Butch Davis SpeaksFebruary 16th, 2012
The Bucs’ new super assistant in chief, Butch Davis, looked very presidential today at One Buc Palace as he sported a navy suit, red tie and spewed major love for Bucs head coach Greg Schiano.
Here are key highlights:
*Davis called Schiano “one of the best football coaches and the best men that I’ve ever had a chance to work with.” Davis explained that Schiano was someone “he hit it off naturally” with years ago at Miami.
*Before Schiano took the Bucs job he called Davis to ask him to join him.
*Davis said the University of North Carolina is “very comfortable” with his role and job with the Bucs. The inference was the school will not try to break its contract with him and withhold his severance pay. Davis said money concerns and a lack of interest in coaching palyers are not factors in his role with the Bucs. “That played absolutely no role,” Davis said. He said he can get a ton accomplished “without actually having to have the chalk in your hand.”
*Davis said he will not talk to players. … Later in the news conference he said he might talk to players that approach him about being a professional and encourage them. He said he won’t be “teaching and coaching and hands-on” with players.
*The primary piece of advice for Schiano? “Be yourself.”
*Davis was non-committal when asked how long he has committed to the Bucs.
*Davis said he expected to have some sort of gameday role “upstairs” but didn’t offer details. Strange to Joe, Davis said he didn’t know if he’d be allowed to have a headset on.
*On Mark Dominik, Davis said he is “unbelievably professional,” and he praised Dominik’s intelligence and communication skills, citing specifically how well he and Schiano are communicating.
*How do the Bucs look on film, Coach Davis? Davis said he’s only watched one hour of film so far. He offered no opinion on the Bucs other than heavy praise for Josh Freeman. Davis was clear that he will be evaluating the entire roster.
*Davis said he’ll “be in the room” when the Bucs interview dozens of players individually later this month at the NFL Scouting combine. Davis explained that he’s been stressing to Schiano about maximizing the 15 minutes allowed with potential draft picks there.