Why were the Tampa Bay Buccaneers failing at practice?

 

To quote the immortal Allen Iverson “Practice… were talking practice.”, was his rant on how unimportant practice was to him.

Iverson played in only one NBA championship series, and has ZERO championships.

While Basketball differs from football in many ways, we all know in the NFL the way you practice is the way you play.

Last week JoeBucsFan.com’s Ira Kaufman let go on his podcast that before the Monday Night Game where Jon Gruden was entered into the Ring of Honor, a celebration night was held. Kaufman, who is a favorite of Gruden’s, asked the former Super Bowl champion if he saw the Bucs practice and what he thought of it.

“Awful”

Coach Dirk Koetter complained all preseason and training camp that the Bucs were not practicing up to par. Turns out many should have heeded the warnings, and not the built up expectations of the media based on last years results.

Of course when there is a bad practice, there is usually a distraction not that far behind it. What was last years big distraction? Its not too HARD to KNOCK down the door of a division champion… each year a few surprise teams are doing it. but you practice good, and during the camp/preseason days, more than a few reports were coming out about bucs  hamming it up to the cameras.

Next year, that won’t happen. It can’t happen, because in the NFL, ‘How you practice, is how you play’.

Was Chucky a target? We may never know, history will show passing on him as a good move

It was over 150 years ago when Lord Acton announced “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”. Not so much the corruption were  worried about, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a perfect example of how a head coach who is given ABSOLUTE AUTHORITY over an NFL franchise, tend to not coach long because it cant be done.

Wether its too many hats, or not enough time to go around, or the fact some people just cant pick the winners like some others. History shows us the best franchises have a separation of power: a General Manager who picks talent, and a Head Coach who takes care of the team given him.

Of course a successful team  will know how to make the two sides mesh well together, a GM who picks the right players for the Coach’s system, but who knows how to get good players.

Both GMs the Bucs had were terrible w/Gruden: Rich McKay could spot talent but it didnt always mix with Gruden’s system. Like picking  a left handed QB in Chris  Simms. Gruden will no doubt want to be the Boss, and his track record has shown  he’s not good as a talent picker.

If Gruden is paired with a strong GM who will yield to   Chucky’s  system knowledge but stand his own with his convictions on picks.

 

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