July 28, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan talks with the team during training camp at One Buc Place. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Buccaneers Fans Aren't Joking With Bill Sheridan, Show Up at 5:20 AM for Film Study

Bill Sheridan decided to try to inject some sarcastic humor at the expense of the Buccaneer fanbase last week when he stated that fans could stop by and see what he goes through to set his defense for the coming week.


Fans took him up on their offer, because this isn’t a joke to those who pay hard-earned money to see this team lose every week.

I’m glad that Bill Sheridan is in a good state of mind to be able to joke and have fun at the podium, but to do so at the expense of the fanbase was uncalled for considering the awful product being put on the field this season.

Sheridan’s defense has progressively allowed more points over the course of the season, and many have commented about his use of Darrelle Revis and his defensive line stunts which are used too often and used in the wrong situations.

And ultimately, there are serious questions as to whether or not the Buccaneers’ coaching staff uses their players properly, and doubts as to their ability to manage a game.

The lack of results on the field hurts the fans far more than it hurts the coaches. Those fans who took action, showing up to One Buc Place at an hour most don’t see during their waking lives to sit down with the coach and attempt to understand his rationale.

Because next season, Bill Sheridan can find some cushy job as a defensive assistant for some random team in the NFL, or drop down to college and run a defense in the Big 10 or AAC conference. But the fans don’t get back the money they paid to see this talented team lose its first six games.

So if Bill Sheridan, Greg Schiano, and the rest of the Tampa Bay staff are smart, they’ll humbly work hard to improve their team’s performance over the next few games, rather than making jokes about the fanbase that is done with jokes and it calling their  bluff.

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