Schiano Confirms “Tight End By Committee”

August 26th, 2012

Look for the Bucs to spread the tight end work around what likely will be three TEs on the roster.

The challenge, though, will be to avoid tipping off play-calls to defenses based on the tight ends in the game. Frankly, much of this revolves around Dallas Clark’s subpar blocking on a team that craves a punishing running game.

In a funny moment at Greg Schiano’s news conference yesterday, the leader of the New Schiano Order was pressed to explain and acknowledge the “tight end by committee” approach. The question came from Tampa Tribune scribe Woody Cummings and Schiano demanded to know where Cummings got his intelligence, “Who gave you that word?” Schiano asked, referring to “committee.”

Cummings let the head coach know it was revealed on the local TV broadcast of the Pats-Bucs game.

“Stinkin’ production meeting, huh,” Schiano joked with a reddened face. “When I say that ‘by committee,’ I mean, you know, there are certain guys that do different things well, better than the next guy. So I think what we’ll try to do is play to their strengths. You gotta be careful when you do that though, if you totally play to your strengths, then it’s like a blinking light, ‘Ok, here it comes.’ So you gotta be proficient enought at least at the things that aren’t your strengths so you can mix it up. But, yeah, I do think we’ll play several guys, which will be good.”

Hopefully, Luke Stocker can stay healthy. He’s no Dallas Clark, but Joe believes Stocker is far more versatile than many believe.

Also, Joe enjoyed Schiano’s analogy of the “blinking light” in relation to how an offense can’t telegraph what’s coming. That was exactly what the Bucs did repeatedly with LeGarrette Blount last season.

28 Responses to “Schiano Confirms “Tight End By Committee””

  1. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    Last season Kellen Winslow was the biggest blinking light I’ve ever seen. When he was in the game everyone inside and outside the stadium knew where the ball was going. Hence the 10 INT’s Freeman threw when targeting K2 last year. Glad that isn’t the case any long.

    Now if we can keep Freeman from substituting VJax for K2, and keep spreading the ball around, that would be welcome. Very welcome.

  2. Mike J Says:

    It’d be nice if Notre Dame’s Tyler Effert lasted till the Bucs pick rd. 2 in 2013.

  3. blackmagic00 Says:

    Next draft dl ol te. And then if free doesn’t pan out qb.

  4. Patrick Says:

    “Hopefully, Luke Stocker can stay healthy.”

    And let’s hope someone on our D-line can stay healthy for once.

  5. ClayBURN94 Says:

    @blackmagic THANK GOD you are not the GM. QB? Really with all the holes and lack of depth on this team? Smh

  6. TheTaylorPrice Says:

    Danny Noble will have at least 5 redzone TD’s this year.

  7. The Dutcher Journal (Pete Dutcher) Says:

    I can see the lines being addressed, but TE is one of the lesser needs on this team.

  8. The Dutcher Journal (Pete Dutcher) Says:

    And you are years early on drafting a QB next year.

  9. JC Says:

    [No, man! You’re not going Dan Sileo on this site with unsourced BS rumors like that. If you want to float a rumor, you can e-mail Joe. Unless you have a link to back up something like that, it cannot stay here. — Joe]

  10. blackmagic00 Says:

    @ dutcher I said after that, meaning after next year. If free doesn’t figure out how to stay calm and find every open target then he won’t pan out.

    @ Clyburn te is a huge position and we don’t have a a great one. It’s a good thing none of us fans are a gm. Our biggest hole is at dl our second is a close tie between te and the right side of the ol. And if free (who I love and hope grows to be elite) doesn’t mature and learn to make all of his reads will have to be replaced. I really hope that doesn’t happen.

  11. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    After watching the Saints play the Texans, I am still in awe of Graham, the Saints tight end.
    That guy literally took over the game, no matter what the Texans did.

  12. Eric Says:

    Imagine how this thing would humm if we could plug a young Jimmy Giles in.

  13. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    Joe: applause – you are exactly correct with your statement that the Bucs offense was a blinking light re Blount last year. Good job.

    However, the reason was that everyone associated with the team knew that Blount was the reason, not Olson, that the offense had to pull Blount in the passing game – and it has little to do with hands – it has everything to do with knowing who to pick up on blitzes and when and how to release if appropriate.

    Blount was totally lost on this bc they tried it early in the season and It was a disaster.

    This is the main reason that Schiano and analysts (like Art Valero) said that it was clear that Blount can’t be an every down #1.

  14. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    Good point Eric – Giles could do it all when he was into it.

    I loved Giles as a tight end – hugely athletic for a big strong man.

  15. Macabee Says:

    Seattle just cut Deuce Lutui. Bucs should take a look!

  16. Eric Says:

    Yeah I recall once against Dallas, in their house, Jimmy was double covered about 50 yards down field, he out jumped both defensive backs , hauled it in, and then juked them both and scored untouched.

    Btw, anything more worthless than 4th preseason game?

  17. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    @Eric: yes, a Dom 2nd round draft choice.

  18. Bricen Says:

    @macabee would love to see him doing the conditioning test.

  19. Macabee Says:


    Might be tough on Deuce, but I understand he’s down to 338lbs. Maybe he can get a Donald Penn exemption!

  20. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Even I have to admit that was pretty funny Thomas.

  21. The Dutcher Journal (Pete Dutcher) Says:

    JC Says:
    August 26th, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Joe, my sister who works at the ritz carlton in nyc told me that it has not been released yet but the glazers have scheduled a meeting about selling the franchise


    Won’t happen, Pal.

  22. Eric Says:

    Hilarious line Thomas……

  23. Patrick Says:

    @Pete Dutcher

    “Won’t happen, Pal.”

    You sure? I’m sure JC wouldn’t just make up something like that. Maybe there’s something we don’t know?

  24. REDDMAN Says:

    Stocker = Stinker. 2 – 4th rnd picks for a guy you could pickup off the waiver wire. His blocking SUCKS!!!!!!!!

  25. blackmagic00 Says:

    So watching the game and rewinding a gazillion times I will say Ted Larson is quick and zuttah is not a true center. Both of Larsons penalties were a result of zuttah not getting the ball off in time. I believe we are good for rt.

  26. Mike J Says:

    Macabee, at least give it some thought–I agree.

  27. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    So working at the Ritz Carlton gives you inside information like [sorry Hawaiian, had to delete that because that type of nonsense rumor cannot stay on this site. I know you didn’t start it, but had to nip it in the bud. — Joe]

  28. lurker Says:

    thanks for getting rid of that junk joe. i was hoping it’d be sooner before many people saw it.