Shaun King Adjusts Tune On BlountAugust 13th, 2012
Much like how the New Schiano Order gave players a clean slate when the regime began this winter, it seems former Bucs quarterback and current NBC Sports Network analyst Shaun King has a new attitude toward LeGarrette Blount.
In December, King predicted Blount would not be on the 2012 Bucs roster because of his deficiencies on third down, work ethic and he was “one offseason from getting fat.” Now King seems to be a cheerleader in Blount’s corner.
“I think I’m on the other side of the coin when it comes to LeGarrette Blount. I think he’s a lot more talented than people give him credit for,” King said. “And I think this year Buc Nation’s going to get an opportunity to see his abilities. You look at last year, when given the opportunity he was outstanding.”
King, one of only three quarterbacks to lead the Bucs to the NFC Championship game, went on to do defend Blount’s deficiencies in short yardage, despite his size and strength. “I think that’s something that you develop as a runner. You think he came from a spread-type system in Oregon where they never really were in a heavy three-tight end, fullback, tailback” set, King said, adding that the entire team’s short-yardage mindset will change under Greg Schiano’s commitment to being physical.
Catch the entire WDAE-AM 620 interview with King below. King delivers many takes on all things Bucs.