Intel Overrated?

October 23rd, 2014


Joe always snickers at how NFL teams think they are guarding the secrets to the Manhattan Project the way they play NKVD. It really is amusing.

Like the high school espionage that Lovie Smith practices with who will start at quarterback for the Bucs this week, as if teams don’t have video on both guys. (hint: The Vikings beat the Josh McCown-led Bears last year).

Even Lovie’s own acting offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo seemed to throw cold water on all this OSS-like paranoia yesterday, during his weekly meeting with the local pen and mic club. He was asked how much he is leaning on Bucs defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, who coached the Vikings last year, for intel.

“It always helps to have someone who knows the players, that’s probably a key that you hit on right there is the players, because the schemes are going to be a little different with different coaches,” Arroyo said. “But if you get anything from guys that you maybe – you watched the tape and then you ask if there is anything that we don’t know that we don’t see on tape and obviously he knows those guys pretty well, without getting exactly into what those details are. I think it helps to have that in any capacity, whether it’s a coach or a player who was on the team, as well as things that I know circulate or happen.

“Leslie has obviously been one person that we can bounce some stuff off of and, “Hey we see this from this guy’ or ‘We see this and that; is this right? ‘This looks like this’ – it helps, you can gain a little bit. I don’t know how much of an advantage it truly gives you.”

NFL-types have read way too many Tom Clancy novels or have watched too much 24. When a team is 1-5 and all-around awful, Joe thinks it is much more prudent that said team improves its own play rather than trying to pull some 1950’s cat-out-of-the-bag stunt by trying to surprise an opponent with their choice of starting quarterback.

The Bucs have a whole lot more problems than trying to play Jack Bauer or Red Reddington. How about developing a pass rush first, or how about a consistent run game, or maybe even a pass defense? Once those items are accomplished, then you go out and try to be Race Bannon.

9 Responses to “Intel Overrated?”

  1. bucs4lyfe Says:

    you focus on things that and the weather helping when you cant admit your team isn’t good enough to out physical anyone, line up knowing they know what your gonna do and hit em in the mouth anyway

  2. Buccfan37 Says:

    Stop, you are blowing the teams cover.

  3. DallasBuc Says:

    Pride, toughness overrated?

  4. Gooberville Says:

    No wonder Lovie cringes everytime you ask him a question Joe. The dude just doesn’t like you and articles like this will not help your relationship.

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Intel is only good if you have the ability to act on it… can know a blitz is coming but can you cover it….you can know there willl be a 3 step drop and slant passes coming but can you cover them?

  6. Pat Says:

    Uh, I think I know it’s a RUN, when we have the ball on 1st Down. Hope THEY don’t know…crossing my fingers. Also, on D, I hope THEY don’t call a little Itty bitty harmless screen, that THEY can steamroller us with. I’m going Incognito!

  7. Walter White Says:

    It’s RAYMOND Reddington. But yes, to say this coaching staff is lackluster is the Bobby Ramos understatement of all time…

    Considering he’s sometimes called “Red” on the show, you should relax. –Joe

  8. DallasBuc Says:

    Effort, dignity overrated?

  9. DB55 Says:

    Lovely smith appears to be overrated.