The “Sack-Fumble” DetailNovember 27th, 2012
The leader of the New Schiano Order seemingly leaves no stone unturned in his preparation for victory.
The more Joe talks to players, and listens to coaches and players, the more Joe learns about how Greg Schiano has nearly every potential detail covered, if not all of them.
On Schiano’s radio show last night, the head coach talked about E.J. Biggers’ sack and forced fumble Sunday and explained that there’s no such thing as a “sack” under the New Schiano Order. It’s known as a “sack-fumble.” The concept is that if you’re going to sack the quarterback, your goal is to strip a likely vulnerable football.
The replay (and photo here) of Biggers’ sack shows he went into Matt Ryan rather high but right at the football, likely the result of his coaching.
Joe likes the concept. If the sack focus is on the strip as much as the tackle, that could cost the Bucs a sack or two over the course of a season, but it’s also likely going to generate an extra turnover or two. And Joe suspects any coach would take the trade-off.
Also on the detail front, last night on the Buccaneers Radio Network, Williams explained how intricately the team plans for the Hail Mary pass and how much practice went into the pass to Dallas Clark with eight seconds left Sunday to set up the Hail Mary try to end the game. Williams said the team specifically practices the scenario “eight seconds left” with no timeouts from their own territory and it popped up Sunday.
Yeah, Joe knows the Bucs are 6-5 and don’t execute flawlessly. But Joe has no doubt the team is well coached and derives confidence from its preparation. Those are great things moving forward.