‘Show Me What You’ve Done’

February 23rd, 2018

In the words of new Bucs defensive coach Brentson Buckner, players dig what he says because he has street cred.

Buckner played 12 seasons in the NFL. At defensive tackle and defensive end.

Now in an era of players wanting to know why they should listen to their position coach, Buckner said, he provides ample evidence that he knows what needs to happen in the trenches life of an NFL defensive lineman.

In fact, Buckner learned this coaching method from a guy who has a bust in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Kevin Greene. He was not only a teammate of Buckner’s but a fair defensive coach himself.

“I think it gives me the opportunity, when I talk about a situation, because it hasn’t been that long ago that I played, that I can pull [the tape] up,” Buckner said Wednesday. “If I tell you to get your pads down because they’ll drive you off the ball on the double-team and you’ll get slammed, I can pull up through a 12-year career where that’s happened to me. So I’m speaking from experience and not just coach-talk.

“I think this generation of players is more that, ‘Show me what you’ve done.’ That’s not to say anything bad about guys that haven’t played the game. There’s some great coaches out there that never strapped on a helmet that can coach circles around me. But I think for being in a defensive line, it’s such a hard job, you’re asked to do some superhuman things by holding onto 350-pound guys and sacrificing yourself – I can show them where I did it right and I can more so show them where I did it wrong. That’s my thing: Learn from my mistakes. I played 12 years and made some mistakes, technique-wise. Let me help you erase those things because I actually experienced that, and it makes you a better player. I think that’s what really helps me.

“Kevin Greene, a guy I played with with the Pittsburgh Steelers, he said, ‘When you got into coaching you’re blessed to coach the position you actually played for a long time. Use yourself as the good and the bad example, and the guys will respect that. It will make you humanize yourself to them more easily.’ Thank God for that experience.”

Joe had mentioned this the other day. One thing Joe likes about Buckner opposed to many coaches on Dirk Koetter’s staff, Buckner actually has played in the NFL this century. For example, Jay Hayes played in the USFL. For current players, that may as well be saying Hayes flew the Hindenburg, something they may have heard about but doesn’t exist.

23 Responses to “‘Show Me What You’ve Done’”

  1. tmaxcon Says:

    Buckner has his hands full trying to convert this passive soft untalented dline into anything respectable. Major challenge ahead of him.

  2. Joe Blahak Says:

    remove the soft ice cream first…the guy infects teammates with his disease…

  3. SB Says:

    I lived in Ohio back in the 90s and I used to get free tickets to the Steelers games so they kinda became my “AFC team”. I Loved watching Kevin Green play. He was my favorite Steeler.

  4. Patrick in VA Says:

    The attitude is great. Whether the players adopt it and demonstrate it remains to be seen. Fingers crossed. Right now, it’s a lot of pretty words. We’ve had that here for a lot of years. Once there’s production then I’ll get excited.

  5. Evolvingbucfan Says:

    I like Buckner but being buc fans we now realize the following……

    Talk is talk, i’ll wait for results. We bought into the talk last year.

    Results > talk
    Wins > good efforts

  6. Lamarcus Says:

    Whatever happened to just doing your job?

  7. Frank Pillow Says:

    Coach Buckner’s presser was a breath of fresh air. For those too young to remember he was a real PITA during his time with the Panthers- our interior line always struggled against his heft. He brings credibility and clearly he has a passion for the game and an energy-level to match. Does any of that= production? Well, the cupboard is totally bare here. Totally. Hopefully the GM finally realizes that (after 5 years).

  8. Destinjohnny Says:

    Our leading sacker will have 4 sacks..

  9. Joe Says:

    Yup. Buckner said all the right things.

    Now it is time for results.

  10. AlteredEgo Says:

    Give him some youngry players…..

  11. DanBucsFan Says:

    I love the hire of Buckner. But the cupboard is not that bare, definitely not totally bare. Imo , we have the often hated but top 5 Dt Gmc, hopefully Mcdonald re signs, Stevie T at tacles, ends we have Spence who is gonna be a major contributor IF healthy, Ayers who can do his job as a rotational player, Ghoulston should have a bounce back year can contribute as rotation, and if we add a decent vet who knows the “tricks of the trade” to help with our rookies comming in we are maybe 2 , 3 players at most from having a above average D line. I think Buckner will get the most out of his unit and the whole defense will come out of the than gate better and more intense. ” looking to bring the fight” GO BUCS !!!! DON’T MESS THIS UP LICHT

  12. Eric Says:

    Hold the lead a few times and we can discuss the improvements.

  13. Pickgrin Says:

    Good Luck coach Buckner.

    Licht needs to sign and pay the best DE free agent he can find (slim pickins unfortunately)and then draft 3 DL players this year and 2-3 next year.

  14. Evolvingbucfan Says:

    Joe, I’m curious, could you do and average age of the line he coached, compared to what he is walking into?

  15. 813bucboi Says:


    #NOEXCUSESIN2018!!!!!….GO BUCS!!!!

  16. DanBucsFan Says:

    Taven Bryan is gonna be a very good nfl player. If we trade down and could get Bryan, and D. James from fsu that is 2 starters on defense in just the first round. Im on board with that

  17. Onetrickpony Says:

    This year, no kool aid for me. Show me just dont run your jaws, Im done with that cr@p

  18. idiaznet Says:

    That scares me when it comes to the players mentality. I also think part of that is a crock if the players are using that excuse. After all SAPP a HOF was talking with them last year and no difference. I think it might have been more of Hayes was coaching some technics opposite of what the players were hearing from SAPP and other former players or current players.

    After you have to have been a player at that position or on the DLine then none of these players would do well with the guy who coached SAPP. Rod Marinelli never played DLine but he is one of the best DLINE coaches in the NFL. And as a team you need to get rid of those players as they have peaked all ready and are done. That would include GMC!!!

  19. LakeLand Says:

    Will Gholston will increase his sack total from 0 to 1.5

    Robert Ayers will increase his sack total 2 to 3.5

    The Bucs will increase their sack total from 22 to 28

    And everyone will be happy in la la land

  20. JAB83 Says:

    [And you really have to ask Joe why you are in moderation? smh — Joe]

  21. uckinator Says:

    His choice’s on where to coach must have been pretty slim. He could coach out the moon and still get fired when the rest of the staff goes down to Davy Jones locker with another disappointing campaign.

  22. DanBucsFan Says:

    Believe it or not but a position coach is more important sometimes than the head coach, obviously they spend more time alone in meetings, i doubt Dirk spends much time checking in on the Dline room. Imo, judging by the way Buckner worked the room, with his personality and ability to speak from the heart, fire up even the reporters , if even for a day lol about our Bucs and a new season. Imagine what he can do in locker room with a bunch of gifted but obviously not very motivated NFL athletes. As a former player myself , good ole Bucken got my juices flowing and ready to run through a brick wall for him. And watch and see, this year will be more than talk. Go BUCS !! Buckner may eventually turn into a head coach, Imo.

  23. Mike Johnson Says:

    Yakety-Yak. Big talk. Bucs are always BIG on talk. Every GD off season, Straight up Hype. Well guess what? I ain’t the only cautiously optimistic fan out here this year. WE WANT RESULTS!..Period. I say send Licht, Koetter and his sidekick Smitty packin if they do not get to at least 8-8 this upcoming season. I’m tired of losing. How about..You!! You never hear the Steeler, pats and other winners say what they will can do for the upcoming season. They just..DO IT. Win Bucs..everything else is BS.