Earnest Who?June 12th, 2012
Count Joe among those that assumed that an accomplished guy like Bucs running backs coach Earnest Byner would make it known to his crew of backs that he played 14 years in the NFL and left the game with two Pro Bowl visits, three 1,000-yard seasons and a Super Bowl ring.
But that’s not how it’s gone down at One Buc Palace.
It’s not that Joe thought Byner would bring his background up regularly, only that it would have at least been a big part of the meet-your-coaches festivities back in April.
JoeBucsFan.com: This is a very young group of running backs. Do you find that these guys know who you are and your background? And did you make any effort to introduce them to your story?
Earnest Byner: No. Not a whole lot. It comes up every now and again. But you know we all teach from our experiences. I’ve been blessed to have a lot of experience in the league and some not so fortunate. I don’t know whether they know me or not. (laughs) I don’t know if they know whether I played in the league or not. But they’re eager to grasp some of the concepts that we’ve been talking about. And some of the drills we’re doing out on the field, they’re using them. And I think they’re really excited about their overall opportunity.
Joe just found this all very interesting and surprising. And it’s no knock on Byner whatsoever. Surely Byner knows best when to play the I’ve-been-there card.
Joe hates to tease, but Joe asked the same question of former NFL great and Bucs new defensive front seven coach Bryan Cox, who delivered an extraordinary take on how current players view ex-players as coaches. Joe expects to type up his exclusive interview with Cox for Wednesday morning.