REAR ENTRIES: The Midnight Special

Published: June 22nd, 2012

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FLEXIBLE RECEIVERS: Remember when Jon Gruden made the claim that he couldn’t put Joey Galloway and Antonio Bryant on the field at the same time because they were both X receivers? It was one of the dumbest things I’d ever heard, and I live in Georgia. Apparently Mike Sullivan has no such hang-ups because he is perfectly happy to move receivers around to do whatever he needs to get the best players on the field.

“The great thing about this offense is that everyone can play every position,” P.J. Fleck said. “So when you’re thinking about the X (split end), Z (flanker), and all these different (positions), they all can play every position.

“That’s how we’re going about teaching our system and our scheme. Everyone learns the same fundamentals, and then we go right into the scheme and everyone is learning as a whole. It’s not, ‘Hey, you’re just learning X or you’re just learning Z.’ That gives us the flexibility to move everyone around.”

That just seems normal. I always loved Gruden and thought he was a good coach, but that thing about the receivers was just so bizarrely, hit-yourself-in-the-head-with-a-hammer stupid. And Greg Olson apparently followed it too because last year most receivers didn’t deviate from their spots. It’s going to be a nice change for the other team to not be able to guess the route before the ball is snapped.

PROJECTED STARTERS: The Times published what they feel is the starting lineup heading into training camp. It’s pretty much the same thing I published here a while back, with the exception of Eric Wright as a starting corner even though he has missed a bunch of offseason work so far. E.J. Biggers has stepped up as the starter so far and Wright should have to wrestle the position away from him instead of it being handed to him because of his contract. I think Greg Schiano doesn’t give a shit about how much money they make and will put the producers on the field.

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