Schiano Says Bowers Should Have 10 SacksMarch 20th, 2013
Sans the addition of Osi Umenyiora or John Abraham, the Bucs are counting heavily on DaQuan Bowers at left defensive end.
They’re banking on Bowers so much that the leader of the New Schiano Order, Greg Schiano, didn’t hesitate to set the bar high for Bowers when speaking to Tampa Tribune scribe eye-RAH! Kaufman this morning at the NFL owners meetings in Arizona.
One might say Bowers is on a Race to 10.
“He’s a tremendous athlete for a man his size,” Schiano said. “He’s explosive and he’s done it. It’s our job to make him do it consistently. When he hurt his Achilles, it changed his body. Rather than being negative, he got in with our strength staff and changed his body. I think he’s prepared to take the next step.”
Does that include becoming a double-digit sacker in 2013?
“He needs to be,” Schiano said. “He should be. That’s why we drafted him.”
The “drafted him” line intrigues Joe. The reality is rockstar general manager Mark Dominik snagged Bowers and Adrian Clayborn in the 2011 draft so they would be Bucs bookend beasts for years. In the world of NFL team politics, it was almost inevitable that Bowers would get his shot
Joe still would have liked to see Michael Bennett and Bowers compete with each other. Schiano always talks about the importance of competition. So Joe’s wondering from where that will come.