The heat on Greg Schiano in Tampa is rising. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport spoke with Buccaneers sources Thursday before Tampa's game against the Carolina Panthers who said there is "no guarantee" Schiano will even make it through the season. Those sources say that Schiano could lose his job if the Buccaneers suffer a string of embarrassing losses, show a lack of effort, and if there is an "obvious loss of the locker room" including current players speaking out against Schiano. That sounds like an invitation. ... During the fourth quarter of Buccaneer's 31-13 loss to the Panthers, [NFL Media columnist Michael Silver] tweeted that based on their conversations with Bucs sources, neither he nor Rapoport expect Schiano to be fired Friday. (NFL.com) Comment
To run, or not to run -- that is the question for Michigan State's Connor Cook. Both [Mark Dantonio] and QB coach Brad Salem have indicated Cook simply doesn't know how good he can be running the football. But they keep playing him, which sends the message that it's OK if Cook doesn't take their coaching, muster the courage, and find the hunger to run with the football. The truth is, it's not OK, and there's a team of Michigan State defenders and a group of 18 seniors that would agree. ... That's a lot of pressure for a redshirt sophomore, but Dantonio has turned Michigan State into a contender, and such expectations come with the territory at quarterback. ... Cook's reluctance -- or inability to accept what the coaches tell him, as far as running with the football -- is holding back the entire football team. (Detroit Free Press) Comment
A dark-horse candidate for Brian McCann's services? If someone was to guess which team might be the least likely to land [McCann], the Giants might quickly come to mind. After all, they already have the game's best-hitting catcher in Buster Posey. And even if they didn't have Posey, an American League team seems to be a more natural fit for a good-hitting catcher due to the DH. However, it appears the Giants might at least consider looking at McCann. They are said to have interest in a left-handed power bat, and the market is extremely thin there. A person with Giants connections said that, ultimately, it may depend on how much playing time McCann seeks. He hit 20 home runs with 57 RBI and a .256 batting average this past year, the seventh time in eight seasons he hit 20 home runs. (CBS Sports) Comment
These two Buccaneers fans made their frustrations with Greg Schiano very clear as Tampa Bay lost to Carolina 31-13, falling to 0-7 on the season. (Photos by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Tom Verducci discusses how the Cardinals' young pitchers took control of Game 2 of the World Series Game 2.