“I’ve Been Learning A Lot Of Football”May 22nd, 2014
Having Alterraun Verner play like Alterraun Verner the Pro Bowler of the Titans is not enough for Lovie Smith.
No way. Verner himself said today that just won’t be satisfactory.
The eloquent Bucs’ stud corner, the Darrelle Revis replacement, is very impressed by his coaching and handling.
“I’ve been loving it here, just the intensity we have in practice, the attention to detail that everybody has. Even Lovie. Lovie is very involved with everything. And he’s not just settled with good performances,” Verner said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “He wants us to be great. He wants us to be doing everything the best we can [within] the rules of OTAs.
“I really feel like they care about me being a great player. They just don’t want me to be OK or just not get better from what I’ve done, you know, in the past. So I’ve been loving it. I’ve been learning a lot of football.”
During the Bucs’ first practice under Lovie Smith, Joe noted how hard coaches were working Verner, really drilling him with details and coaching him like he had no Pro Bowl under his belt. Joe was glad to hear Verner took all that in with the right attitude. Joe’s hardly surprised. This is a real class young man.
Verner also said today what’s surprised him about his new team is how humble, hungry and intense it is, determined to do a complete turnaround from the 4-12 stain of last season.
Joe’s getting excited. It would be such a joy to see a top-10 defense return.