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Posted on: February 24, 2012 12:02 am
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Aqib Talib will get another chance with Bucs

TalibBy Josh Katzowitz

After a nasty offseason following the 2010 season -- an offseason in which he was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and was indicted on that charge before blaming his mother -- the Buccaneers welcomed Aqib Talib back to the team for 2011.

Considering Talib hasn’t shown the ability to stay out of trouble during his career, it was a surprise that he wasn’t suspended for the alleged incident that occurred in Garland, Tx. It wasn’t, however, surprising that Talib played well for the Buccaneers, because, simply put, he’s a talented cornerback -- probably one of the 10-best in the league.

And most likely because of that talent, new Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano has decided Talib will start with a clean slate.

"I had a great meeting with him and we just kind of talked about life for a little bit,'' Schiano said, via the Tampa Bay Times. "I know there’s been some things in the past. But at the end of the day, the legal stuff that’s going on right now, hopefully that will get resolved. He tells me it will.

"Then from there, we’re just going to go. Every guy on this football team will know our expectations. There won’t be any, ‘Well, I thoughts.’ I think most of the time, frustration comes out as the result of unfulfilled expectations, my frustration and theirs. So if you make the expectations clear, then discipline really isn’t discipline, it’s a choice. You knew if you did this, everything is cool and if you don’t, there’s going to be consequences. That, to me, is not that complicated. But you have to make sure you’re very, very clear on what it is your expectations are.”

Talib is lucky to be in this position, considering former Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris basically talked general manager Mark Dominik out of releasing Talib before last season began.

But with a new regime, Talib will get yet another chance. Of course, he still has to worry about the actual trial, which is set to begin in March. Talib told Schiano that he’s confident he’ll get a positive outcome from the trial.

For now, Schiano apparently is inclined to believe him. And inclined to believe that the risk of employing Talib will be less than the reward that could come.

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Posted on: February 17, 2012 3:48 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2012 4:15 pm
 

Report: Bucs to hire Bill Sheridan as DC

By Josh Katzowitz

Bill Sheridan hasn’t had much success in the NFL recently, getting fired as the Giants defensive coordinator after the 2009 season and then coaching linebackers on the ill-fated 2011 Dolphins squad.

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Actually,  he was recently hired to Urban Meyer’s staff at Ohio State, but now, he’s leaving that job to go work for the Buccaneers.

Which is great news for a guy whose squad allowed 427 points, the second-most ever allowed by a Giants squad, in his only year as the defensive coordinator.

The Lantern, Ohio State’s student paper, broke the news and wrote that the school confirmed Sheridan is leaving the Buckeyes program.

Sheridan will join a franchise that now includes Butch Davis as an advisor to Schiano, Mike Sullivan as the offensive coordinator and former 49ers offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye as an offensive assistant.

Also, ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that the Bucs also will hire former Dolphins linebacker Bryan Cox as a defensive assistant.

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Posted on: February 15, 2012 12:19 pm
 

Morris 'wouldn't change anything' about Bucs job

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By Josh Katzowitz

As new Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano continues to add to his coaching staff, former coach Raheem Morris, fired last season, looks back and thinks, well, everything during his tenure was fine.

“I wouldn’t change anything about it,” Moriss told WDAE in Tampa, via sportsradiointerviews.com. “You put yourself in a position of power and you put yourself out there and you want to go out there and want to be great and we had the opportunity and almost pulled it off. I take no ill-will, no negative feelings toward those guys, toward the Bucs organization at all. … Now we’ve separated and I wish those guys nothing but the best.”

In reality, Morris, out of three years in charge in Tampa Bay, had one good season -- in 2010 when the team went 10-6 (otherwise, his record was an unimpressive 17-31). But last season, it was clear the team had plenty of problems, including a lack of discipline and players that seemed to quit toward the end of the year.

"Here's the thing: in order to be a great team in the NFL, coming off a 10-win season, you're not going to surprise anybody anymore," defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said during Super Bowl week. "So you're going to get everyone's best. And you can't do the same things if you're going to be great in this league. I learned that from Warren Sapp. You've got to give them something new.

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"I just think our discipline level dropped a little bit. We kind of had the second-year slump coming off a 10-win season and kind of living off that.”

Though Morris said he would be content not to change anything from his three years with the Buccaneers, he also realizes he made some mistakes.*

*If it was me and I had the opportunity to change my Tampa Bay tenure, I would change the mistakes I had made. But hey, that’s me.

