Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano seems destined to lose his job after loss against Carolina Panthers

Anwar S Richardson
Shutdown Corner

TAMPA, Fla. – Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano is running out of time to save his job.

Forget about the drama with former Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman. Put aside the MRSA outbreak at the team's facility. Ignore the dispute he had with former Bucs Super Bowl MVP Dexter Jackson.

Just examine the results after Tampa Bay’s 31-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Thursday:

• Schiano’s overall coaching record in Tampa Bay is 7-16.

• He currently has one more loss than former Bucs coach Raheem Morris had after his first 23 games, and Schiano was given more talent.

• Tampa Bay was expected to compete for a playoff spot, but the Bucs are now 0-7. The last time Tampa Bay began 0-7 was the 2009 season under Morris.

• Schiano has one win in Tampa Bay's past 13 games.

Meanwhile, Bucs fans have turned against their coach.

Tampa Bay’s home game at Raymond James Stadium had plenty of empty seats for the team’s first prime-time game this season. Most of those fans began heading for the exits early in the fourth quarter after Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert’s 3-yard touchdown reception gave Carolina a 28-6 advantage.

One disgruntled Bucs fan created a website dedicated to seeing Schiano lose his job, while a local radio station in Tampa rented a billboard that said, “Fire Schiano." Fans in Raymond James Stadium also voiced their displeasure with Schiano.

Tampa Bay’s owners fired Tony Dungy, Jon Gruden and Morris at the end of their disappointing seasons. Some NFL observers believe Schiano might last until the final game this season, but NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport is not convinced.

“I am told it is no guarantee that Greg Schiano will make it through the season; just 7-15 through his first season-and-a-half,” Rapoport said on NFL Total Access before Thursday's loss. “Here is what it would take: a string of embarrassing losses which would indicate the lack of effort on the field; lopsided losses. The other thing it would take: an obvious loss of the locker room with current players – not just former players – speaking out against Schiano. There are three Glazers involved in this decision. It is not going to be made rashly. It will be deliberate.”

It also appears inevitable.

Schiano is running out of time.

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Anwar S Richardson is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at NFLAnwar@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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