TAMPA – Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano says he senses the frustration growing within the Bucs fan base, but in the wake of the team's fifth straight loss today he promised a positive payoff for everyone.
“I understand we're disappointing a lot of people,'' Schiano said. “This is a community, an area, that it very passionate about their team and had high expectations as I did, so far it hasn't come to fruition.
“But the only thing I can say to the fans and I (how) know this sounds, but if they can hang in there, we're going to be good. If they can't we're still going to be good and then we'll welcome them back.''
The Bucs dropped a 31-20 decision to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. The loss was their fifth in five games this year and the 10th in their last 11 dating back to last season.
“I'm not trying to be smart, I think our fans are great,'' Schiano added. “When I came out to start the game for warm-ups, our fans were awesome. At the end of the game, I'm disappointed just like they are. But when we get it turned, it's going to be really special.''