P.J. Fleck’s World

June 5th, 2012

Joe could watch Bucs receivers P.J. Fleck coach all day long. This guy would be a celebrity if the Bucs ever embraced Hard Knocks.

Fleck, a former 49ers receiver and Rutgers coach, is animated, energetic, loud, and he’s a hands-on guy, whether it’s repetitively covering receivers or getting in their faces. He works everyone hard — praise or hounding. And at 31 and fit, he sure looks like he can run with these guys.

Joe spent a lot of time watching Fleck work with receivers today at One Buc Palace, and here are some observations:

Preston Parker routinely was praised all day, except for a play during a drill late in practice that had Fleck covering Parker who dropped a tough pass. Parker jogged back to his teammates and Fleck got on him for not picking up the ball he dropped. He made Parker come back and pick it up off the turf.

Clearly to Joe, Fleck was working Mike Williams harder than the other guys. A lot of extra help and focus seemed to be on Williams, who was not happy when he dropped a roughly 10-yard  pass with Fleck covering him in drill that featured tight coverage.

Dezmon Briscoe got his share of Fleck love, but also found his wrath. “Don’t take the easy way out,” Fleck barked at Briscoe after his turn in a drill to break press coverage at the line of scrimmage.

Tiquan Underwood earned some praise, and Fleck was hard on Sammie Stroughter, who seemed to struggle in the press-coverage drill.

Ed [Gant] was a favorite target of Fleck. Gant had a bad drop and lost track of his feet on a 1-on-1 drill that saw him catch a pass in the flat. “Be aware of where you’re at. That was out of bounds. Chin. Chin. Chin,” Fleck screamed.

Gant repeatedly got the “chin,” referring to where to tuck the ball after the catch. And there was more grilling of Gant on post-catch details. At one point Fleck screamed at Gant “the fastest way to the end zone is that way,” pointing out how Gant should have made a sharper cut after a catch in a drill with no defense around. That was a moment that made Joe laugh, but it was a telling moment illustrating how Team Schiano is on every last detail.

Fleck didn’t have much for Vincent Jackson today, but that could be because the guy is so silky smooth in every thing he does, there’s nothing to say.

10 Responses to “P.J. Fleck’s World”

  1. Orlandobucsfan Says:

    Maybe he should stop coaching and become our corner if he’s causing so many drop passes.

  2. SensibleBuc Says:

    Where are all those PJ Fleck haters? Sounds like the guy is better than advertised and more experienced than his 31 years would indicate.

  3. SensibleBuc Says:


    Who’s the most explosive guy out there offensively? Is it V Jax?

    Despite all of our offseason acquisitions it still feels like we’re going to remain one of the slower teams in the League at the offensive skill positions.

  4. Bucs4life Says:

    What about Benn?

  5. b.u.c.s.19999 Says:

    Dezmon Briscoe is not sign yet..so stop with hes not there..

  6. admin Says:

    Joe here,

    @Bucs4life – Benn didn’t drop any balls and he looks healthy.
    @SensibleBuc – It’s hard to say about explosive. Benn, Jackson and Mike Williams are all a cut above.
    @b.u.c.s19999 – Briscoe is here. See story above.

  7. Mitch Says:

    What about Regis Benn??

  8. Mitch Says:

    Nevermind! The comments didnt load right away on my phone.

  9. BigMacAttack Says:

    Good Stuff, and nice to hear VJax is living up to his billing. I can’t wait to see him in live action.

  10. The Dutcher Journal (Pete Dutcher) Says:

    I don’t think Gant will make the team. As to Parker, I hope Fleck is teaching him how to hold onto the ball.


    …a pick and fleck adventure. We have Booger Man!