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Bucs defensive coordinator has had it with criticism, invites fans to help game plan


To say that the season thus far for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has been one massive, smoldering dumpster fire sadly would be a tremendous understatement. Things appear to be coming apart at the seams for the Buccaneers. Internal strife and an assumed and persistent animosity that existed between head coach Greg Schiano and Josh Freeman culminated with the Bucs jettisoning the once-believed-to-be franchise quarterback.

Freeman’s expulsion from Buccaneer Land has been the story of choice that has made most of the headlines, but when a team is 0-5, there are plenty of other things going wrong that draws attention, and consequently, criticism, both from fans and the media alike.

Count defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan among those in the Buccaneers organization who has had just about enough with all the second-guessers, critics and naysayers.

Especially frustrating to Sheridan — despite the Bucs ranking sixteenth in both total and passing defense — are the armchair coaches who believe the team uses too much zone and isn’t utilizing man coverage enough in its game-planning in order to better maximize cornerback Darrelle Revis’ specific and unique set of skills.

In fact, Sheridan, apparently exasperated with all the external criticism, somewhat lost it a bit and suggested that if there are fans out there who think they know better, why don’t they show up bright and early in the morning at the Bucs training complex and assist in preparing the team’s game plan.

Sheridan put it all out there on Thursday, saying that if these so-called experts know how to run a defense better than him, why don’t they come on down (via Sports Talk Florida):

“What I want to invite them to do is join us,” said Sheridan. “I get here about 5:20 [a.m.] every single morning, and they’re more than welcome to hang around here until about 11:00 [p.m.] for the first four nights of the week and they can help us put the whole game plan together.

“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,” he said. “Trust me when I tell you we painstakingly game plan how best to use all of our personnel not just Darrelle.”

Yikes. Talk about overdoing it a bit. What would happen if fans did in fact start lining up outside the Bucs’ practice facility bright and early in the morning with clipboards, notes and ideas in hand? Would Sheridan let them in? Somehow I doubt it, but that would be quite the scene.

And the cokes reference? Why not coffee? We are talking about 5:20 (not 5:30 or 5:15) in the morning, a nice hot cup of Joe would get the day started off on the right foot, I’d surmise.

Maybe Sheridan was reminiscing about “Eddie Murphy Raw” and was envisioning up a scenario where he would tell all the wisenheimers to “Have a Coke and a smile and shut the f**k up.” It’s possible. Doubtful, but possible.

[H/T Shutdown Corner]