Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson joined Justin Pawlowski and Jim Lightall on Fan Interferenace on 98.7 The Fan, a CBS Sports Radio station in Tampa, July 17 to discuss the upcoming season.
“This time of year there are 32 teams that are optimistic. It’s a fresh slate,” Jackson said. “Obviously we have a new staff from the top down, Lovie has been great, and so have all the guys he’s brought in. The amount of information we have been able to take in from the staff is really light years ahead of where we’ve been in the past at this time. I love the new players we’ve brought in. We’re definitely a better team across the board. I think it’s going to be a fun year.”
Among the coaching staff’s new faces is offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford who is eager to run an offense again after being fired as Cal’s head coach in 2012 following 11 seasons.
Tedford is no stranger to successful offenses and standout players. In his 20-year collegiate coaching career, Tedford coached seven future NFL quarterbacks, including Aaron Rodgers at Cal and Trent Dilfer at Fresno State University.
“It’s a faster paced offense that’s going to put a lot of pressure on the defense,” Jackson noted of the new offensive scheme. “I’m having a lot of fun with it. We have a plethora of guys at running back, tight end and wide receiver that we can get the ball around to. We’re going to be very diverse and we want to be able to control the clock and dictate the pace.
“I think we’re gonna be as dynamic as possible,” he added. “Sometimes you go into it with a game plan, and you have coaches who are willing to adapt, and that’s what we have now.”
Jackson also shared his feelings on the signing of quarterback Josh McCown, saying,“I see what Lovie sees in him when he decided to bring him in. I never met him before this year, but he is a great human being and a great leader. He’s in great shape and he has a lot of years in front of him.”
As far as the receiving corps goes, Jackson is confident the Buccaneers possess the weapons to give defenses fits. Among the new editions at the position is first-round draft pick Mike Evans out of Texas A&M.
“I couldn’t be happier to have a guy like Mike,” said Jackson. “We have a great corps of receivers. It’s definitely a great room to work with. Mike’s been awesome. He’s a big, talented guy. He attacks the ball very strong. He’s going to give us another threat on the other side of the field. He’s willing to learn, and that’s the best thing in a young player. He doesn’t act like he knows it all. He’s ready to go. He wants to improve his game, and I’m very happy to share my experiences with him and all the receivers and anyone on offense.”
Encouraged by the team’s offseason moves and free agency signings, Jackson has high expectations for this year’s Buccaneers.
“It should be fun,” Jackson said. “We have the right players in place. I think Lovie really takes pride in not only (having) talented football players but smart football players and players that work well together in the locker room as well, and that will be a big part of us taking the next step to the playoffs and further.”
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