Schiano Says Bucs Still Figuring Out Blount’s RoleSeptember 19th, 2012
Joe’s made it extraordinarily clear for many months that LeGarrette Blount is a dangerous offensive football player who needs a coach that understands how to maximize his talents.
Greg Olson failed at that in 2011, and to date the New Schiano Order is in the same boat.
Monday on his radio show on WDAE-AM 620, Greg Schiano offered insight into Blount’s role and acknowledged that the Bucs’ staff must challenge their minds to find a way to better incorporate Blount.
“LeGarrette Blount, you will see run again,” Schiano said. “He’s going to be a part of our offense. He did play a couple of plays [Sunday], but you know in that game when there’s only 52 plays, and I never felt like our running back, Doug [Martin], got at all winded. And, you know, we have to figure a way to work him in there better, even in a situation like that. Because he brings a unique skillset to that position and definitely can complement Doug and make our run game better.”
Frankly, Joe was left rather speechless by the coach’s comments and choice of words. That Schiano had the mindset to talk about Blount’s role in relation to the aerobic fitness of “our running back” is mind-boggling. First, Martin isn’t exactly setting the league on fire, and the right call, as Schiano said, is to get the most out of Blount and Martin to maximize the rushing attack.
Joe hopes the Bucs have learned their lesson moving forward. Using all your weapons makes the offense less predictable and more dangerous.