Greg Schiano Agrees With Ian BecklesNovember 19th, 2012
Vocal Bucs critic Ian Beckles, who manned the guard position for Tampa Bay from 1990 to 1996, was a little unhappy this morning on the WDAE-AM 620 airwaves because he felt the Bucs didn’t stick with the running game enough when it was clearly working in the first half and Carolina was on the ropes.
The funny thing is Greg Schiano agreed with Beckles. Speaking before media this afternoon, the leader of the New Schiano Order was asked to identify what ailed his offense much of the day.
“We probably could have ran the ball better in the first half, or just more, you know, more opportunities,” Schiano said.
That was an interesting public critique of Mike Sullivan. But Joe can only speculate as to what/when Schiano was referring.
Perhaps Schiano would have preferred a run on 2-and-8 from the Carolina 30 yard line with the Bucs leading 10-0 with 58 seconds left in the first quarter? A positive run there puts the Bucs in better field-goal range and gives Josh Freeman a more manageable third down. Freeman threw his ugly pick-6 on the next play.
Or perhaps Schiano, after Doug Martin popped a 20-yard scamper to close the first quarter, would have preferred not to see three straight incompletions to open the Bucs’ next series?
Regardless of the specifics, it’s interesting to see the head coach and Beckles unknowingly bonding.