Commentary | Tampa Bay Buccaneers need to clean house

Tampa Bay Bucs don't need more excuses. They need to clean houseDecember 26, 2013 

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano talks to wide receiver Skye Dawson (18) during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Reinhold Matay)


In five days the Glazer brothers can make things right.

The siblings who own the Tampa Bay Buccaneers can turn Black Monday into a shining day of hope.

They can tell head coach Greg Schiano and general manager Mark Dominik thank you but your services are no longer needed.

It's the right thing to do. It would make the vast majority of the fan base happy.

Schiano has no equity. There is nothing in his resume that gives you reason to feel hope.

In 11 years at Rutgers he was below .500 against Big East Competition and BCS schools and never won a Big East title. He was 0-11 against West Virginia.

In five years as GM, Dominik had one winning season and the Bucs never went to the playoffs. His 2009 draft that included his prize Josh Freeman has been obliterated.

You mean there is nothing better out there?

This team is not that far from being winner, but needs a change of leadership.

It needs a quarterback who doesn't have to be surrounded by elite talent to be average.

It's time for the Glazers to take ownership of their mistakes.

The fans deserve it. All those empty seats need it.

The best news for Bucs fans this week were reports by multiple sources that Schiano's representatives have inquired about a possible opening at Penn State where current head coach Bill O'Brien is expected to leave for the NFL.

Schiano denies it, but more than a few reputable sources say it's true and it makes sense.

It could mean Schiano anticipates being fired.

Better yet it could antagonize the Glazers, who have taken a lot of heat for initially hiring him.

If he dumps the owners, could there be a worse embarrassment even with this family's history of poor decision making.

The brothers fired the two best coaches in franchise history in Tony Dungy and Jon Gruden. They hired arguably the worst and certainly the most under-qualified coach in Raheem Morris.

If you look at Schiano's body of work in college he never should've been hired.

He has no trophy case because he doesn't need one unless you count a bunch of meaningless bowl games that help pay expenses at ESPN.

Schiano's two years with the Bucs has been abysmal. He was 7-9 last year and will probably finish 4-12 with a loss to the Saints on Sunday, which would make him 11-21.

Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon epitomizes Schiano and Dominik. His top side is mediocrity if everything falls into place.

Dominik's overall body of work with drafts and free agents is mediocre at best. There have been some big splashes but just as many busts and he shelled out money to people like Eric Wright and Dashon Goldson who didn't and don't measure up to their paycheck.

A case can be made that Schiano has done a worse job than Morris, with a lot more talent.

The Bucs have lost eight games by double digits. Morris lost eight games by double digits in his final season. They rank last in total offense (the first time since '83).

Their high priced defense has allowed opponents to convert 73 of 191 third down attempts, which is similar to Morris' last year (73-185) when the Bucs ranked 30th in total defense.

The defense has had troubles holding onto to fourth quarter leads.

Glennon is not a guy who can carry a franchise and cannot compensate for the deficiencies of others. He needs a lot of help and offers mediocrity in return.

Schiano was criticized at Rutgers for being a poor game day manager. His inability to make in game adjustments is evident by the Bucs second half woes

The Bucs have failed on 27 straight third down conversion attempts of five yards or longer in the second half over their last seven games.

There is a feeling that constantly changing coaches doesn't solve anything, which is accurate. But the last two coaches for the Bucs (Morris and Schiano) were not qualified, which makes that argument mute.

You can take all the negative stats and throw them against the wall. SPLAT!!!!

It doesn't matter. The eyeball test says everything.

Make a change. The fans need hope, not excuses.

Alan Dell, Herald sports writer, can be reached at 941-745-8056. Follow him on Twitter at @ADellSports.

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