Joe Theismann Rallies To Greg Schiano’s Defense

October 23rd, 2012

With controversy swirling over the head of Bucs coach Greg Schiano in certain NFL cirlces, first over his kneel-down defense and now his field goal defense, Schiano is receiving public support from an unlikely source: Joe Theismann.

The Super Bowl-winning quarterback for the Redskins and popular NFL analyst had Schiano’s back when he appeared on the “Ron and Ian Show” today on WDAE-AM 620.

“I don’t have a problem,” Theismann said. “Our league continues to evolve from coaches and situations and to try to do something different. If you look at the victory formation, Herm Edwards’ play looms in everyone’s mind. You never know what is going to happen and it put everyone on alert: That when you play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers you will play to the last snap.

“Greg is going to find there are certain things that will be accepted and not be penalized for and some things you are going to want to do and realize, ‘I can’t do that.’ He’s not alien to professional football. “

Theismann then went on to say many of the plays and formations that are common in the NFL today were hatched plans as experiments by NFL coaches not that long ago, and what Schiano is doing is no different. As for his dust-up with Giants headmaster Tom Coughlin, Theismann said, “Coaches are always going after each other and that is not going to change.”

To hear the full interview, click on the little arrow below.

7 Responses to “Joe Theismann Rallies To Greg Schiano’s Defense”

  1. raphael Says:

    I think its awesome,Coach will try new and different things…plus he has the guys playing with alot of intensity and fire….The future is bright and who cares what others think….ie: media , local radio , ex- buc players

  2. kh Says:

    Not even a hater of their show but I love Ian’s ubiquitous “I played in the league…” references every time they interview a former player. Don’t understand why a guy that played 8 years in NFL is so insecure about whether other players know him or not. I digress, good interview.

  3. BucForce Says:

    The Herm Edwards play wasn’t a true victory formation call, where the QB takes a knee while the rest of the team encircles him. Pisarcik tries to hand the ball off to the RB (Csonka?) and it bounces off his hip and Edwards scooped it up and carried it in. I understand what Theismann was trying to say, just not the best of examples.

  4. ladyz Says:

    Thank you Joe Theismann. I hope the majority on this board stand behind Coach Schiano. I for one like what I see so far and hope he will put the Bucs in the upper level of NFL teams.

  5. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    You are both right and wrong. The play before, they ran a Schiano-type kneel down defense. This is why they didn’t kneel down on that play, thus fumbling the ball.

  6. cannuckbuc Says:

    Hey guys
    I have not been around much after this game,but did anyone else see what I saw? This team had some bad things happen and some bad calls and still brought the game down to the last play.The power and play of all the team was amazing.The team to me looks like a team on the verge of something big.I have not seen a Bucs offence with that kind of play since the 79 team and still these guys looked better.I know it was a PAINFUL!! loss but I can`t wait to watch this offence kick some Viking butt!!!

  7. skp Says:

    tampa bay seems to be a magnet for this sort of thing. remember when joe maddon first came here, people thought he was a joke…he still drives people crazy, but his shifts are the norm league-wide now and he’s a perennial manager of the year finalist. people were skeptical of the “minor league” guy boucher, and in his first year he got within a game of the Stanley Cup final with a system pro hockey had never seen. dungy & monte kiffin resuscitated a scheme from the football archives and implemented it to great effect here. tinker away, coach schiano