All Good With Najee GoodeAugust 17th, 2012
Having just finished his first NFL training camp, rookie linebacker Najee Goode has noticed how the Bucs came together under the brutal Florida sun and new coach Greg Schiano.
“It has been fun,” Goode said. “It was a learning experience. They say the first training camp used to be a lot tougher, but with Coach Schiano, we came together as a family. The heat made it hard but we are better for it.”
Goode explained how he had no shortage of help from other players into learning the New Schiano Order.
“I learned a lot from the veterans, guys at my position like Quincy [Black] and Adam [Hayward],” Goode said. “I even learned from guys not at my position like Ronde [Barber].”
Goode explained that whoever the Mike-linebacker is, calls the defensive plays, with a caveat.
“Coach Sheridan calls the plays, we just have to execute them,” Goode joked.
But it was second-year linebacker Mason Foster who Goode believes he may have learned the most from. Goode talked about how he roomed with Foster in Miami during last week’s first preseason game of the season and the two rarely left the hotel room, choosing instead to cram for the game like a final exam.
“It was really cool,” Goode said of Foster’s help. “We just going over plays and relaxing.”