Carolina beat Buccaneers as pressure on Schiano mounts
(Reuters) - Quarterback Cam Newton helped Carolina add to the pressure on Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano as the Panthers recorded a 31-13 victory on Thursday.
Newton completed 23 of 32 passes for 221 yards with two touchdowns while also rushing for 50 yards and a touchdown as the Panthers improved to 4-3.
The Buccaneers are mired at 0-7 and Schiano is under added pressure after the team also lost five of their last six games last season, while local media have reported his players were upset at his authoritarian coaching style.
Another ineffective display on their home field, where they failed to score a touchdown until late in 'garbage time' of the final quarter, will only intensify the pressure with a heavy portion of the crowd sporting signs asking for him to be sacked.
"It doesn't affect me," the under-fire coach told reporters. "You can sit there and cry about it and feel sorry for yourself but that ain't going to help anything.
"People are certainly entitled to their opinion. Here's the thing, my whole career, player and a coach, you get up in the morning and work as hard and as smart as you can, it usually puts you to bed tired and you get up and do it again and that's the way I do it."
Schiano said the only way forward was to stick together and keep looking to improve.
"We are doing the best we can, our coaches and players, stick together, sometimes it doesn't go your way," he added.
"You have to keep doing it, look for new ways to make as better, and hopefully go get a win in Seattle (next week). Continued...