Schiano: O-Line Woes Are DiverseDecember 23rd, 2013
Speaking today at One Buc Palace, Greg Schiano seemed to need to two hands to count everything troubling his highly-paid, veteran offensive line.
The unit is struggling mightily, and Schiano was asked why.
“Some of it is technique. Some of it is execution. Some of it is physical mismatch. Some of it is coaching; we’re not immune,” Schiano said. “Some of it is the threat or lack thereof of a passing game.”
This should make any Bucs fan queasy or running for spiked egg not.
The Bucs’ offensive line has loads of experience. Davin Joseph has been starting since 2006. Donald Penn hasn’t missed a game since 2007. Jeremy Zuttah was pressed into starting duty in 2008. Demar Dotson has been blossoming since 2009. Ted Larsen was a successful rookie starter blowing holes open for LeGarrette Blount in 2010.
How were these guys struggling yesterday with technique, execution and continuity? The same O-line coaching surely was good enough last season.
Regarding Schiano referencing an invisible passing threat, Joe can’t stomach that one, either.
Schiano and Mike Sullivan are experienced offensive coaches. Yes, Schiano has a heavy hand in his offenses. They’ve got to find a way to work with what they have to at least be competitive. Joe’s not talking miracle work here or shootout scores.
Joe doesn’t remember John Fox being stumped in Denver when he had to restructure his offense on the fly to accommodate Tim Tebow. Fox rode Tebow and that throwback, hybrid offense to the playoffs.
Fans can say the season finale in New Orleans is meaningless, but Joe’s not in that camp. Joe wants to see the New Schiano Order adjust, bounce back, rid themselves of, say, half the offensive demons that have Bucs fans hanging their heads when their team has the ball.