A Lot More “Learning” Going On

June 5th, 2012
E.J. Biggers says he knows a lot more about where to be on the field and what’s going on the field than he did last season. … And it’s only June 5.

There are many theories why Raheem Morris and his coaching staff lost the Bucs last season.

What’s completely true or not is often up for debate. However, Joe found his conversation with E.J. Biggers today very telling when it comes to what led the Bucs to the heinous 10-game losing streak they currently are riding.

Unprompted by Joe, Biggers painted a picture of not knowing everything he needed to know under former secondary coach Jimmy Lake. Biggers even went so far to imply he didn’t always know where he needed to be.

JoeBucsFan.com: Do you feel like you’re getting better in this new system?

E.J. Biggers: Oh, of course. Of course. Learning each and every aspect of the defense, I mean every position in the secondary, you know, where D-linemen [go], everybody everything, It works itself out. Just being here each and every day and learning is going to help me.

Joe: What specifically has helped you?

Biggers: Just knowing, like I said, knowing everything on the defense right now, knowing where the defensive line are. I mean a lot last year, I don’t know if I knew everything like that. But like I said this year, everybody knows everything. Like I said, that helps you as a secondary guy because like I said you’re the last line of defense so you have to know that. You have to know where you have to be.

Well, that about says it all. Joe will raise a cold one tonight to the New Schiano Order.

25 Responses to “A Lot More “Learning” Going On”

  1. BucFan20 Says:

    Teaching and learning. What a novel idea. Coaches getting everyone on the same page and demanding attention to details. Our last coach (for lack of a better word) was coach Rahwho??

  2. Tim Says:

    Reading stuff like this makes me so damn happy to have Schiano. Raheem obviously was on the ball in 2010 and got too soft and yungry in 2011.

  3. CanadianBucsFan Says:

    So far so good with the Schiano era. Sounds like players are really buying into the big picture. as for Biggers, hes a high motor guy and a high character guy but I dont see him making a huge impact for us this year.

  4. RastaMon Says:

    Roll the tape on the last Atlanta game….1st play….Michael Turner….Biggers….getting Smaller……15 yard gain…..cut his AZZ

  5. jb Says:

    How on EARTH did we win 10 games in 2010 with that moron as our head coach?
    The more we hear, the more we realize it wasn’t so much the talent-level as, the buffoons we had coaching said talent!

  6. Eric Says:

    The OTA championship is in the bag.

  7. squadoosh Says:

    I heard on the radio today that an anonymous well known former Buc player pointed out that the defense was lined up incorrectly for numerous games last season for large periods of each of those games….yeah last year was a serious mess!

  8. Adam Says:

    I’ve been watching football since I was in 3rd grade. I’ve seen a lot of coaches come and go from every team in the league, but I’ve NEVER in my life heard a player say, “Our previous coach didn’t tell us what we were supposed to do on the field.”

    I’ve said over and over that Morris was the worst coach in the history of the Buccaneers, but he may have been the worst “coach” in the history of football.

  9. aj Says:

    I have to admit I am a bit worried we are going to find out Geno Hayes was just severely undercoached.

  10. st. louis Bucs fan Says:

    Rah drafted players and hoped that their talents alone would carry the team and in 2010 it did, but as the league adjusted he DIDNT!!!! just because your in the Pros doesnt mean you know everything! coaching still needs to happen even if you a 5 time pro-bowler. Rah CANT COACH he motivates, and all the motivation in the world wont line you up correctly. take everything from the last 3 years and throw it outthe window and see what these kids can do if healthy and coached properly!!!!! BUC IT IM OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Thomas2.2 Says:

    The aberration of record in 2010 had zero to do with RahRah – it was total luck. They drew 10 team’s missing their best qb option.

    RahRah was as clueless as a dc as he was a HC, ask k state.

