It’s About TurnoversMarch 13th, 2014
No, former Bucs commander Greg Schiano was not always wrong. He used preached about creating turnovers. Schiano all but drooled about building a defense that forced turnovers, and he absolutely was right.
Turnovers often lead to wins. And yes, Schiano built a defense that created turnovers. The Bucs were fifth in the NFL in turnover margin. Yet inexplicably, the Bucs had a horrible record.
If you need evidence why Mike Glennon is now a backup, right there is one glaring reason. He couldn’t take advantage of all the Bucs turnovers and turn them into points.
People like to compare Bucs coach Lovie Smith to Father Dungy. Yes, he is a disciple but there is more to Lovie than just perceived nepotism. Lovie’s defenses in Chicago were legendary for forcing turnovers. Lovie won in Chicago. You can do the math.
And speaking at his introductory press conference yesterday before the Tampa Bay pen and mic club, new Bucs cornerback specifically said Lovie’s craving for turnovers is one reason he finds himself in the Tampa Bay area.
“I just got a great feeling about this place and now I’m just ready to go work and create all these turnovers that Coach Smith loves and just make a difference,” Verner said. “I feel like I can do that here and I feel like my teammates are expecting it from me and I expect it from myself.”
Just to give Bucs fans an idea about Verner, he had five picks last year, or roughly one every three games. The last time a Bucs corner had five interceptions? It seems like a lifetime ago, and that came in 2010 when the Bucs lost out in a playoff tiebreaker and a certain corner had six picks.
The name of the cornerback? None other than helmet-wielding, cabbie-slugging, Adderrall-popping, coach-cussing, referee-charging, pistol-friendly, granny-hassling Aqib Talib.