Mike Sullivan Promises To Bring PreparationFebruary 15th, 2012
One thing that drove Joe absolutely wild about the Bucs during the Raheem Morris era was the simple lack of preparation.
Whether it was either not preparing, or preparing a gameplan that was both ill conceived and/or ill-executed, it was often an embarrassment.
Season after season, game after game, it was as if the Bucs gave their opponents a touchdown lead (or worse) to start the game.
In 2010, the Bucs often righted the ship on defense, changing and adjusting as the game went on and then Josh Freeman would work his then-magic in rallying the team from behind.
While Joe gave props to Morris for adjusting on the fly, if he and his staff done a decent job in preparing in the week leading to the game, he and Freeman wouldn’t have had to pull Houdini acts all the time to rescue the team.
Noted local scribe eye-RAH! Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune often rails how Morris (and fired offensive coordinator Greg Olson) never scored touchdowns in the opening quarter.
So today when new Bucs offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan was introduced to the local pen and mic club, most of what he had to say was empty phrases and cliches, nothing at all specific. He admitted that was on purpose, but Joe finds the CIA classified information act is a bit weak in the middle of February.
But there was one thing Sullivan said that was of substance and struck Joe:
“We will not be out-prepared.”
Thank you! Now, granted, that’s an empty phrase at this time of the year as well. As baseball Hall of Famer Pepper Martin once said, “I have an old mule I can train each day every day for a year and he still won’t win a Kentucky Derby.” Fair point.
But Joe nearly applauded to no one in particular while hovering over his laptop watching Sullivan when he brought up the subject of preparation. The Bucs had little to none the past few seasons.
Preparation will be a welcome habit around these parts.