Greg Schiano arrived with a bang ticking off Tom Coughlin in only his second game as an NFL coach and unrepentantly puffing out his chest in response.

Barring a shocking and almost inconceivable turnaround during his second season of running the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' ultra-tight pirate ship he'll likely leave with a whimper dashing back to college football during or after the conclusion of this miserable campaign.

With an 0-6 record in 2013 and 11 defeats in his last 12 games dating back to last November Schiano is underperforming in an unforgiving industry which is reason enough for the Glazer family to fire him. Yet this coaching faceplant transcends losing.

As the Bucs prepare to host the Carolina Panthers on NFL Network's "Thursday Night Football" it's abundantly clear that Schiano and the NFL is as poor a fit as Yasiel Puig and the NLCS on so many levels. Most glaringly the autocratic Schiano operates with an inherent deficit of respect both for America's preeminent sports league and for the men he's trying to lead.

And yes you'll notice I used the word men. That's because I've spoken to enough people who've played for Schiano during his two NFL seasons to conclude that he treats his players like children which is a major reason he has lost his locker room.

"How bad is it there? It's worse than you can imagine" says one NFL player who spent 2012 with the Bucs. "It's like being in Cuba."

Several current Bucs players describe a similarly bleak environment in which the all-powerful unyielding Schiano spews tone-deaf platitudes while demonstrating the personal charm of "Homeland" character Nicholas Brody.

None of this is a surprise to people in NFL scouting circles who came to dread their visits to Rutgers when Schiano was coaching there from 2001 to 2011. As I wrote last September such encounters were in the words of one NFC personnel executive "pure misery."

One veteran NFL coach told me then: "It's his way or (expletive) you. He needs to back up a little bit or he's going to have a very hard time in this league over the long haul."

This was in the wake of Schiano's edict at the end of a Week 2 defeat to the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium that his players blow up the line of scrimmage and try to pry the ball from Eli Manning as the quarterback executed a clock-killing kneel-down. That caused Coughlin one of the NFL's most respected figures to upbraid Schiano during their postgame handshake an uncharacteristic display of public anger that was quietly cheered by coaches scouts and front-office executives throughout the league.

Afterward Schiano stood by his decision telling reporters "I don't know if that's not something that's done in the National Football League. What I do with our football team is that we fight until they tell us 'game over.' ... We're not going to quit that's just the way I coach and teach our players. If some people are upset about it that's just the way it goes."

As it turned out opposing coaches like Coughlin were hardly the only ones upset by Schiano's approach. When he ordered the Bucs to pull a similar maneuver against Eli's big brother Peyton in the final stages of a 31-23 defeat to the Denver Broncos last December the future Hall of Fame quarterback was not pleased.

"Peyton cussed him out" recalls former Bucs defensive end Michael Bennett who signed with the Seattle Seahawks as a free agent last March. "And I ain't never heard Peyton cuss."

According to Bennett Bucs players weren't thrilled with Schiano's legal-but-dubious decree either.

"People just really hate it when you have to dive at people's legs" Bennett says. "At the end of the day we've got to keep going and move onto the next game and try to make a living. Some of these guys (on other teams) are our friends."

If torpedoing kneel-down plays was Schiano's lone controversial quirk this would hardly be cause for an internal tune-out of his leadership. So far this season however Schiano has compromised his standing by jettisoning his starting quarterback Josh Freeman under circumstances many in the locker room perceived as shady.

First Freeman was stripped of his captaincy in a vote that some players believed was rigged. Then in an apparent effort to defend himself against mounting criticism Schiano publicly chastised Freeman for having missed a team photo. After benching Freeman in favor of rookie Mike Glennon ESPN reported that the quarterback was in stage one of the NFL's drug program.

Freeman responded angrily issuing a statement that read "I have never tested positive for any illegal drugs or related substances." The NFL Players Association called for a joint league/union investigation to determine the source of the leaked information regarding Freeman's inclusion in the confidential program insinuating that Schiano was responsible.

Even if we give Schiano the benefit of the doubt and exonerate him of all Freeman-related transgressions -- and chalk up the dispute to a coach's understandable decision to replace (and ultimately release) a struggling player who had become a distraction -- it's easy to see why many inside the Bucs' locker room are skeptical.

Last year Schiano alienated many of his players and staff members with tantrums like the one I described on "NFL GameDay Morning" last month. According to a current Bucs player -- in an account corroborated by another witness -- Schiano became enraged during a practice late in the 2012 season when special teams coach Bob Ligashesky walked onto the wrong area of the practice field during a drill.

Instead of merely telling Ligashesky to watch where he walked Schiano launched into a loud tirade and threatened to fire him if he repeated the mistake. When Ligashesky was let go following the season it was hard not to draw a connection between the tantrum and that decision.

"I think he just wants to flex his power" Bennett says. "He has small (man's) syndrome. I still talk to guys who are there and trust me there's not much respect for him in that locker room."