Schiano: Defense Is “A Couple Of Pieces Away”December 19th, 2013
“We have good players, proven methods, good schemes, good coaches. So when you have all those good components and you’re doing things the right way, it’ll turn. You know everybody who’s been in competitive athletics goes through some stretches where, you know, they wish it were better. But if you have the components, now you’re kidding yourself if you don’t have the components, then you’re just wishing, but I know we have the components. So you just gotta stick to our guns and it’ll turn.” — Greg Schiano, Sept. 20, 2013.
Wait a minute, Greg Schiano said three months ago that all the components were in place for the Bucs to win. Perhaps that was accurate, given that the Bucs have won four of six games.
But Schiano had a somewhat different assessment today, when talking about building a championship defense at One Buc Palace.
“We’re a couple of pieces away I think from being a dominant defense,” Schiano said. “We have some good players, some really good players. So we’ll just keep working at it. And I think some of those pieces are going to develop into being dominant players. You know we have some young kids here that I think have the upside to be special. Our whole philosophy is draft and develop anyway, and that’s really what we got to do. We gotta continue to do that.”
So what pieces do you need, Coach? Well, Schiano wouldn’t go there when asked the follow-up question.
“I think you’re pretty much in tuned to what it is,” Schiano said after explaining why he didn’t want to reveal his thinking.
Schiano went on to say Will Gholston is a prime example of a special talent on the rise. (Dare Joe say a double-digit sack guy?)
Yes, it’s clear the Bucs need pass rushers, two would be nice, but one good one would be spectacular. A stout, starting-caliber cornerback to compete with Johnthan Banks would be darn sweet, too.