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Weathering the storm

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

The Glazer's didn't utter a word after the Bucs went 0-8 and were humiliated on national TV by the Carolina Panthers.

Now that the Bucs have won three straight, Joel Glazer felt the need to say something.

The Bucs' co-chairman dropped a few words of support toward his head coach to local Tampa reporters on his way out of Ford Field in Detroit.

"It speaks volumes about Greg," Glazer said after the Bucs' dramatic win. "Tough times, the team never doubted him in the locker room."

Glazer is right.

Players and coaches have worked hard all season. There's been no quit, and if that continues over the next five games, there is no question that Schiano will be back next season.

Covering seven different Buccaneers head coaches, this is the first time I've seen a head coach that was being chased out of town salvage his situation

That's a testament to Schiano. There is no question things got ugly at the midpoint of the season, and Schiano held his ground.

Fans turned on Schiano and wanted him gone. Some still may, but the progress this team is making with some of the no-names on the field is amazing.

Josh Freeman, Doug Martin, Mike Williams, Carl Nix are four starters from a year ago that are no longer contributing. That's a big hit.

Yet, the Bucs' offense is flourishing with Mike Glennon, Jamon Meredith, Bobby Rainey and Tiquan Underwood.

The Bucs are just the third team in NFL history to win three straight games after an 0-8 start. That's a sign that this team is fighting for wins and fighting to keep their jobs.

Just a month ago, following that loss to Carolina, this was Schiano: "When you don't win, there are consequences. We need to get our wins. I said it the other day. We'll get our share of wins. I believe we will."

The Bucs are backing it up. They have five remaining games to show Schiano is turning this ship around.

"We have to keep going. There is no sitting back and saying, 'Oh well, we have played,'" Schiano said. "They're really a fine football team in the Carolina Panthers. We have already shifted our focus there. We're going to learn from this game because there is a lot to learn from. We have some things that we didn't do very well today. We'll really crank it up because they are one of the best teams playing right now."

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