Wallace Gilberry calls Greg Schiano a "joke", says Buccaneers felt like "high school program"

Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach keeps getting hit.

Wallace Gilberry is not a fan of Greg Schiano. Gilberry was with the Buccaneers during the 2012 offseason and looked like a pretty decent base defensive end in preseason. The Bucs released him after one game, and he has 8.5 sacks since then as a part-time player in Cincinnati -- more than any of the Bucs' defensive ends over that period.

And now, he's gone on the record to criticize Greg Schiano, something the Cincinnati Bengals published on their team website, via Cincy Jungle. Gilberry told Paul Dehner Jr. that the Bucs felt like a "high school program"

"When I was in Tampa, it was frustrating. The whole situation. From the time I got there until the time I left," Gilberry said before practice Thursday. "They released me twice. They cut me on the field at practice after the final cuts. I was on the field, ready to practice in pads and everything. Schiano came on the field and got me. 'Hey, we've got to release you.'

"I flew home to Alabama and they called me the next morning. 'We made a mistake. We want to bring you back.' They signed me back. I made the opening day roster. My contract was guaranteed (because he was vested) and then they cut me again after Week 1. Schiano's a joke, as you can see."

Well, that's what happens when you're on the roster bubble. The fact that the Bucs really can't generate an edge rush with their current pass rushers should tell us that they certainly made a mistake cutting Wallace Gilberry three times. One of those times with a guaranteed contract, a detail that I wasn't aware of.

Of course, not everyone is unhappy with Schiano. Gerald McCoy adamantly defended his head coach on his radio show on 620 WDAE, and other current players have defended him. Former players obviously have a reason to be dissatisfied with the man who let them go.

All of this will go away if the Bucs can finally start winning games. It's not going to go away until that happens, and it's only going to get worse if they keep losing. At 0-4 and with a circus atmosphere surrounding the team, Schiano can't afford to see many more negative stories about him come out.

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