“We’re Not Playing The Giants Offense”November 14th, 2012
Rockstar general manager Mark Dominik is back on tour and landed on the popcorn-munching, coffee-slurping, fried-chicken-eating, oatmeal-loving, circle-jerking, beer-chugging Peter King podcast this week on SI.com.
Using passionate tones, Dominik put his foot down on the bandwith to let it be known that the Bucs and Mike Sullivan are not running the Giants offense. No, the Bucs run their own new brand of high-flyin’ and punch-you-in-the-mouth football. It’s what Joe likes to call the “Gulf Coast Offense.”
King said he’s surprised how explosive the Bucs have become “sort of overnight” and asked Dominik why and how that’s happened.
“I would say it’s been a buy-in mentality of our players, really tying into Coach Sullivan and what he wanted to bring and his view, along with Coach [Ron] Turner, quarterback coach for us. Their view of what they wanted this offense to be in terms of our offense. We’re not playing the Giants offense right now. We are a Tampa Bay offense. It’s different than what the Giants do, but there are some things that are mimicked in it, but it’s not the same. And I think the buy-in from the players, and that starts with the quarterback and his work that he put in this offseason, and the buy-in of our players of our coaching staff.”
This chatter intrigued Joe on several levels. First, it was the passion Dominik used to say this Bucs offense is its own brand. Second was Dominik’s crediting Ron Turner and Sullivan and not mentioning other coaches in that take.
Dominik did go on to talk about how adamant Greg Schiano was in the interview process about how he wanted to be a coach that took a lot of shots downfield even though he had a ball-control philosophy. Dominik said it was clear Schiano had studied a lot of offense despite being a defensive-minded coach.