Thursday, April 19, 2012
Bucs still sorting through linebackers
By Pat Yasinskas
TAMPA, Fla. -- Greg Schiano has seen his team on the field for all of three minicamp practices and he hasn’t settled on a plan on how to sort out his linebackers. At least not just yet.
The Buccaneers went through the three-day minicamp with Mason Foster working as the first-team middle linebacker, Quincy Black on the weak side and Adam Hayward on the strong side. But Schiano said that doesn’t mean the Bucs will open the season that way.
‘It’s not enough to get guys on the bus,’’ Schiano said Thursday. ‘You’ve got to get them in the right seat.’’
Schiano said he and his staff will sit down soon to discuss the situation at linebacker, and next week’s draft also could factor into whatever direction the Bucs decide to go. Foster played the middle last season, but Schiano said he might consider moving Foster outside. Black played the strong side last year, but got an audition on the weak side.
Schiano said he may go back and watch more of Foster’s college tape to watch him play the outside before making a decision. But it’s not going to be too long before the Bucs come up with their plan.
“We can’t screw around too long,’’ Schiano said.