Bucs’ Most Important AssistantJuly 15th, 2013
One could argue a team is only as strong as its assistant coaches. Joe is a coaches kind of guy; always has been. Good coaches can virtually squeeze blood out of a rock. Bad coaches, well, they can implode a team.
In Joe’s eyes, Bob Bostad, the Bucs’ offensive line coach, is one of those guys who can make a rock bleed. Just look what he did last year when his offensive line was in disarray with injuries and guys getting benched? Most offensive lines with that kind of a chaos would turn into turnstiles. Instead, Bostad had one of the better offensive lines.
Joe also is a Bryan Cox fan. As the Bucs’ front seven coach last year, he took a team that was the worst in the NFL in rush defense, and with only adding one player, Lavonte David, he turned the Bucs into the best rush defense. That’s damned solid work.
ESPN South blogger Pat Yasinskas believes there is an important assistant that will be more critical to the success of the Bucs this season, and that is quarterbacks coach John McNulty.
This one is easy because everything in Tampa Bay this season is about quarterback Josh Freeman. He’s headed into the final year of his contract and this season will determine if he has a long-term future with the Bucs.
That’s why I’m going with quarterbacks coach John McNulty. He’s new to the Bucs, but has history with coach Greg Schiano. McNulty worked for Schiano at Rutgers. Schiano tried to hire McNulty to his staff last year, but was refused permission by Arizona, where McNulty was coaching the wide receivers.
McNulty has a reputation for having a bright offensive mind and it will be up to him and offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan to help Freeman become more consistent.
Not a bad choice, but Joe believes Josh Freeman does his most important work with Mike Sullivan versus the quarterbacks coach. Joe was not fond at all of former Bucs quarterback coach Ron Turner. He was an abject failure in developing quarterbacks unless, of course, you count the immortal Kurt Kittner as a success.
Aside from his stint as a quarterbacks coach with Greg Schiano at Rutgers, McNulty has been a lifelong receivers coach. Granted, Joe didn’t follow the [nee] Big East closely, but Joe cannot remember a decent pro quarterback coming out of Rutgers.