Time for our weekly “Five Questions, Five Answers” with a beat writer who covers Seattle’s opponent. Our guest this week is Rick Stroud, who covers Tampa Bay for the Tampa Bay Times. You can also follow Stroud on Twitter at @NFLSTROUD
Q1: Nationally there is a lot of speculation about the future of head coach Greg Schiano. How thin do you think the ice really is for him there?
A1: It’s never good when you start the season 0-7. To compound things, the Bucs have lost 12 of their last 13 games dating back to last season. Schiano seat is hot? Hot enough to have him fired during the season? It seems unlikely. The Glazers have never done that. Typically, interim situations do not work well. At that point, you’re essentially firing the entire coaching staff. How much harder will they work once that happens? But a lopsided loss at Seattle may for the Glazer family to say something, even if it’s just to confirm their faith in Schiano.
Q2: The Bucs appeared to be a team that could contend for a playoff spot heading into the season. What in a nutshell has gone wrong?
A2: What went wrong for the Bucs is the quarterback position. Josh Freeman was never Schiano’s guy. He proved it during the off-season. Freeman performed lousy and was finally traded after three weeks. But that forced the Bucs to play Mike Glennon before he is ready. Glennon isn’t the reason the Bucs are losing, but he has a lot to do with not winning. The locker room is starting to lose their patience with this coaching staff.
Q3: How has Mike Glennon played since taking over for Josh Freeman at QB?
A3: Glennon has played better than advertised. He reads out plays well and is accurate in those short to intermediate throws. His down the field accuracy is not good so the Bucs will struggle until he makes teams pay deep. Overall, he is averaging more than 45 passes a game, a rookie record for the first four starts, and Schiano says they have to become more balanced.
Q4: How much will it impact the passing game that Mike Williams is now out for the season?
A4: The loss of Williams is a huge one. He gets the one-on-one matchups and take the pressure off Jackson at times. It means more targets to Jackson, I suppose, but someone else needs to step up quick to match the Patriots. Tiquan Underwood and Eric Page are what’s left of the receiving corps.
5, The defense includes three former Washington Huskies in LB Mason Foster, S Dashon Goldson and DE Daniel Te’o-Nesheim. How has each played this season?
A5: LB Mason Foster, S Dashon Goldson and DE Daniel Te’o-Nesheim have played very well as starters. Foster made a real step up next to Lavonte David is a physical tackler. Goldson is the real deal but beat up today with an ankle injury. Te’o-Nesheim would not be a first and second down rusher on most teams but the Bucs needed him because Da’Quan Bowers has underachieved.