“Wannstedt’s Making It Real Simple”

July 30th, 2013

Year 2 of the Bucs offense under the New Schiano Order should bring more continuity, confidence and, subsequently, efficiency within the established system.

Year 2 of the Greg Schiano defense should bring the same.

Year 2 of special teams?

That’s a different animal, says longtime Bucs special teams captain Adam Hayward.

“Now we need to go play football,” Hayward told Joe. “Last year we kinda were trying to learn so many different things and when you’re doing that you’re thinking and you’re not playing fast. This year [special teams coach Dave] Wannstedt is making it real simple. You know, ‘This is what you gotta do. These are the way to beat the blocks and go make plays.’ That’s huge.

Is that the way it used to be around here, Adam?

“Definitely that’s how it used to be. We kinda got away from that trying to do too much. And now we’re back to the basics. There’s only so much you can do in football on the return side and we’re getting back to making it simple so we can go play.”

The Bucs were not special on special teams last season, outside of leading the NFL in blocked punts, an obsession of Schiano. Last year’s special teams staff was blown out and Wannstedt has taken over.

There’s plenty of room for improvement.

14 Responses to ““Wannstedt’s Making It Real Simple””

  1. Couch Fan Says:

    Next thursday can’t get here fast enough!

  2. robert Says:

    how complex is it anyway. that guy has the ball- GO GET HIM.

    when returning just always run the return middle play. pull your #2 returned all the way left….have your return guy weave left, then right and then shoot the hole the # 2 returner just blocked for you…….TOUCHDOWN BABY!!!!

    works ALL the time!

  3. Cannon Says:

    ^ lmao at the “Underpants Gnomes” version of returning a kick off

    Step 1. Catch Ball
    Step 2. …
    Step 3. PROFIT!

  4. Fritz50 Says:

    “works ALL the time!”

    And that, of course, is why every Team, other than the Bucs, did this , and scored on every return, in every game. Kind of a blanket statement there, ya think !! If this were done on even a high % of returns, the other teams would have a counter ready, in a heartbeat. In reality, NOTHING will ever be a sure thing for very long. Your statement is tantamount to saying, ‘well just run to the end zone, it’s as easy as that!’.

  5. BamBamBuc Says:

    Gotta hate Madden football for how it’s destroyed fan intelligence

  6. Tim Says:


    Took the words out of my mouth, it would take way to long to breakdown how exactly all the special teams work. But its a lot more than see ball get ball.

  7. aj Says:

    i hope you guys can tell that hes being sarcastic

  8. Buc1987 Says:

    It’s works on Madden right robert?

  9. BullDog Says:

    Cannon,,Dude ! “Underpants Gnomes” chuckle chuckle

  10. Cannon Says:

    BullDog Says:
    July 30th, 2013 at 3:44 pm
    Cannon,,Dude ! “Underpants Gnomes” chuckle chuckle


  11. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    How about just not holding on a return…..holding isn’t worth the penalty….you are going to get caught every time.
    How about this….you want to be on the return team? Keep your job? You hold, you get fined.
    The fines are split at the end of the year for the player (s) that didn’t get caught holding.

  12. WestCoastBucsFan Says:

    Yes, robert is definitely referring to Madden, the video game. It’s hard to tell but I really hope he is joking.

    Our return game on kick returns and punt returns was pretty terrible last year. I don’t know if that was on the returner, the blocking, or the coaching. Whatever the issues were, I hope Wannstedt can fix them.

  13. Buc1987 Says:

    Hey Joe do you think there is a chance Schiano can fire Dave Wannstedt and hire robert?

  14. Buc1987 Says:

    Hey Couch Fan…9 more days man…NINE MORE DAYS!!!!!!!