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Greg Schiano needs to win to keep Buccaneers together

Ex-Rutgers quarterback Mike Teel talks Greg Schiano.

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Former Greg Schiano quarterback Mike Teel talked to Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report to discuss Greg Schiano's leadership style. It's filled mostly with the obvious stuff: he demands a lot from his players, not everyone can play from him and, apparently, leaking things to the media is not his style.

Mike Teel cuts to the heart of the problem pretty quickly, too.

"The NFL and college are two different worlds," said Teel. "His style is, 'We're going to do it this way. If you don't like it, I'll find someone else.' His style can fit in the NFL, but if you don't win, it can be hard to follow."

And that's the problem right now: the Buccaneers are not winning games. They're losing them in excruciating ways. Not in blowouts, but in competitive games lost on last-second field goals. That hurts the fans, and it hurts the players. As we go forward, we're likely to continue to hear rumors about an "atmosphere of fear and distrust" unless the Bucs start winning.

The Buccaneers have the talent to win games, too. Their defense is playing lights out right now. The offense has the talent to be very good, although obviously the quarterback position is an issue. But for some reason, that hasn't come together at all this year. Part of that is scheme, part of that is execution for all players.

If the coaches can turn that around and the Bucs can start winning games, the season could be salvaged pretty comfortably. But if they can't, Greg Schiano is in danger of losing the locker room entirely. Once that happens, they have issues.