Schiano Sensing More Tight End ActionNovember 20th, 2012
Last night the head coach talked a little offense with a fan and revealed why he expects to see significantly more work for his tight ends as the playoff hunt marches on. The revelation came down during an exchange on The Greg Schiano Show on WDAE-AM 620.
Caller: I thought it was a great adjustment when the fade was taken away to start hitting Dallas Clark. … Is he going to be more of a focal point of our offense now that teams are trying to takeaway the fade?
Schiano: I think you’re right. I think that, you know, as we move forward and people start doing some double clouded corners, which means rolling the two corners up on and having some help over the top, if you don’t use your tight end, you’re kind of out of luck. And we have some tight ends, not only in Dallas but in Luke [Stocker]. And we need to make sure that we utilize them in the pass game, and we will. I think we have to an extent ala the winning touchdown [Sunday], but there’s more. I think there’s more to come here as the offense continues to expand.
Joe agrees with Schiano’s premise that team’s will look to take away the Bucs’ explosive plays in the passing game. There’s no logic to doing anything else, especially considering that Josh Freeman’s weakness lies in the shorter throws.
Regardless, preparing to stop the Bucs offense is brutally tough duty for any defense.