This Should Go Well
January 18, 2013 at 07:27pm by Scott • 6 Comments »
When Ron Turner went to whatever community college he went to a few weeks ago, I thought it was an excellent opportunity for the Bucs to get a quality quarterbacks coach to push Josh Freeman over the hump and get him to that elite level we all hope he has in him somewhere. Instead, they got John McNulty.
Oh, you don’t know who John McNulty is? He was the mastermind behind the stable of thoroughbreds the Cardinals had last year. The quarterbacks that had one of the best receivers in the league and still managed to get their coaching staff fired. Before last year, McNulty was the receivers coach for Arizona, which has some credibility to it. And since the Bucs also have a receivers coach position open, you might think that would be a better fit. “Hey guys, here’s how Larry Fitzgerald does it,” would be a great sentence to say to the Bucs’ receivers in 2013. “Hey Josh, here’s how John Skelton does it,” not so much.
It seems like there would be better candidates out there. What is so special about McNulty that Greg Schiano just had to have him?
McNulty came to Arizona after working five seasons at Rutgers, coaching the last three seasons as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks after originally joining the staff as the wide receivers coach in 2004.
Fucking Rutgers. Look, I get having a comfort level with some guys you worked with and being able to trust them and work with them. But this is almost like nepotism now. How many Rutgers players and coaches have they dressed in pewter and red at this point? Randy Melvin, P.J. Fleck, Brian Angelichio, Bob Fraser, hell, even Jay Butler, the strength coach. I know I’m forgetting someone, too. And then there are the five players from Rutgers on the Bucs’ roster. Five players from one school is a hell of a lot. If they had five players from a powerhouse school, that would be one thing. For example, five former Alabama players would be understandable (not when they speak, of course). But five former Rutgers players?
The guy I wanted, Norv Turner, went to Cleveland as the offensive coordinator, so they weren’t going to get him. But isn’t there someone better than the guy whose greatest accomplishment at quarterback is Kevin Kolb? It’s okay to look beyond Rutgers to build you team. After all, nothing good ever came from New Jersey.