Don’t Discount The Depth ChartAugust 7th, 2012
At some point Greg Schiano sat down with his brain trust and crafted the Bucs’ first depth chart for Friday’s opening preseason game.
But the leader of the New Schiano Order, a man proudly obsessed with details, then stepped to the media podium today and suggested that nobody should take the depth chart too seriously. Rick Stroud, of the Tampa Bay Times, took notes.
“We released a depth chart, strictly because it’s league mandated, I guess, so we did it,” Schiano said. “I wouldn’t read too much into it right now. We haven’t played anybody, we haven’t been able to play one live snap, other than the young kids (Saturday). But just for us, we’ll be spending a lot of time together these next couple months I think. The way that I’ve handled, and the way that I will handle the depth chart is, every move that we make is whatever gives us the best chance to win. Whatever is best for the Bucs. I can’t say that about this depth chart for sure because I don’t know yet.
“But moving forward, if there are up and down moves, that’s why we do them. There’s not any other message or any other reason we’re doing it.’
Jimminy Christmas! Joe’s not about to believe for a second that every last name on Schiano’s depth chart wasn’t calculated and that each name placement isn’t revealing. That surely would be out of Schiano’s character and not jibe with Schiano’s core beliefs.
Sorry, Coach. Joe’s “going to read too much into it” right now until Friday’s kickoff. If “up and down moves” are important, then where guys sit right now is meaningful.
There’s a reason Arrelious Benn is listed as the first reserve to Vincent Jackson. There’s a reason Cody Grimm is third string behind Larry Asante. It’s worth noting that Preston Parker is listed as the lead punt and kickoff returner, or that E.J. Biggers is ahead of Myron Lewis. And, of course, as Joe wrote about earlier, LeGarrette Blount sits ahead of Doug Martin.
Joe looks forward to the next depth chart in seven days. Joe plans to happily read to much into that, too.