Coach Of The WeekAugust 27th, 2012
Friday night, Joe walked away impressed with the new defense led by Bucs coach Greg Schiano. The Bucs defense seemed to rise from the dead and stonewalled one of the most potent offenses in the NFL.
It seems the Bucs defense caught the eye of scone-loathing, cricket-watching, Marriott-hopping Peter King of Sports Illustrated. In his must-read Monday Morning Quarterback column today, King lauds Schiano for his work transforming a horrid lot into what is starting to look like a formidable squad.
Coach of the Week
Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano. In the span of a month, without top pass rusher Da’Quan Bowers, Schiano and defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan have put a tough stamp on their defense. On Friday night, Tom Brady and one of the NFL’s three best offenses had the ball nine times. Five times Brady went three-and-out; once four-and-out. He had two long touchdown drives. By the time Ryan Mallett came in to replace Brady, the Bucs led 30-14.
Well, Joe thinks King left out some salient information that makes what the Bucs defense did Friday even more impressive.
The Bucs did not have the services of starting middle linebacker Mason Foster, who sat out the game with a tender hamstring. Then, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy went out early in the game on a borderline dirty hit. Then, defensive end Adrian Clayborn.
Three of the Bucs’ top defensive players in the front seven played sparingly, and they still put the hurt on Tom Brady and company.
Joe will have a story a bit later today with a little nugget on just how the Bucs defense has changed under the New Schiano Order.