May 4, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano talks with cornerback Leonard Jackson (29) during rookie mini camp at One Buc. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
Some website put together some ranking of head coaching job security and Greg Schiano ranked a surprisingly low #12, but the details of that analysis don't interest me all that much. It does, however, raise an interesting question: is there a situation in which Greg Schiano can be fired after season? Well, I bet he'll be fired if the team goes 0-16 or suffers through the same problems they had last season with a massive losing streak featuring massive incompetence. So yes, there undoubtedly exist some scenarios where he will lose his job - but overall, his job should be really secure.
Let's look at the evidence:
- The Glazers have never fired a coach after a single year, despite both Tony Dungy (6-10) and Raheem Morris (3-13) starting off rather inauspiciously.
- Coaches don't generally get fired after just a single season. They're given the time to re-build their teams, as they often walk into situations where significant change is needed. That's the case here, as the Bucs have overhauled the roster this offseason.
- The Bucs are in a very tough division, which excuses a below-average result somewhat: 6 games against the Falcons, Saints and Panthers doesn't help anyone.
- The talent on the roster has been improved, but there are still holes, there's a lot of unrealized potential which may not develop, and there are issues with depth at several positions.