“He’s Matured As A Coach”June 14th, 2013
Joe knows he’s got young readers who don’t realize that Bucs pass rush coach Bryan Cox was a ferocious beast of a player in his day.
Not only was Cox a phenomenal three-time Pro Bowl linebacker for Don Shula in Miami, he went on to be a key cog for Bill Parcells with the Jets’ run to the AFC title game in 1998, and he made plays for Bill Belicheat in 2001, including in the Patriots’ Super Bowl win that season.
Cox has soaked up plenty from legendary coaches, and Joe thinks Cox brings a world of credibility and real experience to the Bucs’ defensive front-7. Cox also is a straight shooter, so Joe was pleased to hear him say Greg Schiano will be among the improved pieces of the Bucs in 2013.
“He’s matured as a coach,” Cox said this week. “Some things that if you were to ask him, some things that he did last year, he’d say, ‘ok, we’d like to make these changes to make things a little bit better.’ So you see growth and you see maturity. And it’s a little easier the second time around once you gained a little experience.
Cox said Schiano’s discipline and focus has clearly penetrated the Buccaneers. As examples, Cox cited getting the most out of Vincent Jackson and Gerald McCoy (interesting) to players putting in time with community service.
Joe considers Schiano’s development as a major yet unspoken X factor of 2013. Can he outcoach Mike Smith and Sean Peyton? Can he be a great game manager? Those are big questions.