New York Giants SouthJune 2nd, 2012
Joe is asked this question often, mostly on Twitter:
What kind of defense will Greg Schiano run?
Nobody short of Schiano really knows. Every time he is asked this question, he gives some evasive answer such as, “We will run some four-man fronts and some three-man fronts.”
Translation: Wait until September to see.
The question Joe cannot remember any fan asking him yet is, “What kind of an offense will Greg Schiano run?”
Well, it will be a run-first offense for sure, since the Bucs loaded up on running backs in the draft and added Carl Nicks. Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune is of the mind that the Bucs will run Mike Sullivan’s offense, which will be a version of the New York Giants, offense. That’s what Cummings detailed in a TBO Bucs Q&A.
Q: Coach Schiano impresses me by trying to instill work ethics back in the Bucs. His selection of experienced ex-pro assistants and his style are impressive. My concern is his ability to develop a pro-caliber offense. The Rutgers offense was mediocre by college standards and the jump to the NFL is a concern. Can Schiano make the leap scheme-wise?
A: Well, the Bucs aren’t going to run Schiano’s offense. They’re going to run his defense and Mike Sullivan’s offense. We’re still not sure what Sullivan’s offense will look like but the word we have from the players we’ve talked to, including QB Josh Freeman, is that it will look a lot like what the New York Giants have been running lately. That makes sense since Sullivan came from the Giants, where he was receivers coach and then quarterbacks coach. That offense has won two Super Bowls so it must be rather effective. It’s primarily a rush-oriented attack that takes shots down the field, which is definitely what Schiano wants.
— Roy Cummings
While the Giants do like to the throw the ball downfield, it’s a run-first offense, even with Eli Manning at quarterback. The Giants have thrown two- and three-headed running back monsters at defenses.
This tells Joe right there that not just Muscle Hamster and LeGarrette Blount will get plenty of work, but scatback Michael Smith could see plenty of touches.