On-The-Job Training For Dave Canales

August 11th, 2023

Big night tonight at The Licht House for offensive coordinator Dave Canales.

It’s his first game calling plays since his high school coaching days.

Canales reflected on that during his recent visit to the Salty Dogs podcast. He explained that the “call it” periods head coach Todd Bowles set up in training camp were good prep, but a full game will test his mental stamina and really be a challenge.

Typically, those “call it” periods would have been scripted, but to get Canales more comfortable eyeballing his play sheet and barking in calls, chunks of training camp practice were handled in the more freestyle fashion.

Once upon a time in 2009, the Bucs hired an offensive coordinator who literally couldn’t call plays, Jeff Jagodzinski. Tampa Bay, of course, didn’t realize that until the preseason started. It was unthinkable, but it really happened. He was fired and quarterbacks coach Greg Olson took over the offense in late August.

Joe doesn’t expect Canales to be clueless and crumble. But he will have a learning curve — and opening day is in 30 short days.

8 Responses to “On-The-Job Training For Dave Canales”

  1. Craig Says:

    He isn’t actually the coach I am worried about. Hr is not the one to make bone headed calls about time and penalties.

  2. Woodenman Says:

    Lets go Dave Canales.

  3. Bucs Fan from Philly Says:

    Being the QB coach he was aware of plays on each possession. He had a headset and heard them. I’m confident he will do well. Only problem, if he does well this year then he will get scooped up by another team for navigating our offense post Brady

  4. catcard202 Says:

    My biggest fear with Bowles’ Canales hire was lack of play calling experience.

  5. BA’s Red Pen Says:

    Trask Mayfield, Mayfield Trask, You can’t make chicken salad…..

  6. ATLBuc Says:

    Trask will come to his rescue

  7. Erick Says:

    The Jagodzinski situation has to be one of the strangest in Bucs history, and that’s saying a lot. How did he not know how to call plays with his experience? Would love to hear story time on Ira podcast about that one.

  8. garro Says:

    Not sure about the whole Jagodzinski thing. That reeks of there is more to the story type stuff like at BC.
    An OC with a 30 page play book? Surely the Bucs did more homework than to just assume he had a playbook worthy of an NFL team. Jagodzinski it seems to me must have been a consumate con man as well as a bit of an ass. I still think there is more to this than has been mad public.

    Go Bucs!