes it’ll serve him well.
“He’s up there [New England Patriots] learning and growing, improving, working hard. So it’s going to pay off for him,” Joseph said.
Joseph is right in that some coaches, such as Belichick and Pete Carroll, experience success in their second stints, but there’s just as much reason to believe Schiano may never be handed another opportunity. His tenure in Tampa — highlighted by 21 losses and one notable controversy — was that bad.
(Photo credit: AP/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
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