The Influence Of P.J. Fleck

August 8th, 2012

Tiquan Underwood gives much of the credit to his successful training camp with the Bucs to receivers coach P.J. Fleck.

Previously, Joe wrote about how Mike Williams lauded his new receivers coach, excitable P.J. Fleck, and said because of Fleck’s influence, the Bucs receivers “are as one.”

Fleck, who Bucs fans at practices have noticed bounces all over the place, got another stamp of approval from Tiquan Underwood today.

Underwood, who is having a really good training camp thus far, told Joe about how Fleck is different than any position coach he has ever had, but it’s working for the Bucs.

“I am not used to a coach wearing cleats at practice,” Underwood said. Fleck is “getting after it, chasing you downfield. It is really different. It takes a bit to get used to but we thrive off of his energy as a group.”

Joe thought perhaps one reason for the receivers raving about Fleck is that Fleck will actually guard his receivers in drills, as if he was a member of the Bucs secondary. This, Joe reasoned, might give Fleck more or different insight into his receivers than a coach who normally just observes from the sidelines or monitors practice tape.

Underwood didn’t think this mattered much.

“When it comes to coaching, there are different methods, different styles, different philosophies,” Underwood said. “There is no right or wrong way. You coach whatever way you do best. For Coach Fleck, that is more upbeat where for Coach Sully [offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan], that is more laid back. So it is different styles, no right or wrong way and we are adapting to it. It’s working for us.”

31 Responses to “The Influence Of P.J. Fleck”

  1. Chris FWC Says:

    Christopher “Kid” Reid?

  2. Bobby Says:

    PJ Fleck is turning out to be quite a hire. Hope we can hold onto him.

  3. Sgt Mike Says:

    I love the “Eraser Head” look from the ’80’s that Underwood is rockin’ . Which was wore it Kid or Play? Time for a Pajama jammy jam party!

  4. Canadabuc Says:

    Gotta love the energy coming out of Bucs camp this year. Can’t wait for Friday night.

  5. THE_FAN Says:

    I really would like to see this guy shine in these preseason games, and find a spot on the team.

  6. OAR Says:

    Reminds me of the young Nick from Hot Tub Time Machine!….Thinking about it, is a spoof at the Kid n Play hair do anyways.

  7. btown_bucsfan941 Says:

    @ joe I thought the offensive coordinator was mike Sullivan ??

  8. Canadabuc Says:

    Hot Tub Time Machine LMAO!!

  9. RastaMon Says:

    It is training camp story time…..

  10. DanBucFan Says:

    Who the hell is Bill Sullivan… did Mike get fired??

  11. Kevin Says:

    Not to nit-pick, but isn’t it Mike Sullivan and Bill Sheridan?

  12. Teddy Says:

    I know it’s early and we’re all getting into learning the names of these guys, but it’s MIKE Sullivan at OC and Bill SHERIDAN at DC. Hopefully by the end of the season there won’t be any expletives as middle names for these guys.

  13. Scoop Says:

    Our new OC’s name is Mike Sullivan, I thought.

  14. Morgan Says:

    Fleck is fun to watch out there…..he’s constantly moving, instructing, teaching, demonstrating. Every time I’ve visited a practice session, the guy has been fun to watch out there.

  15. Ladyz Says:

    @ Morgan , He was a ball of fire Saterday night. This young recever is going to stick on our team. Watch, he is going to make catches for some very important plays. Then Belacheat will regret his dumb arse move.

  16. thomas two point two Says:

    Don’t over hype the super-excitable WR coach Fleck – Dom and the Glazers may try to make him head coach for embarrassingly low pay if Schiano won’t slash the payroll in a few years.

    All this hype about a hyper position coach got us into the previous debacle.

    I have no doubt that Fleck would be ten times the coach of RahRah but let’s not go there please.

  17. BigMacAttack Says:

    Thomas, you’re f’d up but that was funny. I like the hands on approach Fleck takes and enthusiasm is a good thing. First Freeman pass for a TD will result in “Chestbumps all around”, and hopefully while we’re not down by 4 TDs.

    Ahhhhhh the memories……….

  18. Morgan Says:

    Say what you want about Morris as a HC, but you can’t deny that he was a respectable position coach before the Bucs implemented the Peter Principle on him.

    As for Fleck, if he’s successful, watch him earn a promotion – ONE SOME OTHER TEAM’S COACHING STAFF – seems like whenever we get good position coaches they find a way to get themselves promotions elsewhere in the off season.

  19. BigMacAttack Says:

    It isn’t hard to keep good coaches if ……………………… YOU PAY THEM!!!

  20. BucsFan007 Says:

    I assume Shiano was responsible for hiring Fleck ? & What was the connection, did he know him from ……. ? (I anyone knows)

  21. SteveK Says:

    We gave the Pats AJ Arrington, now they can surely spare a receiver of quality to the Bucs.

    Love what I am hearing about Underwood, can’t wait to see him
    In the game.

  22. Tristan Berry Says:

    Thomas 2.2 = Eeyore

  23. NJBucsFan Says:

    Side note- Glad we didn’t draft Trent Richardson

  24. lurker Says:

    wtf…are we in a hair salon in mayberry with all this cattiness?

    are you still in highschool? open mouth=”bitch,bitch,bitch,bitch,bitch”

  25. Bucfever40 Says:

    Fleck coached receivers under Coach Schiano at Rutgers 007.

  26. Ladyz Says:

    I don’t care how we got Fleck, he has all the receivers singing his praises, and I believe we are going to see good things as his product is displayed in the upcoming games. Go Bucs!

  27. OAR Says:

    Hair salon? I don’t know what a hair salon is like but I will take your word for it.

  28. OAR Says:

    What wrong now? Got your apple bottom jeans on and can’t find your boots with fur?

  29. lurker Says:


    me neither. a bearded lady told me what a hair salon is like.

  30. OAR Says:

    Those dang bearded ladies are informative aren’t they?

  31. lurker Says:


    thomas has a lot of information. generally incorrect, but lots and lots.
    hmmmm transitive property.

    just sayin’.