The Butch Davis TitleFebruary 10th, 2012
Joe Twittered out the link to Alex Marvez’s piece yesterday announcing that Butch Davis would be the Bucs’ “senior defensive assistant” and Joe instantly was hammered with e-mails and Twitter messages asking for both an explanation and demanding to know who will wear the defensive coordinator title.
Joe will explain, which should satisfy the grassy knoll types.
As Rick Stroud wrote in the Tampa Bay Times, it’s not quite a done deal with Davis, largely because Davis is still being paid by the University of North Carolina and is owed millions. The contract also forbids Davis from coaching anywhere or he could forfeit that cash.
So as much as Davis may want to coach, who exactly can flush away seven figures of legal tender?
Hence, why Davis may not be the coordinator but an “advisor.”
Why won’t Davis be the coordinator?
It’s likely because of a buyout in his contract with North Carolina, which fired him last year. It calls for him to receive about $2.7 million unless he accepts another coaching position. He already has received $933,000 and is set to receive $590,000 in January of 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Now for the grassy knoll types: there could be much more than what we know at face value.
Having Davis be an advisor means the job of defensive coordinator is still open. This allows the Bucs to hire an NFL position coach to come in and serve under that title, all the while learning from Schiano and Davis. Think Bill Muir when he was listed as the Bucs’ offensive coordinator under Chucky, but Muir was nothing of the sort.
Or, the Bucs could grab a college guy — let’s throw out a name like Tom Bradley — and said coach could ease into the position while Schiano (and Davis, wink, wink) do the heavy lifting for a few seasons.
Now Joe’s going to go all Area 51 on people: Joe has heard whispers — nothing more than rumors — that Schiano will implement a strict blackout of assistants talking to the pen and mic club, not unlike Tuna Parcells used to have and currently what Bill Belicheat has in place.
This practice began to spread so quickly, given the copycat nature of the league, that the NFL, tired of head coaches hogging the spotlight, put a kibosh on the growing trend and forced all NFL teams to offer up both the offensive and defensive coordinator to the press on a weekly basis. Other assistants are under no such mandate and if ordered by the head coach (Belicheat for example), can be prohibited from speaking on the record.
If, as Joe hears, Schiano implements this restriction on his staff, and Davis keeps his moniker of a special assistant (not a coordinator by title), he would never have to deal with reporters covering the Bucs, yet still have a heavy hand in molding the Bucs defense each week (wink, wink).
Now mind you, this is all speculation. Shoot, we don’t even know if North Carolina will swallow this scheme much less NFL
warden commissioner Roger Goodell.
But isn’t it fun to play David Brock?
The more Joe ponders this Davis maneuver, the more brilliant the plan appears.