Bill Sheridan views himself first and foremost as a teacher. And in that regard, the new defensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has been immersed in formulating a basic study plan for his mostly young players.
Call it, Introduction to Preventing the Long Play 101.
Indeed, when Sheridan and head coach Greg Schiano scrutinized film of last years woeful Bucs defense a unit that set a new standard for most points allowed in franchise history, 494 he was taken aback by the number of long plays permitted by the unit, often resulting from poor technique and insufficient hustle.
But he says he also a saw a silver lining in the porous performances.
The one really encouraging thing weve seen as we watch the film is that all of it is correctable, Sheridan told the media Tuesday at One Buc Place. Thats one thing that can and will be corrected the sheer volume of big plays, what I call plays of 20 yards or more. A lot of (fixing) that has to do with great effort and pursuit to ...