Bucs Had A Bad And A Good OffseasonJuly 7th, 2012
It seems as though just yesterday the Bucs just got pistol-whipped by the Dixie Chicks, nearly coughing up “half-a-hundred” points… in the first half!
It was the most brutal of brutal NFL performances Joe had ever witnessed. The coaching staff should have got on their knees and thanked Team Glazer for letting them board the plane back to Tampa it was such a slap in the face to Bucs fans.
The reason why if feels like that alley-beating happened just yesterday is because the Bucs offseason was anything but quiet. They hired a head coach, then some sort of czar of the football staff, then the trickle of assistant hirings, then big and small free agents, and then came the draft and then minicamps and OTAs.
It was a busy offseason.
Mike Tanier of FootballOutsiders.com took note of this and believes the Bucs had both a bad half, and a good half during the offseason.
The first half of this essay was written just before the Combine, when Greg Schiano cobbled together his band of unlikely coaching misfits. There’s Butch Davis, whose job title is carefully crafted so he can double dip on his North Carolina University severance. There’s Jimmy Raye, last seen mumbling into a headset and losing a power struggle to Alex Smith in San Francisco. There’s Bill Sheridan, who was so terrible with the Giants that he was fired before season’s end in 2010 by the most patient organization in the NFL. This is one garbled mess of a coaching staff, with guys like Davis and Raye holding vague titles that all but guarantee chain-of-command questions.
The second half is more optimistic, because the Bucs had a solid draft, made wise free agent acquisitions, and appear to have a decent young nucleus in place. The coaching staff may have some hiccups, but the Bucs will be better than they were in December of 2011. To get any worse, they would have to have all the bones from their bodies removed and live on as jellyfish people.
If the New Schiano Order is such a “garbled mess,” then what exactly would you call that schlock last season running the Bucs? Joe still cannot believe he didn’t rifle his remote through his (then) new HDTV for the notorious Benn’d-around play week after week, game after game.
Then, there was the weekly irresponsible if not dastardly mishandling of LeGarrette Blount.
Watching the Bucs last year was like watching a decent football team on ‘shrooms.