“Our Offense Is Neglected”December 23rd, 2013
Sometimes ornery yet always bubbly former Bucs guard Ian Beckles (1990-1996) was on fire this morning on WDAE-AM 620. Beckles had mixed reviews for the New Schiano Order and thinks the Bucs have become too much of a reflection of their head coach.
Beckles noted Greg Schiano’s defense looks promising and developing with emerging young talents, but the Bucs offense looks like it’s dying under a defensive-minded head coach.
“Our offense is neglected,” Beckles said.
Beckles pointed fingers at Schiano the talent evaluator, for his rolling with too many of the wrong wide receivers to start the season — and finish it. Tiquan Underwood and Chris Owusu aren’t NFL-caliber players, per Beckles, citing their invisibility against a poor Rams secondary.
But Beckles had the most damning takes for Mike Glennon, who he said was responsible for three of the seven sacks against him.
“When he reaches his potential he’s going to be a six [on a 1-to-10 scale],” Beckles said. “All polished up he’s a six. All dressed and pretty and dancing at the cotillion he’s a six.”
Beckles is in line with Bucs fans who say, “we need a quarterback that’s bringing something to the party.”
Stop celebrating a handful of good completions, Beckles said, “Tim Tebow threw some good passes, too.”
For Joe, the quarterback debate is the trickiest for the Bucs. Do you draft one in the first round? Do you bring in a radically different offensive coordinator? Do you keep Schiano, stick with Glennon, and hope for development after the team gets healthy, adds major pieces and further gels on defense? Do you pursue an established veteran quarterback and add another stout receiver that will, by default, help open up the running game?
Big decisions ahead for Team Glazer and the Bucs hierarchy.