“The Most Out Of Guys Who Were Stifled”July 5th, 2014
One common reason noted experts give for a potential radical Bucs turnaround this season is the change from Greg Schiano to Lovie Smith.
Simply stated, many believe the Bucs moved from total loser to proven winner. That’s gotta help, right?
Last week, credible FOX Sports insider Jay Glazer talked about how Lovie will “get the most out of guys who were stifled” by Greg Schiano. This was noteworthy given that Glazer sits next to Ronde Barber regularly on the FOX Sports 1 set. Did Barber tell him about the stifling New Schiano Order?
Speaking on SiriusXM NFL Radio last weekend, Bucs beat writer Rick Stroud dropped a hammer on Schiano, saying Schiano led a “toxic situation” and “he was unprepared to be an NFL head coach.”
Joe gets that Schiano was a bad gameday coach and had questionable people skills, at best.
However, Joe thinks it’s getting overblown just how much Lovie Smith could squeeze out of returning Bucs veterans. First off, there aren’t many of those vets left on offense. Vincent Jackson, Doug Martin? How much more will Lovie get out of them, if anything?
On the defensive front, Schiano, a former linebacker himself, definitely developed a strong unit there, even getting decent play out of Quincy Black in 2012.
Joe’s sure Lovie will get a lot more out of his defense, but not necessarily the returning Buccaneers. An exception would be Gerald McCoy, who should benefit greatly from a better scheme and being sandwiched by two excellent talents in Michael Johnson and Clinton McDonald. As for generating turnovers, the Bucs don’t have a lot of room to improve. They were excellent last year.
Again, Schiano was not a good head coach. But Joe thinks that goes more to the overall picture than to what he got out of players individually. Joe hopes to be wrong on this. If Joe is wrong, then that really could lead to a dramatic Bucs turnaround this year, a division-title kind of flip.