Talib Type Won’t Fly With Bucs’ New CB CoachJanuary 31st, 2014
What a treat to meet new Buccaneers cornerbacks coach Gill Byrd this week. The 52-year-old former Pro Bowl cornerback for the Chargers is a fun, intense, cerebral and somewhat candid cat.
Joe talked to Byrd a lot about his coaching philosophy and what makes a great player.
Character is everything to Byrd and he’s not afraid to dive deep into the subject. He even went so far to say a player’s off-field behavior matters on the field.
“I want to get to know the player and I want to develop a relationship with the player. Because I think once you do that and you develop the man, the player will come,” Byrd said. “Because if as a man you’re responsible, you’re disciplined, you have accountability, then as a player you will be responsible, be disciplined and have accountability.
“I don’t care how many times I [tell a player how to carry behave,] If a guy is not like that in his life, then he won’t be like that on the field. You can’t tell a guy who comes in here every day – ‘Be disciplined. Play hard. Be held accountable.’ – if he’s doing that in his own life. I just don’t believe you can have that separate; one goes hand and hand with the other.”
Well, it’s safe to say Byrd won’t want the Bucs to pursue one of the free agent Adderall Twins (Aqib Talib and Eric Wright) in free agency next month. And (gasp!) Byrd may be down on Johnny Football, too, though Byrd is eager to mold and counsel young players.
Byrd also shared how he strives to be the kind of position coach he responded to — one who always answers “the why,” takes time to get to know him, and is a great teacher.
Just a hunch, but Joe gets the feeling Byrd has a got shot pushing Darrelle Revis to a new level of elite.