Hope Ron Cooper Has His Resume UpdatedDecember 27th, 2012
Imagine at your job, a co-worker had performed the past year worse than any employee in the history of your company’s existence?
Imagine a company salesman who made zero sales for the calendar year… none!
How long would these guys be employed? More to the point, how quickly would these non-performing workers be unemployed?
This is the crossroads that Bucs defensive backs coach Ron Cooper faces. His unit, the Bucs secondary, is on the cusp of a horrendous milestone that any self-respecting human being would be so ashamed of, he wouldn’t let his supervisor make the call to make changes.
Joe will let the typed words of eye-RAH! Kaufman set the stage.
@IKaufmanTBO: If the Falcons throw for 252 yards or more Sunday, the 2012 Bucs will have surrendered the most passing yards in the NFL’s 93-year history
Joe is already catching flack on Twitter from myopic Bucs fans claiming Cooper didn’t have anything to work with, which at best is a smokescreen excuse. Cooper’s unit is on the verge of setting a 93-year record for futility. NINTY-THREE YEARS!!!
Aside from that, how was Cooper’s unit doing when he had the Adderall Twins, Aqib Talib (who, still, too many Bucs fans in some mind-numbing, twisted sense of surrealism, think is the second coming of Lester Hayes) and Eric Wright? How does 510 yards grab you, which is what Eli Manning blowtorched Cooper’s secondary for, in a franchise record-setting day for the Big Blue quarterback.
Joe also heard Cooper was a solid secondary coach at LSU. He sure was. Hell, Rachel Watson would be one of the best secondary coaches in college if she could recruit the likes of Patrick Peterson, Tyrann D. Mathieu and Morris Claiborne.
Joe and Shaun King, one of only three quarterbacks in Tampa Bay history to lead the franchise to an NFC title game, got into a back-and-forth about Cooper a few days ago and King tried to use the kneejerk excuse that Cooper didn’t have anything to work with once the Adderall Twins were gone.
Joe’s comeback to King was, “what was Bob Bostad’s excuse then?” The Bucs’ offensive line coach lost far, far more than Cooper, three starters down including two Pro Bowl players, and a fourth starter moved to another position, yet Bostad made chicken salad out of chicken s(p)it, a truly remarkable job and the mark of a guy who can coach up players.
Can anyone — anyone! — cite a player under the guidance of Cooper who actually improved as the season went on, anyone? Aside from maybe Leonard Johnson, Joe can’t name any corner who improved. That right there is a coaching fail because a decent coach can at least get a couple of players to marginally elevate their game. That’s what competent coaches do. You know, actually coach?
Now Joe has had some readers Twitter him suggesting Bucs defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan is culpable as well for this true sieve of a secondary. That’s a fair point, but Joe’ points a finger at the guy personally, directly responsible for perhaps an NFL historic worst unit.
Joe’s not a “fire him” kinda guy. Ninety-five times out of 100 that is a kneejerk reaction. But when a coach’s unit is responsible for setting a 93-year worst record — repeat that a few times, 93-year worst! — how in the world can he be brought back with any degree of credibility from Bucs head coach Greg Schiano?
At least Raheem Morris had the sack to sack former defensive coordinator Jim Bates after the heinous Jim Bates Experience was circling the drain only halfway through one season.
Setting a 93-year record for worst pass defense, or even coming close to it, is simply unacceptable under any circumstance, nor should it be tolerated.