Don’t Read Into Shipley Signing, Says Schiano

August 21st, 2012

The leader of the New Schiano Order was in no mood to fuel conspiracy theories this afternoon, even though the dots are too easy to connect.

With the Bucs claiming wide receiver Jordan Shipley off waivers from the Bengals yesterday, many people — including Joe — were of the mind that the Bucs simply are not satisfied with the second and third string wide receivers.

Not so, says Schiano.

“I wouldn’t say that it’s in response to any need,” Schiano told the Bucs pen and mic club today. “It’s just if you have a chance to investigate a player that you liked you do it. Now is a time when we can do it. “

Well, the Bucs may not have “a need,” but if the Bucs organization was truly content with its receivers, then, logically, there would be no need to take a flyer on a guy who is recovering from a knee reconstruction surgery following an ACL injury.

8 Responses to “Don’t Read Into Shipley Signing, Says Schiano”

  1. BucsFan007 Says:

    Schiano’s response seems perfectly reasonable to me ….. I mean, if you absolutely know that a certain player (or four) are not going to make the team & you have the opportunity to take a peak at somebody you’ve been interested in before & they don’t cost you anything, why not take a free peak at em’.
    It’s nothing new under the sun, happens every year about this time.

  2. Buddhaboy Says:

    They wanted to draft shipley back in the day, when freeman said of all the wideouts coming out that year, he would love to play with shipley. werth a shot for sure.

  3. sandbagrudy Says:

    how about bringing in more d lineman to shake up this collection if stiffs no pass rush no run stopping ability this could another ten plus loss season right out the gate the scedule spellsout double digit beatdowns

  4. sandbagrudy Says:

    Bill polian should be the next general manager this dominic guy has no clue they have all the offence they need and then some they need to establish a pass rush and stop the run

  5. teacherman777 Says:

    Shipley is the next Brandon Stokley. Before his knee injury, he was unreal.

    I say we place him on injured reserve, rehab him, and get him ready for next year! He is a unique type of reciever.

    The Bengals are DEEP at WR this year. They did the right thing by letting him go now.

    I wish we had done the same thing with Jake “Ballad if a thin man” Ballard (Chris Berman’s Bob Dylan reference). He was placed on waivers ny the Giants after the Super Bowl. And guess who swooped in to sign him?

    The Patriots! The baddest organization on the planet.

    I was so pissed. Stocker is questionable. Jake Ballard is a BIG blocking TE with good hands. He is THICK. Anyway….

    I am happy we are taking a chance on Shipley. He is worth the risk.

    Give him a year to rehab qnd you’ll see!

  6. TrueBlue Says:

    If nothing else, and the injury bug hits the wide receiver corps sometime this season, they were able to look at someone who might help if he’s still around.

  7. SilenceTheCritics Says:

    I disagree Joe. Taking a chance on a guy with some huge potential and has some production to back it up has nothing to do with how they feel about there WRs. If they feel he can successfully rehab his knee and you can upgrade your team, you do it. There is no conspiracy here.
    And for the fools crying because we havent signed a D-line guy. Who is available right now that is better than Shipley?… Signing a no name just for the sake of signing them is as foolish as you complaining about it.

  8. 941-Bucs Says:

    If i remember correctly. Leading up to that years draft, at one point a reported asked Freeman what WR’s he liked coming out of college. His reply was something along the lines of “Liking Shipley”. I can’t remember word for word at this moment but i know for a fact i heard him say it that year before the Draft. Now remember, at that point everyone knew We needed Receivers. Come draft day we go with Benn and Williams. I am very happy we nabbed Williams, Benn is still on the table.

    This pick very well could have been a series of events, put into motion since that draft, to acquire Shipley at some point for Freeman. If Shipley can return to form he could easily move into the slot. his competition isn’t hard to beat. Benn – injury prone and needs to show something (anything) to keep his 2nd string spot. Parker seems to be on Schiano (not so happy) side. Underwood would be spread wide if ever on the field to utilize his speed. That just leaves Stroughter to beat and i believe Shipley is a better talent and higher ceiling.