Brian Billick Talks To JoeFebruary 9th, 2012
Joe ran into Super Bowl-winning coach Brian Billick at Media Day during Super Bowl week. The current NFL Network/FOX analyst gave Joe his thoughts on the current state of the Bucs. While Billick likes new Bucs coach Greg Schiano, he stated blaming Raheem Morris for the grotesque 10-game collapse is unfair.
JoeBucsFan: Your thoughts on Greg Schiano as the new Bucs coach?
Brian Billick: Yeah, I have known Greg a long time, back when he was in the NFL. Hopefully that is the thing that will distinguish himself. College guys coming into the NFL of late have not done real well as of late, Jim Harbaugh notwithstanding, but I think that led a little bit to that. “Well yeah, this could be a good thing.” But you have to remember Jim Harbaugh had 15 years in this league. So he had a different perspective [than other college coaches]. But I think the time Greg Schiano’s experience in the league will help his approach and transition than typically college guys have.
Joe: It seems like Schiano is a big fundamentals guy…
Billick: … yes…
Joe: … and he probably got that from Joe Paterno…
Billick: … oh, absolutely …
Joe: … and this is something the Bucs sorely need, fundamentals.
Billick: Well, [the Bucs] are an excellent young team. We saw that two years ago. Obviously, that didn’t quite turn out this year. I think you have to be careful that once you make a change, “Oh, now we are going to be fundamentally sound.” You know what; they were fundamentally sound under Raheem.
Billick: Oh, sure. Raheem is a good coach. The thing is to believe just because you make a change, “Oh, now we are going to be OK.” Then five years down the line if things don’t work out you make another change and then again say, Oh, now we’re going to be OK” – so I don’t know if that is a fair criticism. But there is no question in my mind Greg will do a good job and [fundamentals] will be a priority.
Joe: Can you put a finger on what triggered the Bucs collapse? They were 4-2 with wins over two division foes, both playoff teams.
Billick: I think what we saw last year is what we expected two years ago. If that happened two years ago, we would be saying, “Oh, yeah, that makes sense. They are a young team, they are transitioning.” And then to have the year two years ago and 10-6 and maturity shows up and not turning the ball over. Then last year it kind of got juxtapositioned. I don’t know the specific reasons why so I can’t point to it but this is a very good young team that has a chance to come together and now mature as a young team and be pretty good.
Joe: Do you think then that wins over the Saints and the Falcons and jumping out to a 4-2 record were a mirage?
Billick: No, there is no such thing as a mirage in the NFL. You earn every win you can get. It showed their capability. The ability to sustain it over the season, that is when you show the maturity of your team.