Who Are The Leaders?July 22nd, 2013
It’s hard for anyone to discuss the Bucs in 2013 without somehow invoking the name of Bucs enigmatic quarterback Josh Freeman. Will he (finally) join the quarterback elites of the NFL this season, leading the Bucs to the playoffs? Will he revert to 2011, when he played some putrid football? Or will he be what he was last year: lots of stats but not so many wins?
So much of the team’s success (or failure) this season is predicated on Freeman. But former Bucs defensive tackle Booger McFarland thinks there is another question out there to be answered, as he wrote for his station’s website, WHFS-FM 98.7.
Who will lead the Bucs?
All last year we heard about details, details, details. We heard about toes on the line. I’ll even take it a step further. I heard he told guys what to eat, when to eat and what temperature to sleep at in their room. Now by all accounts he has softened up. He has given guys more freedom. He has cut back on the controlling iron fist which he ruled with last year, but will that get the team to better than 7-9?
See I’m all for being a players coach with a team that can handle it. I’m not saying Schiano has turned into a players coach however he is considerably softer than last year. Can this team handle it, a team without Ronde Barber? Who is the leader of this team? Last year I would’ve said that the leader of the team was Greg Schiano, this year I’m not sure, and as a matter of fact, neither are the Buccaneers.
So as we get ready to embark on a new season of promise with 5, 10 or however many questions you have unanswered, let’s remember the question no one is talking about: With a softer Schiano, who is going to take the leadership role? It needs to be a player and not a coach. To me that is the biggest question that no one is asking.
On defense, Joe has seen with his own eyes who the leaders are just this spring. Joe would suggest three men are leaders: Dashon Goldson, Darrelle Revis and Gerald McCoy. Those guys were always working with young players trying to help them learn their craft –almost like an extension of the coaching staff.
On offense, as usual, it always goes to the quarterback, the most pressure-cooker position on a team. Yes, as always, this goes back once again to Freeman.