Marvin Lewis Is Smarter Than ChuckyMay 27th, 2010
One of the nails in the coffin of Chucky’s tenure as the Bucs coach may have been his infamous arrogant/clueless statement/lie to Bucs fans (via the messenger known as the Bucs pen and mic club) was that he didn’t have Joey Galloway and Antonio Bryant play together because he couldn’t figure out a way to get both speedy receivers on the field at the same time.
Seems as though Bengals and near-Bucs coach Marvin Lewis has no such conundrums.
Lewis and his offensive coordinator, Bob Bratkowski, (who was the offensive coordinator at the University of Miami when the Canes won national titles in 1989 and 1991) are having Bryant, the former Bucs star receiver, play multiple receiver positions in order to maximize his time on the field, writes Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com.
This is a task that Chucky famously failed to grasp or refused to consider but has Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer all giddy.
” … or moving Antonio (Bryant) around all over the place. No. 2, No. 3, No. 1. You don’t want them to know where he’s going to be every time. It’s not so much getting him on a mismatch. We don’t think it matters if it’s going to be a nickel (corner), linebacker, or starting corner. We think it’s going to be a mismatch. But just getting him in a spot where the defense isn’t sure where he’s going to be once we break the huddle.”
Exhibit A is that Bryant is playing the Z (strong side) as well as the F (the slot) when he has usually only played the X (the weak side).
“I like it. I like playing different spots,” said Bryant, who caught a career-high 83 balls in 2008 when Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden had him at the Z. “It allows you to use all of your talent.”
Using all of your talent! Something Chucky didn’t feel like doing for whatever reason.
As many coaches that fly in from around the country to hang with Chucky in his bunker to go over football Xs and Ox, maybe Chucky should fly in Lewis and Bratkowski so Chucky can comprehend how to get two talented receivers who can stretch the field on the same play.