The Man Behind The Dummy

August 7th, 2012

Bucs defensive operative/senior advisor Butch Davis, known for his defensive genius, and defensive line coaching during the Cowboys’ dynasty of the 1990s, was spotted by the watchful eye of writer Pete Schrager recently.

Davis isn’t “coaching,” per his agreement with the Bucs, but he is scrutinizing the action. Schrager penned a strong piece on all things Bucs that included Davis and zeroed in on the impact of Bryan Cox. Here’s a snippet: 

A play after being bullied to the ground by free-agent acquisition Carl Nicks, McCoy responds to Cox’s pleas with a swift and powerful swim move on the former New Orleans Saints star. McCoy gets past the highest-paid offensive guard in all of football and angrily attacks a tackling dummy serving as an opposing quarterback.

Cox explodes.

“Thattaboy, Gerald! We do not stop until we get to that quarterback. We do not stop! See what happens when we don’t stop?!”

Cox, who once saluted Bills fans with two middle fingers before a game in Buffalo, then hurries over to McCoy and slaps him hard on his shoulder pads. “We do not stop, gentlemen!”

Cox is clearly the voice and face during this particular drill; the “hype man” for a brand-new coaching staff in Tampa Bay that’s gotten little to no hype at all this offseason.

But the former Miami Dolphins linebacker is far from the most recognizable name on the call sheet. Looming a few paces away, in a visor behind the defenseless tackling dummy, is Butch Davis — a onetime coach of the Miami Hurricanes and Cleveland Browns and, most recently, North Carolina Tar Heels. Davis, who has nearly four decades of coaching experience on his resume, is serving as an adviser in Tampa Bay this season.

Joe loves this whole concept of Davis gazing and glaring at the Bucs defense and reporting back to the leader of the New Schiano Order and conferring with coaches.

Joe can only imagine what goes through players’ heads when they have a miscue and Davis walks over and whispers in a coach’s ear.

7 Responses to “The Man Behind The Dummy”

  1. big007hed Says:

    There is a lot of experience on this “Staff” that is different and dynamic. I hope it all comes together nicely for the Bucs

  2. Macabee Says:

    Wikipedia defines coaching as,

    “Coaching, when referring to getting coached by a professional coach, is a teaching or training process in which an individual gets support while learning to achieve a specific personal or professional result or goal. The individual getting coached may be referred to as the client, the mentee or coachee, or they may be in an intern or apprenticeship relationship with the person coaching them. Coaching may also happen in an informal relationship between one individual who has greater experience and expertise than another and offers advice and guidance, as the other goes through a learning process”.

    Of particular note is the last sentence. Is Butch Davis coaching? I report, you decide!

  3. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    Cut the crap, we all know Butch is Coaching. I guess you do what you got to do to get paid, but you can bet he ain’t there to get a Suntan.


    Is the Fins game going to be televised locally?

  5. CharlieB Says:

    Davis is coaching the coaches, if anything. He is not directly guiding the advancement of the players.

  6. SilenceTheCritics Says:

    Gotta love the fans who love to assume and state there opinion as fact despite not really knowing anything.

  7. lurker Says:

    really?!? wikipedia…

    i’m sure north carolina added that last line.