Sep 15, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore (21) dives for yardage against Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett (72) during the 1st half at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Greg Schiano Claims Michael Bennett is a "Relatively Effective" Sub Package Player

Greg Schiano has quite the interesting perspective when it comes to former Buccaneer Michael Bennett, who has spoken out against the Bucs head coach.

Here is an exact transcript from Thursday’s press conference at One Buc Place with Greg Schiano.

  • Reporter: How are they using Michael Bennett, Greg, and how effective has he been?
  • Schiano: Using him as a sub rusher, he’s not playing base, he’s coming in as a sub rusher both inside and outside. Been relatively effective. He has 4.5 sacks, I think.
  • Reporter: Is he playing both ends?
  • Schiano: He’s playing all over. He’s playing inside, too. He’s inside pass rushing as a sub rusher.

The Seattle Seahawks have a ton of talent along the defensive line, and they use a variety of packages and schemes to make sure the best players are on the field at all times.

Michael Bennett has play the most snaps out of any of those talented players. And according to Pro Football Focus, he’s second in the NFL among 4-3 defensive lineman at getting pressure on the quarterback.

In fact, PFF gives him overall grades which place him third at his position, and his only downfall is penalties, of which he has amassed 7 so far.

So he plays the run well, and he plays the pass very well. But he’s a “relatively effective” “sub package” rusher?

Doug Farrar of Sports Illustrated sees things a bit differently, and claims that Bennett has become a secret superstar for the Seahawks. And the numbers, tape, and logic agree with Farrar.

But Greg Schiano and the Tampa Bay front office decided to not offer up what was required to bring back Michael Bennett, instead opting for Da’Quan Bowers and Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, who have been in the doghouse and awful, respectively.

So it’s fair that the Bucs’ head coach wouldn’t give glowing reviews to a player he allowed to walk for a very cheap, short-term contract. But it also shows a lack of talent evaluation and a bit of an embarrassing moment having to prepare for and face a player that could have been helping the Buccaneers win football games.

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