Boomer Esiason Talks To JoeFebruary 20th, 2013
Joe has so many interviews he conducted at Media Day of Super Bowl week, he still has plenty in the can to last another couple of weeks.
Today, Joe brings you the words from former Super Bowl quarterback and current CBS NFL analyst Boomer Esiason. The golden southpaw, a noted Josh Freeman critic, talked to Joe about how he feels the Bucs are on the verge of being an NFL powerhouse thanks to the decisions of Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik.
JoeBucsFan: Your impressions of Greg Schiano’s first year guiding the Bucs?
Boomer Esiason: I thought it was good. I thought it was great. Now they just have to figure out their quarterback situation. They have to get more out of Josh. I know he is putting pressure on him; there is nothing wrong with that. It is all good. All of these young quarterbacks have to learn to grow into the next Tom Brady, Peyton Manning or Drew Brees. It takes lot of hard work and dedication and I am sure that is exactly what Greg was pointing to.
Joe: Was Mark Dominik, in a sense, a trendsetter because he was the first [NFL general manager] to look at Chip Kelly and all of a sudden everybody wanted to hire Kelly.?He did hire Schiano, mostly a college a guy. Now interviewing and hiring college guys seems to be a fad.
Esiason: Well, it’s not an overall fad. I do know Andy Reid was hired and a lot of [NFL] coordinators were hired. The pro game is different than the college game; I don’t care what anybody says. But, coaching, dedication, commitment, putting the time and effort in, that never changes. I don’t care what level you are at and Schiano has that in spades. He will put the time in. He knows the game and he certainly has a track record to fall back on. We will see if Chip Kelly has that. I’m not ready to brand him like that yet.
Joe: Lavonte David, I thought he was one of the most underrated rookies.
Esiason: He was! Uh, huh, he was. Most of us that follow the game on a weekly basis think [the Bucs] had a terrific rookie class, by the way. That is an up and coming team, there is no question about that. With the addition of Vincent Jackson through free agency, a smart addition, then adding Carl Nicks, there are a number of things they did that are really good. As long as Josh continues to grow and doesn’t have any downturns like he did towards the end of the year, even though they are in a tough division, they will be a tough team to deal with.