“Little League Coaching” TacticsAugust 15th, 2013
There’s a blow torch under the buttocks of defensive end Da’Quan Bowers. That’s not up for debate.
But is it a good tactic? Former Bucs QB Shaun King is not waiting for the end result to cast judgment. One of three QBs to lead the Bucs to the NFC Championship game, King says Greg Schiano’s tactics are beneath his office.
”That’s Little League coaching. I mean that’s what college coaches that don’t have a lot of experience in the National Football League do. You know, and it ultimately goes to what I’ve been saying, you know, the entire last couple of years. That’s what happens when you depend on guys to do things that they’ve never done,” King said today on the Ron and Ian show on WDAE-AM 620. “And when you look at this Tampa Bay defense, they have, you know, four, five, six guys that they’re going to ask to do some things and produce at a level that they’ve never done before. You know some of those guys are going to underachieve. In a perfect scenario, you’re just hoping one of them pans out. But we’re dependent on probably on five, six guys to really step up. …
“I don’t know if that’s a way that they’re trying to motivate Da’Quan Bowers. I mean, I wouldn’t take that route because they have no other options. You know, if you get Bowers in a situation where he just mentally checks out, then what?”
Joe can’t judge the Bowers approach yet. Joe’s must see the final product. But King does have a point regarding the Bucs counting on at least four unproven defensive players to come through in big ways. Akeem Spence, Bowers, Dekoda Watson, Johnthan Banks, and whoever is the official/unofficial third cornerback.
You can catch King’s full interview below, and you can find King during football season as an NFL analyst on NBC Sports Network.