Did Fleck’s Distractions Affect The Bucs?December 18th, 2012
Maybe it’s coincidence, but the Bucs’ receiving game has been struggling and it started right around the time wide receiver coach P.J. Fleck clearly was in the heat of a job search and subsequently was named head coach of Western Michigan University yesterday.
Joe also has learned that Fleck’s wife went into labor yesterday. Congratulations, Mr. Fleck.
But those two scenarios above are major distractions, and given how greatly hands-on and influential Fleck was, and the emerging “miscommunication” issues between receivers and Josh Freeman, Joe can’t help but wonder if Fleck’s distractions led to trouble on the field.
Bucs fans seemingly saw something like this go down with Monte Kiffin, when — and it was Joe’s first major scoop — Kiffin was being shopped by son Lane Kiffin as part of a package coaching deal to various universities. Subsequently, Monte Kiffin made it known he was leaving the Bucs late in the 2008 season, and the Bucs defense quickly imploded into something not seen since the Sam Wyche era.
Joe’s not blaming Fleck for anything, just searching for possible answers as to what radically transformed the Bucs offense into a subpar unit.