Bryant Perplexed By Play CallingNovember 29th, 2009
If it works, stick it in the playbook vault and never do it again.
It seems Antonio Bryant believes this is the Greg Olson school of play calling.
Bryant, who made two great catches on Josh Freeman bombs in the first half against Atlanta, told Stephen Holder, of the St. Pete Times, that he doesn’t understand why the Bucs didn’t look for him again deep in the second half.
“Last year, I came out here (in Atlanta) and had 100 yards in the first half,” Bryant said. “This year, two catches, 80 yards in the first half. In the second half, it’s like, ‘Come on!’
“Look, man, when you get the ball, those are the results you get. Look, Roddy White dropped balls, (Michael Jenkins) dropped balls. I got four attempts and still came up big. I have to make everything count because obviously, something ain’t right.”
Bryant suggested in no uncertain terms that offensive coordinator Greg Olson should trust QB Josh Freeman to make more downfield plays in a game like today’s, when the lead was never more than seven points.
“We have to go and trust our guy a little more,” Bryant said. “He has the talent. On a 1-10 team, you’ve got to go. . . You’ve sat here and seen this man make every throw an NFL quarterback could possibly make the first time he got in against Green Bay.
“When you have guys there, you have to put your foot on their neck and just stomp.”
Bryant makes a lot of sense.
And that’s twice in two weeks he’s come after Olson in the media. Either nobody told him to clam up at One Buc Place, or Bryant cares so deeply he can’t control himself.