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Hope USF Can Score A Lot Of Points

January 11, 2013 at 02:59pm by Scott   •  8 Comments »

Couldn't find a pic of Cooper in Bucs clothes because there is no evidence that he was actually ever in Tampa.
For the second time in as many weeks, an assistant coach that I mentioned on this site as needing to be replaced moved to a college job. FEAR MY POWER! This time, Ron Cooper, who oversaw the worst passing defense in Buccaneer history (I want you to sit and think for a minute about how many awful Buc teams there have been since 1976 and realize that Cooper’s was worse than all of them) took the DB coach job at USF because apparently USF cornerbacks were getting a little too full of themselves. Skip Holtz surely remembers Patrick Peterson was awesome and Morris Claiborne was excellent and that Tyrann Mathieu at one time wasn’t a punchline and he thinks Cooper can make his guys that good too. And maybe whatever Cooper does works in college, although I’m guessing he might have benefitted from the extraordinary stroke of luck in getting three supremely gifted athletes into LSU that could overcome their coaching. But holy shit, I don’t care. I’m just glad he’s gone. Although I am slightly uncomfortable that he went to USF. I’m concerned that the ora of his shittiness will linger around Raymond James after the Saturday games and into Sunday, settling on the Buccaneer sidelines like a cursed fog and continue to get our guys burned down the sidelines.

In fact, the Bucs secondary should probably just hire a priest or witch doctor as the DB coach for next year. It might get rid of the bad mojo every week and the cornerbacks would learn just as much as they did this year.

REAR ENTRIES: Christmas Leftovers

December 27, 2012 at 11:43pm by Scott   •  3 Comments »


MCCOY TO PRO BOWL: Gerald McCoy was the only Buccaneer selected to the Pro Bowl this season, a nice reward for a quality season. I thought he had been a little inconsistent, having had a couple bad games here and there. But the Bucs were a bad team for a good chunk of the season and it’s not like McCoy is going to win any popularity contests with any group of voters, so he must have been elected for his performance. Either that or they think the intensity with which the Bucs have rush the passer over the last couple games would be a perfect fit for the Pro Bowl.

Vincent Jackson and Doug Martin were selected as first alternates. And it’s a damn crime that Victor Cruz got in and Jackson didn’t. Jackson’s numbers are superior to Cruz’s in every category except “Number of Touchdown Celebrations That Got Old After About Six Games”.

HISTORICALLY BAD: Ira Kaufman posted a fun little factoid today that puts the Bucs’ defense in perspective.

If the Falcons throw for 252 yards or more Sunday, the 2012 Bucs will have surrendered the most passing yards in the NFL’s 93-year history

That stat doesn’t mean as much as Kaufman is implying since teams didn’t really start passing the ball so much until Don Coryell made it fashionable. But still, that’s a lot of years and a lot of yards. You can lay the blame on a lot of people, but Ron Cooper has to be at the front of the line. This may be what that player meant when he was talking about coaches going back to college.

FUCK YOU LOMAS BROWN: Lomas Brown was briefly a Buccaneer, so there is a Tampa Bay tie-in, but I honestly would have written about this anyway. Last week, Brown admitted that he one time intentionally whiffed on a block in 1994 so Scott Mitchell would get knocked out of the game because he was performing badly.

“We were playing Green Bay in Milwaukee,” Brown said. “We were getting beat, 24-3, at that time and he just stunk up the place. He’s throwing interceptions, just everything. So I looked at Kevin Glover, our All-Pro center and I said, ‘Glove, that is it.’ I said, ‘I’m getting him out the game.’ . . . So I got the gator arms on the guy at the last minute, he got around me, he hit Scott Mitchell, he did something to his finger . . . and he came out the game. [Lions backup quarterback] Dave Krieg came in the game.”

Very few things make me stare at the computer screen with my mouth agape, but this did it. I was completely floored not only that this happened, but that Brown is proud enough of it to recall it on the radio and not be apologetic or regretful about it at all. Oh, he kind of said something about regret a week later, but it was weak and hollow and I’m sure only said because the wrath of everybody who cares at all about football poured down on him after his admission. It’s one of the worst things I can think of that can happen on the football field — to intentionally betray the honor code of the game for the purpose of getting a teammate hurt. “Despicable” doesn’t begin to cover it. His name should be immediately removed from any Hall of Fame consideration and Scott Mitchell should be able to break Brown’s finger.

Wait, no. That’s not good enough. Mitchell needed that finger to do his job. Brown doesn’t need his finger to be an analyst except to jam it in his ass during commercial breaks. So Mitchell should be able to punch (lefty, natch) Brown in the throat so he has to sit out of his job for a few weeks and let someone else come in and replace him and do a better job. And even that wouldn’t be enough, but at least it would partially satisfy my need for vengeance. And I think we can agree that I’m the real victim here.

Bucs Are Almost Fully Stocked With Coaches

February 24, 2012 at 10:51am by Scott   •  5 Comments »

Between Cooper and Cox, the defensive back seven are going have some real attitude next season.
The Bucs have hired some more assistant coaches, so it sounds like they should have an entire staff together before players start reporting, which is always nice. The latest hires are a defensive backs coach and a special teams coordinator.

The chances of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers taking LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne fifth overall in this year’s draft may have increased with the Bucs hiring of former LSU defensive backs coach Ron Cooper.

Cooper has left LSU to take the defensive backs job with the Buccaneers, LSU officials announced.

Roy Cummings kind of stole my thunder with that lead paragraph, but yes, it does make the drafting of Claiborne significantly more likely. And he was already the one the Bucs would most likely draft, so now the chances of the team taking him are at a little over 100%.

Here’s what you need to know about Cooper: He has produced the best cornerback in college football twice in the last two years. LSU consistently has a great secondary. This is an excellent pickup for the Bucs.

The Bucs also hired Bob Ligashesky as the special teams coordinator. Ligashesky was with the Steelers from 2007 until he was fired after the 2009 season when their kick and punt coverage units were among the worst in the league. From there he went to Denver to be the Broncos’ tight ends coach for a year and then went to Oakland as a special teams assistant. So of course he should coordinate the Bucs’ special teams. Why not? With a resume like that, I don’t know why he isn’t a head coach or even the king of a small island country.

Needless to say, I’m not real excited about this hire, but it’s almost fucking March so they had to hire someone. I’d like to see the lengths of contracts that these assistant coaches are signing. Hopefully the Bucs aren’t giving any of them more than a two-year deal since almost all of them are Greg Schiano‘s fourth and fifth choices. If the buyouts are low enough, we may see a pretty big rotation come the end of 2012.