So Mike Williams Is A No. 2 Receiver?February 8th, 2012
My, how things change in just a year’s time.
Last year when the Bucs finished the season with a 10-6 record, nosed out of the playoffs on a tiebreaker by the eventual Super Bowl champs Green Bay Packers, Bucs fans throughout the globe were geeked as it finally seemed like the Bucs had a potent passing game.
Quarterback Josh Freeman combined with electric rookie No. 1 wide out Mike Williams appeared to be a lethal tandem for years to come.
But days after introducing Greg Schiano as the Bucs new coach after the entire team collapsed in 2011, largely due to bad coaching, now it appears the Bucs are of the belief Williams is not a No. 1 receiver. That’s the word from Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune in a recent Bucs TBO question-and-answer feature.
Q: I agree with some of your recent comments about free agents. What do you think the possibilities of luring Dwayne Bowe here? I think Williams is a No. 2 in this league and Benn would be great in the slot. Your thoughts?
A: I think you’re absolutely right about Mike Williams. Even more importantly, the Bucs feel the same way. As for Benn, the Bucs believe his speed is a big asset that might be wasted in the slot. He’s a faster No. 2 than Williams, but still a No. 2 probably. The Bucs definitely need a deep threat to finish off what is a decent receiving corps and Bowe could help there. He’s worth looking at, so he’s someone to keep on the radar as free agency rolls around.
– Woody Cummings
Well. Joe is happy to read that the Bucs braintrust figured out the weekly Benn’d-around play was not exactly the best way to utilize Arrelious Benn’s talents. Whew.
However, if that is the case, that Bucs coaches were not utilizing Benn properly, why are we to make the leap that this same coaching staff was using Williams appropriately as a No. 1 receiver?
Joe’s of the mind that neither of these receivers were used correctly — that the Bucs’ offensive coaching staff simply couldn’t devise the correct schemes in order for both Williams and Benn to utilize their best skills.
Joe finds it a bit curious that the team has dismissed Williams as a No. 1 receiver after just a few months under poor coaching.