Was Raheem’s Influence On Display Sunday?November 20th, 2012
Greg Schiano and the New Schiano Order has been widely lauded these past two days for their intense, detailed preparation leading to success in a brutal situation Sunday — needing eight points to tie with the ball on the Bucs’ 20 yard line, no timeouts and 1:02 on the fourth-quarter clock.
Of course, every fan knows how the happy ending went in Carolina.
But hearing all the love for Schiano reminded Joe of Raheem Morris’ words this summer. Raheem was asked about the knock on his teams being undisciplined. And Raheem responded by laughing that theory off and proclaiming that only highly disciplined teams have success late in games in the two-minute offense like the Bucs did repeatedly in 2010.
It was a fair point by Raheem (though it doesn’t explain 2011), and one that applies to what the Bucs pulled off Sunday.
Joe attends all training camp practices and many other practices, and the Schiano Bucs work on situational football details to the extreme. It’s a common sight to see Schiano with his bullhorn barking out scenarios, “Men, 26 seconds left, we got the ball at our 47 yard line with no timeouts and down by two points. Let’s go.” And needless to say everything ramps up to full speed immediately, much like Joe moves when the pizza delivery guy rings the doorbell.
While Joe is quick to blame Raheem’s lousy leadership for dragging the Bucs into the toilet last season, Joe will credit the former coach for what his team accomplished late in games in 2010. Amazing plays like this in Cincinnati weren’t luck. And Joe has no doubt those experiences helped drive the confidence of Josh Freeman and many other Bucs on both sides of the ball Sunday.
Before this season, Ronde Barber said he was confident the Bucs under Greg Schiano would be able to build on the successes that led to a 10-6 record in 2010 and block out the collapse of 2011. That was very much on display Sunday.