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February 11, 2014 @ 11:43 am
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Spencer Expects His Buccaneers To Be Complete Backs

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New Bucs RB coach Tim Spencer recently told PewterReport.com how excited he is to be in Tampa Bay and work with what he feels is solid talent on the roster. Spencer was also quite clear he needs his running backs to be complete, well-rounded players.
New Bucs running backs coach Tim Spencer, who replaces the popular Earnest Byner, has some pretty big shoes to fill.

Byner was an exceptional running back for the Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins, but also did a terrific job coaching the Bucs' revolving door of running backs that were thrown into action due to a rash of injuries in 2013. But Spencer, like Byner, also played football professionally, and while he may not have the outstanding numbers that Byner put up in the NFL, he should immediately earn the respect of his players as one who has been in their place.

Spencer recently sat down with the local media, including PewterReport.com, and talked about joining the Buccaneers.


“Obviously, I worked with Lovie up in Chicago and felt like I halfway decent job. He offered me the job to come down here with him, and of course, I accepted,” Spencer said. “I was out of work last year. I have been itching to get back in and feel very fortunate to be in a place that wants you and a place that is up and coming.”

Spencer, who played in the USFL before joining the NFL and retiring in 1990, talked about starter Doug Martin, and said that despite not having the fastest straight-line speed, the former Boise State star put together some impressive tape.

“Some guys, and he [Martin] is one of them, no matter what their top speed is, they get to that top speed quick,” Spencer said. “And that is what I like about Doug. I tell my players, when you break, don’t look back. Because chances are you are going to be faster than the cornerbacks. And they may catch you, but we aren’t going to worry about that.”

Spencer said while there are plenty of running backs who can carry a football effectively, he and the offensive coaching staff require more much than someone to just be a ballcarrier.

“I do think all of these guys, Doug, [Mike] James, [Bobby] Rainey all have excellent vision,” Spencer said. “I think that is all part of it – the body control and the vision – those are all components I look for. But along with that, you look for other things.

“I think as a running back, if they are a tough, run hard, get up field, then they're whole game should be like that. When I see him pass protect and run pass routes, because we are going to throw the ball, if that effort that he puts into running the ball is not the same as pass protecting then that is a big issue to me. Because your whole game should be strong. You have to be complete. You would like for your guys to be able to do it all. Obviously, there will guys who do some things better, but as a whole, you don’t want to get categorized, as, 'Hey this guy can only run this, or that guy can’t do this.'”

Spencer will inherit a group of backs who finished 22nd in the NFL last season, averaging 100.8 yards rushing per game. A year out of football has made Spencer appreciate the game even more and the things that Tampa Bay has to offer in terms of quality of life and talent on the field hasn’t been lost on the former Ohio State Buckeye, Chicago Blitz and San Diego Chargers running back.

“I think when I left Chicago it was minus-5 degrees or something, so I am very fortunate to be in Tampa,” Spencer said. “And we have a good solid group of runners that have been together. I like what I see. The cupboard is definitely not bare. I definitely have some things to work with.”

