Enhancing Vincent Jackson’s LeadershipFebruary 13th, 2014
So how can star receiver Vincent Jackson improve?
For Joe, that’s an easy answer, Jackson could work with a training guru this offseason to enhance his speed. Get faster. Jackson’s been caught from behind too many times the past couple of seasons.
While it’s not performance-related, Jackson also could be a more vocal leader to the media. His Bucs teammates voted him captain last year, and when the team was imploding and getting media heat from all angles — all over the nation — Jackson didn’t step up to keep a lot of that pressure from his teammate. Jackson simply doesn’t like to talk.
New Bucs wide receivers coach Andrew Hayes-Stoker says he’ll be focusing on leadership with Jackson, trying help him be a greater leader of men, a skill that will help the Bucs and help Jackson’s life after football. You can hear Hayes-Stoker’s full take here on Buccaneers.com.
Joe hopes Hayes-Stoker is a guy who can motivate Jackson. He’s a young coach, in his thirties like V-Jax. Hayes-Stoker was an assistant wide receivers coach under Lovie Smith with the Bears from 2010 to 2012. Last year he coached running backs for Florida International University. Those aren’t impressive credentials.
It was a hire that intrigued Joe. Is this the best guy Lovie could find on the market? Did Jeff Tedford get to pick his receivers coach?
A seasoned veteran with a strong work ethic, Jackson has shown he’ll respond to coaching. Jackson never played better while being motivated by intense receivers coach P.J. Fleck during Year 1 of the New Schiano Order. Last season, with Fleck gone, Jackson appeared to lose focus, with plenty of early-season drops and showing frustration on the field.
Joe will raise a cold one this morning in hopes of Jackson turning in his finest season in 2014. At 31 years old, he’s in the back end of his prime.