On Sunday, the Tampa Buccaneers fell to the Philadelphia Eagles 31-20. As second-year head coach Greg Schiano and his team left the field at Raymond James Stadium, the Bucs fans that remained booed as the team exited.
The loss dropped the Bucs to 0-5. Under Schiano, the Bucs are now 7-14 and have lost 10 of their last 11 games.
However, Schiano is trying to stay positive and make sure Bucs fans do the same.
“The only thing I can say to the fans is, if they can hang in there, we’re going to be good,” Schiano told Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com Monday. “If they can’t, we’re still going to be good and they’re welcome back. I’m not being smart; I mean that.”
Talent doesn’t seem to be an issue. The Bucs have been big players in free agency and through the trade market, acquiring big money players like guard Carl Nicks, wide receiver Vincent Jackson, safety Dashon Goldson and cornerback Darrelle Revis over the last two years.
Of course, the Bucs did run quarterback Josh Freeman and the controversy surrounding him out of town and are starting rookie Mike Glennon at quarterback.
Because of that, Schiano appears to be resorting to moral victories, but is placing the blame for the losses on himself.
“We’ve had plenty of opportunities to win every football game we’ve been in this year and we’ve found ways to lose them,” Schiano said. “Now, I’m accustomed to being on the team that finds ways to win them. So I’m not doing my job. I’ve done it before and I need to do it again, where we expect it and we go do the little things that allow you to win.”
The Bucs will be back in action Sunday when they travel to Atlanta to take on the Falcons.