Super Scout Butch DavisOctober 23rd, 2012
On a tight, shortened preparation schedule this week with a Thursday night game, it seems the Bucs defense will rely more than ever before on the watchful eyes of Butch Davis.
The former Cowboys defensive line coach, and former Cleveland Browns, Miami Hurricanes and University of North Carolina head coach, is a major force in the defensive planning each week and surely came to the table with all the ins and outs on how to stop the Vikings’ Christian Ponder.
Defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan explained today at One Buc Palace.
“He’s around all the time,” Sheridan said of Davis. “He watches a ton of film of our upcoming opponent. He’s almost from a film study standpoint, he’s almost like an advance scout. Even before we’re ready to move on to the next game, he’s already looked at three or four games of the upcoming opponent. He does a great job of really analyzing the upcoming quarterbacks we’re playing, and how they move in the pocket, how they scramble, where they like to throw the ball to, what kind of playactions. He does a great job of that. And these are all things he’s done in the past at other places and he shares them with us.
“He’s in a majority of our defensive meetings in the early part of the week when we’re digesting the film and putting together the plan. Yes, so he’s a tremendous resource and has been very helpful.”
Joe’s not sure what this all means, especially considering the Bucs have been poor against the pass and have struggled to get to and stop quarterbacks. Davis. of course, might be doing a lot more than just what Sheridan identified and Davis doesn’t have a final say.
Regardless, Joe found it interesting to hear some details shed on Davis’ role.