Dave Wannstedt And The DefenseFebruary 6th, 2013
On face value, who can argue? Often, to get the best out of someone, said worker has to be pushed a little or have the fear of God put in them a lot.
With the hiring of Dave Wannstedt as special teams coach, Joe wonders if this same philosophy of competition extends to Schiano’s coaching staff?
As Joe pointed out yesterday, surely Schiano didn’t hire Wannstedt to just be a special teams coach; Schiano will lean at least a little bit on all the experience Wannstedt has at coaching defense.
Now Joe knows that some fans were — and are — outraged at defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan for the sieve that was the Bucs secondary. Yes, while Sheridan is responsible for the defense, one cannot nor should not overlook at how solid the rush defense was under Sheridan, as well.
If Sheridan is to be dinged for the bad, then he should also be patted on the back and lauded for the good in the spirit of fairness, and that rush defense was damned good. So Joe was not among the loud voices screaming for Sheridan’s demise.
Let’s say, heaven forbid, the Bucs secondary, even with an upgrade in talent sure to come this offseason, is still at the very bottom of the NFL in passing yards allowed, then would Schiano decide to plug in his old mentor Wannstedt at defensive coordinator and let Sheridan walk away?
It is just interesting that Schiano is all about competition at every level and he just hired a coach with decades of experience on the defensive side of the ball to be a lowly special teams coach.
If competition is good for players, is it also good for assistant coaches?