“When you get put in those positions, you make more than one mistake and I certainly can tell you I made some mistakes,” said Morris, now the defensive backs coach in Washington. “… With all that being said, those mistakes you have to make in order to go into battle. When you make these calls and go through these things, you believe in them. When you look back, and reflect, if they were mistakes, it’s something you can sit there and deal with, and I do.”

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Posted on: February 15, 2012 10:07 am
 

Schiano hires Raye, another veteran assistant

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By Josh Katzowitz

For those who worried that new Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano would have a tough time transitioning to the pro game after spending the past decade coaching Rutgers, he has continued surrounding himself with veterans to help ease him into his new job.

A couple days after the team officially hired former Browns head coach Butch Davis as an advisor to Schiano, Tampa Bay announced that it has hired Jimmy Raye as a senior offensive assistant.

"With over 30 years of NFL experience, coach Raye has attained a wealth of knowledge that will be an invaluable resource to our coaches and players," Schiano said in a statement released by the team.

Raye has coached for 40 seasons, including 34 in the NFL, and he was the Buccaneers offensive coordinator from 1985-86.  He’s also served as the offensive coordinator for the Rams, Patriots, Chiefs, Redskins, Raiders and 49ers.

So, yeah, the guy has experience putting together NFL offenses (though he won’t be the offensive coordinator for Schiano -- that job has already gone to Mike Sullivan).

But you might recall the last we heard from Raye was when he was the 49ers offensive coordinator in the final season of Mike Singletary’s reign as coach in 2010. The day after Singletary gave Raye a public vote of confidence just three games into the season, Singletary fired him.

So, like Davis (fired from his last two jobs), Raye probably can provide Schiano with guidance, but you have to begin to wonder if Schiano requires that his assistants had to have been fired within the past two years before he'll consider them for a job.

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Posted on: February 13, 2012 6:07 pm
Edited on: February 13, 2012 6:07 pm
 

Davis officially hired as Schiano's assistant

Butch Davis has been added to the Tampa Bay payroll. (US Presswire)
By Josh Katzowitz

The Buccaneers have made official what the rumors have said for the past week or so: former Browns coach Butch Davis has joined the Buccaneers staff to be an assistant to new head coach Greg Schiano.

"Butch has been a close friend and mentor of mine going back to our time together at Miami. I am excited to have his extensive football background and knowledge on board," Schiano said in a statement released by the team.

"He has had success on every level, and I know he will be a huge asset, not only to me, but to the entire Buccaneers organization."

The two worked together when Davis was the head coach at the University of Miami and Schiano was the defensive coordinator. Davis left the job to become the Browns head coach, but he failed there before heading to the University of North Carolina and eventually getting fired last summer.

But in order to help ease Schiano’s transition from Rutgers football to the NFL, Davis probably will add some much-needed advice for Schiano.

"This is a terrific opportunity to be a part of what Coach Schiano is building in Tampa Bay," said Davis. "It is an honor to be here to help Greg and the Buccaneers in any way I can."

So, what will Davis be doing? Well, it’s kind of unclear.

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In the team’s announcement, it said, “In his new role with the Buccaneers, Davis will assist and advise head coach Greg Schiano in a wide range of football aspects.”

What’s interesting about that is, as the Tampa Bay Times wrote about last week, that North Carolina owes Davis $1.7 million in severance from 2013-15.

If Davis takes another coaching job, that payment would disappear.

In this case, since Davis won’t (hypothetically) be an official “assistant coach,” I assume Davis can still collect in full from his former employer.

Now that he’ll be making money as Schiano’s assistant as well, that’s a pretty good payday for a coach who’s been fired from his last two jobs.

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Posted on: February 10, 2012 10:26 pm
Edited on: February 11, 2012 10:35 am
 

Bucs hire Mike Sullivan as offensive coordinator

The Bucs hope Sullivan can do for Freeman what he did for Manning in New York. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Four years ago, then-Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo was responsible for the game plan that helped New York to an improbable victory over the undefeated Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. A year later, he landed the Rams head-coaching gig based largely off what he accomplished that night.

Things didn't quite go according to plan in St. Louis (Spagnuolo sandwiched one- and two-win seasons around a 7-9 effort in 2010); he was mercifully relieved of his duties this January.

Giants quarterback coach Mike Sullivan appears to be following a similar path; after serving as Eli Manning's quarterback coach for the past two seasons, he has been hired by new Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano to serve as the team's offensive coordinator.

"We are very fortunate to add someone like Mike Sullivan to lead our offensive coaching staff," Schiano said in a statement. "He is a man of character and a complete football coach, who fits with the kind of football team we are building here. His work with the Giants over the past eight seasons speaks for itself. Mike was an integral part of that team winning two Super Bowls in the last five years and we look forward to him bringing that experience and expertise to our club."

