Coach Of The Week

August 27th, 2012

Friday night, Joe walked away impressed with the new defense led by Bucs coach Greg Schiano. The Bucs defense seemed to rise from the dead and stonewalled one of the most potent offenses in the NFL.

It seems the Bucs defense caught the eye of scone-loathing, cricket-watching, Marriott-hopping Peter King of Sports Illustrated. In his must-read Monday Morning Quarterback column today, King lauds Schiano for his work transforming a horrid lot into what is starting to look like a formidable squad.

Coach of the Week
Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano.
In the span of a month, without top pass rusher Da’Quan Bowers, Schiano and defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan have put a tough stamp on their defense. On Friday night, Tom Brady and one of the NFL’s three best offenses had the ball nine times. Five times Brady went three-and-out; once four-and-out. He had two long touchdown drives. By the time Ryan Mallett came in to replace Brady, the Bucs led 30-14.

Well, Joe thinks King left out some salient information that makes what the Bucs defense did Friday even more impressive.

The Bucs did not have the services of starting middle linebacker Mason Foster, who sat out the game with a tender hamstring. Then, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy went out early in the game on a borderline dirty hit. Then, defensive end Adrian Clayborn.

Three of the Bucs’ top defensive players in the front seven played sparingly, and they still put the hurt on Tom Brady and company.

Joe will have a story a bit later today with a little nugget on just how the Bucs defense has changed under the New Schiano Order.

11 Responses to “Coach Of The Week”

  1. robert Says:

    he earned it. I caught some of the jets pansies game last night. I was watching the NYJ who have a swarming D and was thinking how the Bucs D looked even more scary when it comes to pressure. They were getting after it, both from the DE, DT & LB…mostly DE & LB blitzes though. but I can’t wait to see the eat cammie bear.

  2. Buddhaboy Says:

    Peter King is a slob. Same article he ripped tampa area for not showing up for the Rays. I dont get why people like this two toned biotch. Maybe him and his snobby buddy mike florio can go buy a house in san fran and be fruity together and talk about frappamocha locka hoocka chinos and stuff

  3. The Dutcher Journal (Pete Dutcher) Says:

    Joe, I got spammed.

  4. Bobby Says:

    Like I said, that defense looked really, really good. Best I’ve seen us look since the first Atlanta game last year. Brady was actually confused and it was really fun to watch. If that continues I may have to up my projection on the win/loss record for us this year. Seriously, we could win the division with that defense. We’ll have to see whether they can sustain that kind of play in the regular season but I loved what I saw Friday. Don’t have to score a lot of points when you have a defense like that.

  5. K_bassuka Says:

    And he left the even more important one out, it’s just preseason…who cares…

  6. Adam Says:

    “Top pass rusher?” I understand the jury is still “out” on Bowers, but calling him “top pass rusher” is like referring to the receptionist as CEO.

  7. Miguel Grande Says:

    I’ll agree with Peter King for once and give Greg Schiano props for coach of the week. I was impressed.

    Now he has to figure out the problem we have with our QB Dilfer…..err….Freeman.

  8. dave Says:

    I agree Miguel.

    Freeman’s play was not that good. He missed about 4 WRs due to inaccuracy.
    Complete those and it could be more of a blowout early on.

    He still did not seem to be setting his feet prior to throwing.

  9. Colorado Buc Says:


    You forgot to mention that pretty boy brady did not make his 2nd touchdown drive until the defensive reserves were in with 2 minutes left in the 3rd. Also the run game was the primary reason both scores were achieved, not golden boy’s arm..

  10. 76buc76 Says:

    As long as Freeman is on target when it count’s like he did over and over again in 2010 and the first 4 games last year.We’ll be fine.Last year boiled down to having to go thru a hellish schedule that broke our will.They tryed against the titan’s to stay alive but losing that game was the end of the season.The nail in the coffin and wrapped with 100 meters of chain padlocked and backfilled was the beat down the freakin Jags gave us.

  11. Brandon Says:

    King is wrong. Bowers isn’t even a top 5 pass rusher on the Bucs AND the Pats 1st stringers last TD was against the Bucs 2nd string, not 1st string… AND one of the Pats 3 and outs was against those same 2nd stringers.