When a team is 1-5 on the year, critiscism is going to appear from everywhere. Greg Cosell from NFL films talked about Michael Johnson struggling in the Bucs defensive scheme. Also, according to Cosell, Logan Mankins has performed below expectations since coming over in a trade from New England earlier in the year.
Former NFL quarterback and CBS football analyst Boomer Esiason, who was on with Fan Interference on 98.7 The Fan Friday, had some interesting things to say regarding the Bucs struggles this year.
"A lot of the offenses problems goes to the heart surgery of Jeff Tedford. When you lose your offensive coordinator and now you're asking somebody who's never called plays before to go out and call plays, I don't care what you say, it's a very, very difficult thing to do."
No doubt this will continue to be a topic all season long. We can talk about the Bucs personnel all we want but the reality is no one expected Tedford to miss any time this year. We heard reports that the offense was going to be a quick striking offense in training camp. A lot of quick throws out to the wide receivers. Maybe even a few screen passes to keep defenses honest. New offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo mentioned this might be something they have to do moving forward, especially if teams continue to blitz Mike Glennon like Baltimore did last weekend.
Esiason also had some thoughts on the Bucs defense and why it's struggled this year."They're being run against, they're being thrown against. And really, where it's alarming, is how well people are throwing the ball down the field against them. The amount of big plays. So what that tells me is that the pass rush and the pressure on the opposing quarterback is non-existent."
That's why the Johnson signing has been so disappointing. When Cosell talked about Johnson not fitting into the scheme, you can see why alarm bells were raised.
Hopefully the bye week afforded the team an opportunity to not only get healthy, but also tinker with their schemes. If not, expect more criticism not only locally, but nationally as well.
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