Sullivan, who was hired the same day he interviewed for the position, was the Giants' wide receivers coach from 2004-2009 and coached the quarterbacks in 2010-11 after Chris Palmer left for the UFL.

As the Newark Star-Ledger's Mike Garafolo notes, Sulliven was criticized in 2010 when Manning tossed 25 interceptions (even though he also threw for more than 4,000 yards and 31 touchdowns).

A season later, Manning was one of the best quarterbacks in the league. He threw for 4,933 yards -- including 29 touchdowns and 16 picks -- completed 61 percent of his passes and had a career-best 8.4 yards per attempt. According to Football Outsiders' quarterback efficiency metric, Manning ranked sixth in total value behind Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Tony Romo and Matt Stafford.  In four postseason games, including the Super Bowl, Manning had nine touchdowns, a lone pick and a passer rating of 103.3.

Sullivan will be tasked with revitalizing an offense that stagnated last season after a surprising 10-6 effort in 2010. Quarterback Josh Freeman was a top-10 quarterback heading into training camp; he was coming off a 25 TD-6 INT effort in '10 and seemed ready to get the Bucs back to the playoffs. But he -- along with everybody else on the team -- regressed in 2011.

By the time it was over, Freeman had 16 touchdowns and 22 interceptions and Tampa Bay limped into the offseason with a 4-12 record. The result cost Raheem Morris his job, but provided Sullivan an opportunity to hopefully do for Freeman what he did for Manning.

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Posted on: February 9, 2012 7:52 pm
Edited on: February 9, 2012 7:59 pm
 

Report: Schiano hires Butch Davis as assistant

By Josh Katzowitz

Late last month, we told you that new Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano reportedly would hire former Browns coach Butch Davis. We called it a good move, because Davis, formerly at the University of Miami before moving to the NFL, could help ease Schiano’s transition from the Rutgers head coaching job to the pros.

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Now, Foxsports.com is reporting that the Buccaneers hired Davis on Thursday and named him a senior defensive assistant. The Tampa Bay Times, however, writes that the deal is not yet completed.

And what does a senior defensive assistant do? As Alex Marvez writes, “Davis will work closely with new Bucs head coach Greg Schiano and whomever the team ultimately names its defensive coordinator.” The Times also writes the new job could be more of an advisory role for Davis.

Schiano worked as Davis’ defensive coordinator at Miami, so the two obviously have a relationship.

Considering Davis was fired from the University of North Carolina last July, Schiano has provided Davis a nice landing spot to resume his coaching career.

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Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:41 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2012 7:42 pm
 

Gerald McCoy: Bucs 'lacked discipline' in 2011

McCoy said the Bucs "lacked discipline" in 2011, but expects a bounceback next year. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- Gerald McCoy's second season in the NFL wasn't a particularly great one. The defensive lineman, the third-overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, played in just six games because of injury, recorded just one sack, and saw the Buccaneers defense fall apart down the stretch after he went down.

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But McCoy, who's moonlighting as a reporter for OCNN this week, sounded pumped about the prospect of new Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano coming to Florida.

"From what I found out, he's well-respected in the coaching circle," McCoy said Thursday. "I got to interview Bill Belichick earlier this week and he told me personally that he's learned a lot of stuff he knows from Coach Schiano. For a coach like Bill Belichick to give my new coach a stamp of approval? You can't ask for anything better than that.

"He's defensive-minded and I'm a defensive player, so that's what I'm looking for."

McCoy also acknowledged that last season's debacle was partially caused by a lack of discipline within the locker room, something that most folks believed happened, especially late in the year.

"Here's the thing: in order to be a great team in the NFL, coming off a 10-win season, you're not going to surprise anybody any more," McCoy said. "So you're going to get everyone's best. And you can't do the same things if you're going to be great in this league. I learned that from Warren Sapp. You've got to give them something new.

"I just think our discipline level dropped a little bit. We kind of had the second-year slump coming off a 10-win season and kind of living off that. But I think we had a wake-up call. We got a new coach, they changed a lot of things and I think we're going to be back."

So was Raheem Morris too friendly with his players? Or just too young to enforce discipline? McCoy didn't go that far, but he did say that the Bucs "lacked discipline" during the disastrous 2011 campaign.

"Yeah, we just lacked discipline in a lot of areas," McCoy said. "That's not to take anything away from [Morris]. I loved what he did. But it's a business and sometimes you have to make business moves and change some things up. I wish him all the best."

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