Was Greg Schiano “Bored?”February 27th, 2014
My, my, my, how interesting it was yesterday to hear one of Greg Schiano’s mentors, Dave Wannstedt, express how much he doesn’t like it when 4-3 defenses get cute and blitz-happy, rushing the passer with stunts and “tricking” and not letting their pass rushers attack the quarterback and make plays.
Last season’s Bucs special teams coach took to the SiriusXM NFL Radio airwaves yesterday to share his philosophy.Wannstedt praised Super Bowl–winning head coach Pete Carroll for letting his Seattle defensive line get after at — nearly the opposite of Schiano’s approach with former Bucs defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan.
“The thing that excited me most is I’m a 4-3 guy, seeing those four down guys being able to pressure. [Seattle] is not a zero-blitz team. And they don’t, I hate to say this, you know they outexecute you and Pete does a great job of letting talent, letting the players make plays. And that’s smart coaching. That was what was so exciting to me, is it wasn’t necessarily a bunch of tricking back and forth [on the defensive line],” Wannstedt said.
“It was old fashioned football. It was covering and blocking and rushing the passer and protecting the passer. … You know, coaches get bored. I used to tell my assistant coaches, ‘Don’t get bored. Go ahead. Don’t be afraid to rush four and play coverage. You know you don’t have to blitz every other time. Just do it.'”
Wannstedt went on, but you get the idea. Clearly, the Bucs’ pass rush approach of incessant line stunts was abhorrent to the former Bears and Dolphins head coach and defensive coordinator in Buffalo and Dallas.
Joe’s confident Schiano didn’t like all those stunts, either. He stated that publicly. But he still used them incessantly. Perhaps he was “bored” as Wannstedt remarked? Or maybe just too caught up in being a guru?
Right or wrong, ultimately the reason the Bucs ran so many kooky pass rush games is because they had no confidence in any of their edge rushers. Joe’s sure Lovie Smith also won’t put his hopes on the backs of Da’Quan Bowers, “Te-O” and Adrian Clayborn.
If Gerald McCoy is the All-World, every-down defensive tackle Warren Sapp, Dave Wannstedt and many others publicly say he is, then the Bucs should have little problem generating a productive edge rush under Lovie — assuming they can add quality talent at the position.