Ryan Nece Demands AnswersOctober 23rd, 2011
Now Joe knows the guys working the Bucs radio network are paid by the Bucs and have to remain tempered in their critiques. Joe totally gets that.
So that’s why it raised an eyebrow with Joe when this afternoon after the Bucs ugly loss to the Bears in London, former Bucs linebacker Ryan Nece, who co-hosts the Bucs postgame show on WDAE-AM 620 with Joe’s good friend Justin Pawlowski, was frustrated and his frustration nearly got the best of him.
Nece is irritated that the Bucs don’t seem to wake up until the clock is ticking in the second half. Nece was quite disturbed over the personal foul cornerback Aqib Talib received that cost the Bucs crucial time and may have been the difference in the game.
“Questions need to be asked,” Nece said. “Why is this team second in the league in penalties? Why are they making stupid penalties that hurt their team? Why does this team always have slow starts? The coaches need to be asked these questions.”
Joe’s been asking for weeks, specifically about the slow starts. Joe believes it’s fantastic that Bucs coach Raheem Morris can always rally his team in the second half and that he is able to adjust on the fly. But what exactly is going on during the week leading up to the game? Why are rarely the Bucs ahead of their opponent in terms of preparation, rather than having to almost always play catch-up?
Joe doesn’t think it’s outrageous to suggest the Bucs bring in a consultant — say, Brian Billick just to throw a name out — to be with the Bucs coaching staff all week and to monitor practices and film sessions and get a fresh opinion and offer tweaks that could end these sluggish starts.
Companies — including NFL teams — hire consultants all the time.