Sullivan Remembers “The Good Ol’ Days”October 30th, 2013
Now that Mike Williams is out for the season, life is about to get tougher for Bucs’ No. 1 wide receiver Vincent Jackson.
Joe asked 0ffensive coordinator Mike Sullivan today about how difficult he expects things to get for the Bucs’ offensive star. Sullivan said the challenge will be great and it includes a challenge for Sullivan to be as diverse and unpredictable as he can with Jackson.
It won’t be like the “good ol’ days,” Sullivan said, referring to the heyday of the Bucs’ ninth ranked offense last season.
“That’s a great question. Because often times, especially when Mike was healthy and some of the things that were particularly taking place last year, where that was a nice luxury. Because if teams wanted to, you know, go ahead and roll coverage to Vincent, then they had 1-on-1 coverage with Mike and that opened him up. And then all of a sudden you got the run game working so now they wanted to bring down an extra defender and now we got single coverage, you know, the good ol’ days.
“But the bottom line is that we will need to do things with him. Fortunately, Vincent is very, very smart. He”s an extremely hard worker, has the versatility to be able to move around into some different spots. And that’s the challenge; we got to make sure we’re moving him around, so we can give him the best opportunities to get some of the 1-on-1′s.”
This will be something watch on Sunday. It’s a great chess game for Sullivan to find ways to outscheme the Seahawks and set up Jackson for success. There’s no question Jackson will get all kinds of attention. Even if Jackson has a big day, there’s little doubt the Bucs will need someone else to step up on the offense.