TBO.com, The Tampa Tribune and The Tampa Times - breaking news and weather
Friday, Jul 11, 2014
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs need to let Schiano just do his thing

By
Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2013 at 12:46 PM
TAMPA -

Well done, Bucs general manager Mark Dominik. Congratulations, Bryan and Joel, and, OK, we'll throw in Ed Glazer, too. You've hired your football guy, Greg Schiano.

Great job, fellas, bold, risky, all that.

Now: Leave him alone.

Stay out of his way, except when he needs something. Then go and get it for him.

This is Schiano's deal, not yours. How Dominik survived the recent purge is a mystery until you realize how much he sold the Glazers' idea when it came to the nonsensical notion that you can construct a football team entirely of draft picks, youth and more youth, the very formula that helped sink Raheem Morris.

And this coaching change won't mean anything unless there is a re-commitment on the part of ownership to do anything, everything, to make this franchise a winner.

This team has holes everywhere.

Let the head coach and his men fill them as he sees fit.

I don't know how independent a streak Schiano will have in him, having never been a head coach in the NFL. At his first news conference, Schiano sounded like he was in line with the Glazers' and Dominik's ideas about team building: defense, running the ball, the draft, all of it.

"In college football, it's recruit and develop," Schiano said. "In pro football, it's draft and develop. That's the way I think it goes. You draft great players and you get them here and you develop them and they get better and better and better."

If he is take charge, and he knows what he wants, he should have a major say in shopping for the groceries – that's the way it should be, that's the way it has to be.

Dominik has been hit and miss. For Adrian Clayborn, who made a splash, there is Gerald McCoy, who can't stay on the field. He re-signed Davin Joseph and Donald Penn. He also re-signed Michael Clayton. And Derrick Ward blew up and Quincy Black looks like a disaster.

Time for a new lead voice.

The coach has to be just that.

The Glazers need to step up, too. You've watched the Bucs, you've seen the holes.

All the answers aren't in the draft. They lie in free agency, and a bump in spending.

"We are going to spend whatever it takes to win, to put the best team on the field," Joel Glazer has said.

Go and do it, then.

Coaching change doesn't matter if there aren't changes in thinking up top.

There's a new man in town, and he needs all the help he can get. Sometimes, that means letting him do his job. Sometimes it means giving him the tools for his job.

If he wants an older team, let him have one. If he wants a better team, let him shop for one. If he has some new ideas, let him try them.

Schiano was a man in control at Rutgers, all about details, though he resists the title of micro-manager. But here's a guy who personally presided over the remaking of the Rutgers logo, poring over all kinds of examples before settling on a signature block R.

"We reduced it down to one logo so we could build a brand," Schiano said.

It's time to build one here.

You can't overstate what one coach can do. Look at Jim Harbaugh in San Francisco. It's not like it required an overhaul, but his word was the word out there.

So it should be here.

Give the new man everything he needs to rebuild the Bucs brand – freedom, resources, anything.

The Glazers and Mark Dominik picked him.

This is their guy. Now, let him be himself.

Comments