No More “CFL B” In TampaJanuary 2nd, 2014
What impact will the Lovie Smith regime have on the young defensive talents on the Buccaneers?
That’s unknown. But former Bucs quarterback Shaun King believes it will be remarkable because Raheem Morris and Greg Schiano were not ready for their head coaching jobs. Lovie will deliver a stunning change, King says.
King explained while speaking today on WDAE-AM 620.
“I mean, Gerald McCoy, Adrian Clayborn, Da’Quan Bowers, Mark Barron, these guys are finally going to get in the National Football League. Because they’ve been like CFL B as long as they’ve been here. You know they had Raheem who wasn’t ready to be a coach at the NFL level. They had Schiano who never should have been a coach at the NFL level. And now they get a guy who’s been to the Super Bowl, a guy whose resume says he’s very capable of achieving at a high level on a consistent basis. So this is going to be amazing for them, how things are actually run on a real NFL team.”
One of three quarterbacks to lead the Bucs to the NFC title game, King went on to say he believes Smith and rumored offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford, the college quarterbacks guru, are fantastic teachers and will return the Bucs to the days of intense teaching of the game under Father Dungy. King said he’s especially impressed by Tedford’s work at the University of California and the University of Oregon.
“He’ll get the best out of whoever [the Bucs] have at quarterback,” said King, who now believes the Bucs will not draft a QB in the first round of 2014.
Now Joe doesn’t think teaching was the downfall of the New Schiano Order at all. So Joe has to disagree with King there.
Sure, the teaching may be better under Lovie, but that wasn’t the problem under Schiano. Somebody raised the games of Lavonte David and Mason Foster, and helped McCoy transform. Heck, McCoy even said Schiano taught him how to tackle, and Darrelle Revis said last week that what he admired most about Schiano was that he was always passing on fresh knowledge.
Joe’s confident the Bucs’ biggest improvement will be about good old fashioned game-day coaching and motivation.
Listen to King’s full interview below. Enjoy.