What Coach Was Being Outed?December 17th, 2012
The brave soul in the Bucs locker room who wouldn’t offer his name but blew the whistle on a Bucs coach(es) to Mike Florio, the creator, curator and overall guru of ProFootballTalk.com, claimed the (former) college coaches of the Bucs need to go back to college, so Joe wonders who exactly this stand-up, unnamed knight (sarcasm) was referring to.
So Joe will do a little snooping from his keyboard and see if he can connect the dots.
Greg Schiano: Very likely said player was referring to the New Schiano Order in general, and in particular, head coach Greg Schiano and his hard-nosed ways. To this, Joe says, “Wah. If the NFL is too tough, maybe said player would prefer volleyball or gymnastics.” The NFL is a sport for men, not spoiled children.
Bob Bostad: No Bucs coach, short of perhaps Bryan Cox, has done a better job than Bostad, the offensive line coach who came from Wisconsin. Bostad has proven himself to be one of football’s best offensive line coaches, NFL or college.
Jay Butler: The strength and conditioning coach from Rutgers, well, Joe has not heard a bad word about him.
Ron Cooper: There is no way to describe Cooper’s work with a straight face other than to suggest the Bucs defensive backs coach from LSU has done an atrocious job. The Bucs are on pace to set a franchise-worst record for pass defense and could set an NFL mark for the same. Even when he had the Adderall Twins, Aqib Talib and Eric Wright, the Bucs secondary was getting fried worse than an Artie Lange relapse. Joe has no earthly idea how Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik or Schiano can sell to paying customers and Bucs loyalists a Cooper return in 2013. The job (?) Cooper has done this season reinforces the notion that to win in college, all you need to do is recruit.
P.J. Fleck: Joe has spoken with virtually all the Bucs receivers on a regular basis and not one of them has had a remotely unkind word about the Bucs high-strung, high-energy wide receivers coach. In fact, Bucs receivers regularly laud Fleck in glowing terms.
Bob Fraser: Perhaps the unit that has had the best turnaround since last year is the linebackers, led by their position coach who came from Rutgers. Fraser had done as good of a job as Bostad and/or Cox. If anything, Fraser deserves a promotion.
Phil Galiano: Not much of a feel on the Bucs’ assistant special teams coach, who hailed from Rutgers, either way. The Bucs’ special teams have been average.
Bob Gilmartin: Another assistant strength and conditioning coach, also from Rutgers, is often lauded by Schiano. As with Galiano, Joe has no feel for Gilmartin either way.
Jeff Hafley: From Rutgers, the Bucs assistant defensive backs coach is guilty by association. If you work in waste management, you generally smell like trash. Given the horrendous play of the secondary, it doesn’t bode well for Hafley’s job security, nor should it.
Tem Lukabu: Listed as a generic “defensive assistant,” Lukabu, from Rutgers, may slide depending on where he is working. If he’s working with the linebackers or front line, he is on solid footing. If he works with the defensive backs, welp…
Joe Vaughn: Another assistant strength and conditioning coach, he hails from Kansas. Again, Schiano often lauds this group for their work and Joe has no feel yah or nay on these assistants.
Just judging by the resumes of the aforementioned coaches and the pathetic job the secondary has performed this season, Joe’s just going to guess — nothing more than a guess — that the courageous man who outed coaches to Florio was a member of the Bucs secondary.
Again, just a hunch. Nothing more. Just reading the tea leaves.