“I Do Think His Time’s Coming”November 27th, 2012
M.I.A. running back/returner Michael Smith is a “Buccaneer Man,” Greg Schiano said a month ago.
And Schiano heaped even more love on the captain of the inactive list last night, during The Greg Schiano Show via the Buccaneers Radio Network. A fan called in to ask the leader of the New Schiano Order “what happened” to the speedy rookie, who hasn’t been seen since opening day.
“I was very impressed and am still very impressed,” Schiano said of Smith. “You should see the way he practices and the way that he works at it. He’s a great guy to have on this football team. And I do think his time’s coming. I do think that Mike’s a guy that’s going to help us down the road, and is helping us now in practice, but is going to help us down the road in games. So just hang on. I think we’re going to get to see him one of these days.”
Schiano stopped well short of calling Smith “the driving force of our football team,” but it’s clear Schiano likes and respects the kid.
As little as D.J. Ware and LeGarrette Blount were used Sunday (no carries combined), maybe it is time to give Smith a shot to return kicks and play third-string running back for a game.
Lord knows there will be plenty of kicks to return in Denver, and Smith (out of Utah State) is no stranger to cold weather.