Bucs Will Rely On Old School SignalsAugust 11th, 2011
The fancy headset that’ll be in Mason Foster’s helmet tomorrow night will come off the field with him when he departs on most third downs.
Per Stephen Holder of the St. Pete Times, that means Quincy Black will get the defensive calls via sideline signals on passing downs. Or there always could be a guy sent in with the play. Joe really doesn’t find this to be a big deal, since the players learn the signals anyway in case of emergency, but it’s interesting nonetheless.
That will leave the Bucs in a situation where they’ll have to go old school on third downs, signaling defensive calls in to Black, who will relay them to teammates in the huddle. The transmitter makes life simpler and reduces the likelihood of miscommunications. Without one, and without a true middle linebacker in the game to make the calls, are the Bucs more susceptible to miscues? That remains to be seen.
As for preseason games, Joe’s not sure whether the rules allow multiple guys to use a communication helmet since nobody plays the entire game anyway. But in the regular season, only one player gets the honors.
Joe realizes that a significant percentage of Bucs fans will simply be ecstatic if they see Foster play physical football and shed blocks, even if he misses some calls.
So it goes in the post-Ruud era.