Posted October 20, 2013

Tampa Bay’s defense implodes after coach sarcastically asks fans for help

Atlanta Falcons, NFC South, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Bucs have been a day late and a dollar short against Harry Douglas.

The Bucs have been a day late and a dollar short against Harry Douglas in this NFC South matchup. (David Goldman/AP)

Coming into Week 7, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defense ranked fifth overall in Football Outsiders’ opponent-adjusted metrics, but a lot of fans, generally frustrated by the malaise created by head coach Greg Schiano, have been very critical of the schemes used by defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan. Specifically, many fans and some analysts question Sheridan’s decision to use cornerback Darrelle Revis frequently in zone coverage when Revis, in his first season with the Bucs after six years with the New York Jets, is perhaps the best man-coverage defender of his generation.

Last week, Sheridan popped off at the fans, inviting them to show up at One Buc Place if they think they’re so smart.

“What I want to invite them to do is join us. I get here about 5:20 every single morning, and they’re more than welcome to hang around here until about 11 [p.m.] for the first four nights of the week and they can help us put the whole gameplan together,” Sheridan said  on Thursday.

“We’ve got all the free Cokes you want in the building and we’ll be happy to take those suggestions on how we can better use Darrelle. Trust me when I tell you we painstakingly game plan how best to use all of our personnel, not just Darrelle.”

Here’s the thing, Coach. Hubris will tend to bite you right in the butt. In the first half of the Bucs’ defensive “effort” against the Atlanta Falcons, Tampa Bay allowed 211 passing yards from Matt Ryan, who completed 13-of-18 passes and threw for two touchdowns. This without top receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones, both out with injuries. Ryan finished the day with 273 yards, on 20-of-26 passing, three touchdowns and zero interceptions.

Backup receiver Harry Douglas, whose previous single-game high was 133 yards against the Saints last November (the only 100-yard game of his career) amassed 140 yards in the first half on six catches. Douglas and running back Jacquizz Rodgers hauled in touchdown passes against a Tampa Bay defense that was outmanned to an embarrassing degree. But hey — at least Revis wasn’t the one burned by Douglas.

“He is being used, often times, in man-to-man coverage,” Schiano said of Revis after the topic blew up. “Whether the whole coverage is man-to-man or just him taking a guy out of the play man-to-man, most fans won’t be able to figure that out by watching it.”

The Falcons won 31-23 — Schiano called for two field goals in the last five minutes of the game — and it might behoove Coach Sheridan to be a bit more patient with the fans who, for whatever reason, still show up at Raymond James Stadium to watch a winless team.

15 comments
JRSantoyo
JRSantoyo

That coach is a idiot he practically telling us if it's so easy come do it our self wtf a coach who even acts like that should get fired u ain't a lil boy stupid. And why u get mad for your the offensive coach why do u wanna run zone coverage when u know the best receiver will line up with your 2 3 corner fool banks n Johnson can't cover He's stupid use your head bro not your own personal ego

RomarioDelLago
RomarioDelLago

All those coaches are clueless down there.  They'll continue losing until they pull their collective heads out of their collective arses.  Typical jock-boy  morons...full of machismo lacking brains.  LOL

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

You know, the last time Sheridan was an NFL defensive-coordinator in 2009, he also promptly ruined the Giants previously elite defense. 

Sheridan is good with linebackers, and only with linebackers.  He's inept at everything else.

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

Reportedly, fans DID show up for Sheridan's offer, and were denied entry to the facilities anyway.

This idiot coaching staff can't even do sarcastic bluffs correctly.

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

a coaching staff that mouths off to fans is a coaching staff that should and will be gone soon

DanaBunner
DanaBunner

After getting off to a 6-4 start last year, the Bucs are 1-12.  How long can Schiano keep that job? 

Burneymac
Burneymac

The 3 "S"toges Schiano, Sheridan and Sullivan.

JeffRöskens
JeffRöskens

Hell, I could come in at 9 and leave at 5 and still do at least as good of a job.

nfinitwordsfoto
nfinitwordsfoto

I'll do it.  I'll do it for free and if the defense plays better, he and Schiano go away forever.  If they don't, then I'll lay off of him.  This team is a disaster and it's fans are beyond disgusted.  

mbroncofan
mbroncofan

@thebigdawg3But he's a genius compared to Schiano.  I have no idea how that guy is still around.  Actually, I'm more shocked one of his players hasn't taken him out back and beat the living crap out of him.

likedoohan
likedoohan

@Burneymac Brings to mind Millen, Mornhinweg, and Mariucci and Marinelli. Just pray it doesn't go on as long.