Why Was The Film Ignored?July 8th, 2014
It’s the time of year when Joe has time to drink beer and listen to lengthy interviews of backup quarterbacks on teams based outside Tampa Bay.
Yes, Joe cracked a cold one and listened to former Bucs QB Dan Orlovsky talk to Ross Tucker about a variety of NFL topics recently.
Sadly, Orlovsky didn’t share juicy nuggets about his last two seasons in Tampa Bay, but one comment he made shed light on the terrible gameday coaching of Greg Schiano and Bill Sheridan.
Orlovsky, a 10-year veteran known for his film study who often has been talked about as a future NFL coach, shared how brilliant a receiver he believes Saints WR Marques Colston is.
Bucs fans will remember Colston caught the key ball in the Bucs’ Week 2 loss to the Saints last season. Inexplicably, Leonard Johnson was covering Colston with the game on the line in the closing seconds, while Darrelle Revis was on rookie Kenny Stills.
Sheridan regretted his decision. And Orlovsky made it sound worse this week talking to Tucker.
“You just watch the film, and if you took the top-10 quarterbacks in the NFL and had them play receiver, I feel like that’s how he plays wide receiver,” said of Colston’s route running and feel.
“He just sees everything at a super intelligent level. He’s always running the right route, but in the right space the right way. How he turns his body. He’ll settle into windows that maybe on paper he’s not supposed to settle in. But he does because he sees that the window or the spot is there, rather than where it — quote unquote — ‘should have been.’ He’s just really intelligent. and you seem him getting open and making catches that the play’s not designed to do.”
And the New Schiano Order assigned Johnson to this perennial superstar with the game on the line and a $1-million-per-game cornerback on the field. Surely, Bucs coaches saw the same elite play Orlovsky saw from Colston.
It’s still a head-shaker, on par with Adrian Clayborn covering Darren Sproles out of the backfield.