Ron Cooper Discounts His Coaching InfluenceFebruary 7th, 2013
It’s pretty darn clear that beleaguered former Bucs secondary coach Ron Cooper, now the University of South Florida assistant head coach, wasn’t a big fan of his first NFL experience and is ecstatic to back in the college ranks.
Cooper sat down yesterday with “Gary and The Commish, on 98.7 FM, and when asked about his Buccaneers experience, Cooper never once thanked the organization, mentioned Greg Schiano or any other coaches, and remarked about limited time to teach in OTAs.
Asked about coaching the Bucs secondary, Cooper talked a lot about injuries and absences, and praised opposing quarterbacks.
“That’s league’s what I call different,” Cooper said of the NFL. “It isn’t as much coach-driven as it is player-driven. You know, the players are the ones that have to execute. The players are the ones that have to do it all. You know, a lot of times that people put it and say, ‘It’s coaching. It’s coaching. It’s coaching.’ But, you know, there are good quarterbacks, Drew Brees, Matt Ryan. I mean they’re good quarterbacks. The difference probably in professional football is that every week, not every week, but out of the 16 games you’re going to have 12 guys, including the guy at Oakland, that can make every throw.”
Cooper went on to say it was a challenge to have new players coming on the roster during the season.
Weeks ago, Joe reported that privately Cooper was frustrated by Schiano demanding the secondary be coached Schiano’s way when it came to drills and other methods.
Regardless, it’s clear Cooper wasn’t a good fit for the Bucs or the NFL. Joe wishes Cooper well. (You can listen to the complete interview below.)