  12. The Dutcher Journal (Pete Dutcher) Says:

    Note to biggers…when the guy you are supposed to be covering and is RIGHT NEXT TO YOU, the place you are supposed to be is wrapped around his legs and bringing him down…NOT throwing up your hands and slowing to a walk.

    I think when Schiano mentioned a member of the secondary had quit…it was Biggers…not Talib. I think Biggers would be toast along with Talib if we had better depth. Man…if he’s staying I really hope Schiano beats the quit out of him.

  13. ben Says:

    as much as biggers has been toasted (on the boards as well as on the field) nobody was really complaining in 2010, some players we have have been under the bus since last year. im not saying give anyone a pass but im willing to take a wait and see approach with the players on the roster and see how they do with some real coaching

  14. buc Says:

    He has won the media super bowl, lets see what happens on opening day when this college coach hit the field against pro coaches,who know how to coach pro football players.

  15. Jrock(mobile) Says:

    Pete are you serious? How do you call biggers a quitter, if you actually watched bucs games, is beyond me. If you want me to pull videos showing biggers running down ballcarriers while his teammates loafed last season I will.

    You are completely irresponsible and wrong for calling biggers out like that. He’s one of the FEW who kept at it as the season went on. So will you do your proper research or should I do it for you?

  16. BigBear Says:

    Wow in 2010 Biggers had a fine season, and after one where everyone on this team was being sliced and diced I don’t see how he was that much of the problem over so many others who were not playing at anywhere near a high level. Biggers has shown to have some speed and skill in 2010, but in 2011 he looked a bit lost. That being said I remember him clawing and scrapping to keep Roddy White out of the endzone in the game at Atlanta last year, along with so many other plays of him showing effort. I am a Biggers homer for some reason, but I objectively think that he is a decent nickel corner on the outside who will improve this year with an off season with these coaches.

  17. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Thank you Jrock. It’s perfectly acceptable if you want to call him bad, but not a quitter. I have watched every game and never noticed him quit, nor heard any indication from anyone credible that he did. If you are going to accuse someone of quitting (which is about as bad of a accusation as you can make) then have some proof. If not, then you are pulling a Thomas.

  18. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Also amazing how people forget he was covering the other team’s #1 much of last year, which is not what he was drafted to do.

  19. Dave Says:

    Just glanced at all the last 2 day reports from OTAs and must say: it has me pumped up. Love what they are doing and what the players are saying about it.

  20. Jessup Says:

    Pretty damning comment for Raheem and company. I’m sure no offseason didn’t help, but here is a third year guy that is admitting he only knew his assignment and had no idea what the rest of the defense was doing. Good coaches make sure their players know WHY they are doing what they are doing. Should see a big improvement this year by all Bucs.

  21. Drew Says:

    I am ready for some football!!!

  22. dan Says:

    biggers looked worse than he was last year because of HORRIBLE safety play. several times where he got ‘burned’ he thought he had help over the top. (or thought there was help over the top) the worst though was Calvin Johnson… just throw it high enough…

  23. Thomas2.2 Says:

    Biggers is a disaster of a corner, but he isn’t a quitter. He also has good straight line speed, but he is small and uses his body and hips poorly which causes him to allow separation during transitions and cuts

    This fatal flaw can be fixed with coaching but it is very rare and unusual.

    I commend biggers for admitting that Joe and Tim’s coach Of the year didn’t even know where the players were to line up on D.

  24. McBuc Says:

    Dan, true, and Calvin burns everyone, even ther elite corners will give uppasses to CJ. It always erks me when people try and say Biggers sucks because Calvin Johnson schooled him…

  25. Buc O Deer Says:

    Why were they lined up better in 2010? Barrett did a lot more in 2010 than people realize. Remember the defensive effort the last game of the 2010 season down in New Orleans. Rudd forced the key fumble that stopped a Saints score.

    Lack of veteran leadership is the main reason the defense was clueless and frustrated in 2011. The team has added a lot of veterans, so things should be much better this year. Foster was in way over his head.