How Good Is Tim Wright?December 16th, 2013
Fans by nature, yearn for the positive. It’s what feeds their hope. And sports are all about hope. It’s what makes August such an exciting time of year.
Joe actually even had a Bucs fan last week, a smart guy Joe knows for years, passionately explain to Joe why Greg Schiano is a “great” NFL coach. Not a good coach, not a promising a coach, a great coach.
“Yeah, but Schiano hasn’t had a winning season yet, unlike the other coaches in the NFC South. So how is he great already?” Joe replied.
The Schiano-loving fan then rolled into a long rant about how Schiano can identify players, develop them, and get their best out of them, and that is what will turn the Bucs into a dynasty once Schiano learns what works in the NFL, much like it took Bill Belicheat time.
Joe admired the fan’s spirit. And one can give a lot of merit to Schiano’s player-development strengths. It seems slightly limited to Buccaneers that entered the program under his watch, but heck, you could even make a case that he worked miracles with Josh Freeman leading the NFL’s ninth-ranked offense last year.
Bucs fans have watched rookie tight end Tim Wright go from a nobody to not only a good tight end, but among the better ones in the NFL. (Quick: name 10 tight ends performing better than Wright.) He’s got 45 catches after very limited snaps in September — in an offense that isn’t focused on the tight end week in and week out.
Wright catches a very high percentage of what’s thrown his way. And consider that his best games this season have been against winning teams, Arizona, Philly, Detroit, Carolina and San Francisco.
How good is Tim Wright? That question won’t be answered for another couple of years.
But at least it’s a question you can ask with a smile on your face and goodness in your heart. Just like you could ask the same thing about Johnthan Banks, Akeem Spence, Will Gholston, Bobby Rainey, Eric Page, Lavonte David, Doug Martin, Mike Glennon, Mike James, and other young Schiano men.