The Other Secondary UpgradeJune 29th, 2013
For whatever reason, one bad fit for the New Schiano Order last season was defensive backs coach Ron Cooper, who was quick to leave after the season for the South Florida Bulls
Cooper was a newcomer to the pro ranks and, well, his secondary was dreadful. Greg Schiano even seemed obligated to step in and get hands on with the unit in a big way late in the season.
Joe can’t thoroughly hang Cooper, who was stuck with the fearsome foursome for part of the season, “E.J. Leonard, Danny and LeQuan.”
Hopefully, the Bucs updated their coaching ranks with the addition of Tony Oden, who has spent years with the Saints and Jaguars. Eric Wright typed up a blog posting recently that implied Oden’s experience already is making a positive impact.
One other change that was made to the secondary was the addition of a new defensive backs coach, Tony Oden. The organization and the coaches bringing in somebody like Tony with a lot of NFL experience is going to help us on the back end.
He’s somebody that I respect a lot. I’m like a sponge, trying to learn as much possible, and Tony’s a guy that I can learn a lot from. I’m looking forward to working with him this season, and continuing to try to perfect my craft. Tony has a lot of knowledge about the game and how to deal with NFL players. He asks a lot out of us, but I think the guys are responding well.
Position coaches matter. The Bucs have learned that lesson over the years in a big way.