Greg Schiano's rookie season as Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach has been up and down -- and right now, it's more down than anything. After a four-game winning streak thrust the Buccaneers into the playoff picture and elevated Tampa Bay's record to 6-4, Schiano and his Buccaneers have lost four straight, putting Tampa Bay's record at 6-8.
Tampa Bay's embarrassing 41-0 loss to the New Orleans Saints not only dropped the Bucs to 6-8, but it also eliminated the Buccaneers from playoff contention.
Still, Schiano remains optimistic for the future of the Buccaneers -- and told the media that though there is disappointment in the locker room, the sky is not falling.
"The team is disappointed in what we did yesterday,'' Schiano said. "Whether it was all pretty or perfect, but 13 games, either we won or it came down to a one possession game where we could've won the game...and that's competitive football. Then we go out and we throw our first clunker. We've been together now 11 months and we threw a clunker. Now, the sky's not falling. We've got a lot of good young players and we have some experienced really good players. We threw a clunker. Now, we've got to get over it.
Though the Bucs won't qualify for the playoffs this season, Schiano is right -- the Buccaneers do have a lot of good, young players -- players such as Doug Martin.
While any season that ends without a playoff berth is disappointing, there is still is plenty for Schiano and Bucs fans alike to be optimistic for in the future.