The Influence Of P.J. FleckAugust 8th, 2012
Previously, Joe wrote about how Mike Williams lauded his new receivers coach, excitable P.J. Fleck, and said because of Fleck’s influence, the Bucs receivers “are as one.”
Fleck, who Bucs fans at practices have noticed bounces all over the place, got another stamp of approval from Tiquan Underwood today.
Underwood, who is having a really good training camp thus far, told Joe about how Fleck is different than any position coach he has ever had, but it’s working for the Bucs.
“I am not used to a coach wearing cleats at practice,” Underwood said. Fleck is “getting after it, chasing you downfield. It is really different. It takes a bit to get used to but we thrive off of his energy as a group.”
Joe thought perhaps one reason for the receivers raving about Fleck is that Fleck will actually guard his receivers in drills, as if he was a member of the Bucs secondary. This, Joe reasoned, might give Fleck more or different insight into his receivers than a coach who normally just observes from the sidelines or monitors practice tape.
Underwood didn’t think this mattered much.
“When it comes to coaching, there are different methods, different styles, different philosophies,” Underwood said. “There is no right or wrong way. You coach whatever way you do best. For Coach Fleck, that is more upbeat where for Coach Sully [offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan], that is more laid back. So it is different styles, no right or wrong way and we are adapting to it. It’s working for us.”