Hoping “College Mentality Doesn’t Bury” BucsAugust 5th, 2013
Former 10-year NFL fullback Heath Evans, now a talking head on NFL Network, dropped a bomb on Bucs fans during an NFC South preview tonight.
Evans said he loves Greg Schiano’s disciplined approach and says the Bucs can win the division if “the college mentality doesn’t bury this team.” Per Evans, players in the New Schiano Order spoke of a burned out Bucs roster in 2012.
“When you started talking to the older vets on this team last year, they were all complaining about one thing. It came about Week 10, ‘We’re tired. We’re exhausted. We’re beat down,'” Evans said. “And everyone blamed Josh Freeman. But all in all, the film told the story. This team was fatigued and beat-down tired.”
You can catch the full video breakdown here. Darren Sharper also is in the analyst mix, and he dropped a solid nickname on Josh Freeman, “Six Flags,” for his rollercoaster ways.
Now Joe can’t speak to Evans’ sources. He did win a ring with Carl Nicks in New Orleans. Joe’s merely speculating there.
Regardless, it’s a strong claim, and one that Joe has a hard time buying. Fatigue didn’t hurt the Bucs when they pasted the Falcons in the season finale, and surely fatigue didn’t make Danny Gorrer (who joined the Bucs midseason) drop a game-winning interception against the Eagles. Were the Bucs tired when the Rams came to Tampa and punched them in the mouth on Dec. 23?
If the Bucs were tired, well, Joe suspects that won’t be the case this season after players have adjusted to the demands of the regime. Joe was up close and personal with Donald Penn today. The guy almost looks slim. When it comes to conditioning, there’s been a real change of attitude and approach from this time last year.