Former Buccaneers wide receiver Michael Clayton joined Booger and Rich to talk about the Bucs recent offensive struggles and the turmoil surrounding One Buc after an 0-2 start.
Clayton said that the play calling so far for the Bucs has raised his eyebrows. He said it’s a little strange to see the Bucs not put the ball in Freeman’s hands late in the game and instead run the ball on 3rd and 6 and 3rd and 2 and trust a field goal kicker that just came off the streets. Despite the play calling, Clayton said the penalties are the things that are killing this team.
Clayton said Freeman needs to be a better communicator but, like many quarterbacks, he should get better at the season goes on. Clayton says he believes Freeman has until the half way point in the season until things could get ugly for him.
When evaluating Freeman, Clayton says he sees a guy who is capable of making plays. He’s had some bad stats, but Clayton says you have to look past the boxscore. Freeman has had several dropped passes and has had bad luck with receivers falling down or not getting their feet down in bounds. He’s also missing a tight end out there as a safety valve across the middle.
Dashon Goldson’s one game suspensions was recently overturned and Clayton said that some receivers are the ones who like to face off against those safeties across the middle. Clayton said Goldson is changing the game in a negative way by illegally hitting receivers and costing the Bucs yards.
As far as the new rules go, Clayton said he thinks it’s a good thing. There will be more points scored and the game will be much safer.
Clayton played for Nick Saban at LSU and said Greg Schiano’s college philosophy can work in certain situations. Clayton said head coach Tom Coughlin has a similar style that did work in New York, but Nick Saban is an example of a coach who’s college mentality didn’t work in the pros when he coached for the Dolphins. Clayton said the key is for the players to buy in and according to him, Schiano’s college mentality won’t work with this Bucs team.