The creator, curator and overall guru of ProFootballTalk.com, the great Mike Florio, discusses the state of the Bucs in this NBCSports.com video. Florio offers a theory that the Bucs’ “chickens have come home to roost.”
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…I just heard that the Bucs are talking to Brian Billick to offer him a Coordinator position? I heard it from a neighbor who claims to have heard it from someone he knows. I would normally take this with a grain of salt…but my neighbor is a former Titans player…so he WOULD have connections.
I thought this was a very good video because Florio clearly addressed every issue concisely and non-objectionably. First, the mere fact that Schiano did not have tremendous success against lesser teams and never reached a bowl game is something to watch. Also the blocking is normal but the Bucs should not have put themselves in this position when other coaches were out there. Meaning, their decision to hire a HC last and now fill their staff last is a microcosm of the bigger issue, PERECEPTION. You have to stop being last to do everything, get back in the race, and compete for everything as an organization.
I wish the Schiano family and coaching family the best success but they are at a severe disadvantage this season out the gates. The combine is soon, free agency, and installing a new system requires all of the coaches to be on the same page. That takes time and the Bucs are behind already. Florio pointed out something. The OC position is very intriguing because you need a guy that can come in and take some time to understand the personnel before the season. Let’s face the facts; the Bucs are already limited in explosive playmakers so they need someone that can configure an offense around whatever strengths they do possess. The clock is ticking and if the staff is not complete next week the Bucs may be looking at the #1 pick next year if I were a betting man, strictly on lack of preparation and talent.
If it is Billick, I would be great with that. The guy was always considered a great offensive guy. He was the TE coach and then OC with the Vikings most the 1990s when they were setting NFL scoring records.
Never fully got it going in Baltimore on offense, but they had the money tied up in defense and never had the QB.
He would have a QB here…. and money to spend (allegedly)
Why do the Glazers and Dom have to take this f**king long to hire a coach? You don’t have to interview so many damn candidates….interview the ones that are actually GOOD candidates! Time is actually an issue here Dumbinik……why does every other team have their coaches in place and ready to go for the offseason…..but we’re still dragging ass?
And just like they did with Raheem, they’re setting Schiano up for failure too. Our division rivals got better (like always) by hiring Spags and Nolan. Doesnt seem like we’re going to end up with a decent staff from the way it’s looking. Another thing Schiano will have to worry about……bad enough he has little NFL experience as it is.
I think Florio misses a greater point though. The Bucs job is just not very appealing to a college coach who is in a comfortable place making decent money. For the past few years the Glazers have shown that they are not interested in spending the money it takes to win – whether it be on a coaching staff or players. Now, whether that’s technically true or not doesn’t matter. It’s the perception that this is a “cheap” franchise. College head coaches make VERY good money, and have pretty good job security. I think that among coaches, Mark Dominik has a terrible reputation. People who know football know that Dominik should have been fired as well, and at best he won’t be around much longer. It’s not a pretty situation.