TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers game against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday will feature quarterbacks who played for different universities but graduated from the same quarterback school.
That school is the one head-mastered by Dana Bible, who has been coaching quarterbacks at the NFL or college level since 1978. Bible lists Falcons QB Matt Ryan and Bucs QB Mike Glennon as his former pupils at Boston College and N.C. State, respectively
Bible teaches a pro-style curriculum designed to make quarterbacks NFL-ready by the time they leave college, and Ryan and Glennon said the curriculum is heavy on the mental aspect of the game.
“When I got to (Boston College), he taught me how to learn an offense and how to get prepared,’’ Ryan said. “His attention to detail was as good as anybody I’ve been around and I think that shows with Mike, as well.
“He taught him a lot of the same things, taught him how to prepare week in and week out, how to understand the system, the pass protections, route concepts, all those kinds of things.’’
Bible didn’t ignore the mechanical aspects of the game, but Ryan and Glennon said Bible’s emphasis on pre-game preparation and pre-snap checklists left them in a position to play immediately, if necessary.
Seattle QB Russell Wilson also worked with Bible at N.C. State.
“I feel like he’s one of the best college coaches in the country,’’ Glennon said. “He really gets you to be the best player you can be, the way he pushes you and stays on top of everything.
“I think it shows in how well his quarterbacks have done at the next level. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be as far as I am right now. He deserves a lot of the credit for where I am today.”
Though Atlanta’s offensive players garner most of the attention, the Bucs will also be thinking about a talented Falcons defender.
“CB Asante Samuel is a dangerous player,’’ Schiano said of the four-time Pro Bowler who is one of only 10 corners in NFL history to record 50 interceptions. “He’s a guy that can take the ball away and we have to be careful there.
“We have to make sure that we’re not careless at all around him because he’s done it to everybody. Guys that have coached against him that are on our staff are saying, ‘Yeah I remember when he got us on this and he got us on that.’ When enough guys that have been around keep saying, ‘He got us here, he got us here, he got us,’ and then I can say, ‘Yeah, he got us, too,’ well, that’s enough.’’
An analyst’s view
Former Bucs DB Ronde Barber, who worked Sunday’s game against Philadelphia as a TV analyst for Fox, believes All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis is playing hurt.
Revis, acquired from the Jets in an April trade, is one year removed from knee surgery but has played in each game this season during Tampa Bay’s 0-5 start.
“I don’t think that knee is back to where it was yet, but he still has been playing well,’’ Barber said in a text message Friday to The Tampa Tribune. “Probably not where he wants, but it’s not like he’s a liability.’’
Revis, 28, has played a mixture of man-to-man and zone coverage for the Bucs, who signed him to a six-year, $96 million contract that made him the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL.
“I think a lot of people expect him to be shutting receivers out playing man, but that’s not what they are asking him to do,” said Barber, who retired in May after 16 seasons. “He does on certain third downs and situations where it calls for it, but not every snap like he was in New York. He still has awesome movement and wins at the line when he’s up there.’’
A day after RB/WR/KR Jeff Demps had surgery to repair a groin injury, the team tried out several receivers at One Buc Place. The Bucs, though, hope they have not seen the last of Demps this year.
“I think he can bounce back,’’ Schiano said. “I can’t tell you for sure, but I think he can bounce back (this year). Let’s give it a week or so and see.’’
Looking much like a member of the Boston Red Sox, Bucs WR Mike Williams arrived at training camp this year with a full beard. He’s kept it ever since, but after his team’s 0-5 start was ready for a shave.
“It’ll be gone by Sunday,” Williams said. “I’ll probably keep a little goatee or something, but the rest of it’s gone. At 0-5, I have to do something to change things up. I hope this is it.’’