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    I wish we still had Josh Freeman on the roster.
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    I loved deAngelo's QB ratings...Glennon is about at the bottom of the pack...no real surprise. I am just afraid that we are going to stand pat this year with the QB we have now. Oh no, we suck again! Please get a new QB so that I can at least have hope before a game that we have a chance to win. I can't imagine I will with Glennon.
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    EastEndBoy; You make good points. Clowney also has some concerns about his will to play at 100 percent on every play. If he fell to spot 7, I would take him. I am just not comfortable in having to loose another pick to move up for him or any other player..
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    I hope with Dominik gone so are the days of dumpster diving!
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    EastEndBoy...You are 100% correct in keeping our 7th pick and get a playmaker rather then two mediocre players. Quality over Quantity is what we could use in this draft.
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    well I guess I'm a lone wolf here but I vehemently disagree with trading down from #7 overall. I understand that we have a lot of holes but to fill those holes with more mediocre mid-late round draft picks is not the answer. I would rather trade up and get 1 Clowney out of this draft, than trade down and get 7 Steven Means...or even 7 Jonathan Banks...IMO the best rosters in the league are filled with a few difference makers surrounded by a bunch of guys that fill-in...it would be nice to have all difference makers but unrealistic. Trading down gives us more fillers but misses out on the best chance to add a difference maker (we don't get a top-7 pick every year)...of course one can always try and find the next Sherman or Brady but those odds are astronomical and not much better than finding such a player in the undrafted pile (which we can do anyway)...this lone wolf would much rather trade up and grab Clowney and remove the doubt about whether we have improved something in the offseason....but I respect that my view is not the norm on this point.
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    EastEndBoy; You make good points. Clowney also has some concerns about his will to play at 100 percent on every play. If he fell to spot 7, I would take him. I am just not comfortable in having to loose another pick to move up for him or any QB too.
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    Scubog I never asked for Lorig to be replaced. You missed my whole point. I admire the blocking and pass catching ability of Lorig who needs to remain our starting FB, but he is not a threat carrying the ball. My point is they need to see if Pruitt cannot be the big back we need for short yardage situations. He has the size and the running ability and picked up 600 yards in one year for FSU. And if you think that Landri is a dime a dozen player, you may think so because of the low tackle stats for him because he was not used much, but I watched him play and he played the position with great strength and energy when he was in there and could push back the Offensive Linemen. Now if our new GM comes up with another player for less money who can play as well, then I am happy, but why waste at least a 4th round pick to get a player for that backup position, when he could have just kept Landri. Follow me now? And no, you have never heard me advocate making Tebo a player at any position other than QB, lol, though he could do so and play well, but his great intangibles are best used at QB. Scubog, I enjoy your posts, Buddy.
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    Owlykat: The DT who was released was Landri, a dime a dozen journeyman. Lorig is the fullback you so desperately want replaced by Pruit. Not sure if Pruit is the guy, but I'd like a FB, unlike Lorig, who poses at least some running/receiving threat. I got just the guy.......Tebo(w).
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    Tebow mania....the fans go wild for Tebow!!!!!!!!! He's absolutely freakin' amazing! The best college player in history and he led the Broncos to the playoffs, he can't be stopped, he takes teams on his back and wills them to win, they just didn't give him a fair chance...blah blah blah.....If the Bucs sign him, I might be tempted to change my handle!
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    Byner is not unemployed, IIRC he took the same position with the skins so now he gets to help mold alfred morris
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    Doc, For your information, Randy Jordan is RB coach at the Redskins. http://www.redskins.com/team/coaches.html
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    I agree with Georgehicks about the need for a big back (Schiano threw away two of them and both 1000 yard rushers!) but I am hopeful that DOM got us a replacement in the FSU FB, Pruitt, he picked up who ran for about 600 yards at FSU so he is not just a blocking FB. (Remember Alstott) We need the big back on the goal line and picking up short yardage! Hopefully, Pruitt will be able to do it! Speaking of DOM, he was on ESPN this afternoon and doing a great job and showing a wealth of knowledge. Instead we have a beginner at the GM job, who is just qualified for the Head of Scouting. He goofed letting Lorig, our backup DT go who we needed for depth. He better pick a QB at nr. 7!!! He will be learning on the job. The Glazers should have insisted on Byner being retained. There is likely a reason Spencer was out of coaching for a year. I am willing to see if he figures out Pruitt can also be used as a RB for our Big Back. Disappointed he didn't study the roster better! Our GM also needs to figure out where he will get an excellent MLB from, and Foster needs to start at SLB. Leonard needs to be our third down back. Our fastest back is never going to be a great blocking back--get over it, Spencer, and use multiple backs to keep fresh legs like Tedford wants. Schiano was the one who wanted to leave a complete back in there, and how did that work out? Doesn't work!!
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    I agree with Georgehicks about the need for a big back (Schiano threw away two of them and both 1000 yard rushers!) but I am hopeful that DOM got us a replacement in the FSU FB, Pruitt, he picked up who ran for about 600 yards at FSU so he is not just a blocking FB. (Remember Alstott) We need the big back on the goal line and picking up short yardage! Hopefully, Pruitt will be able to do it! Speaking of DOM, he was on ESPN this afternoon and doing a great job and showing a wealth of knowledge. Instead we have a beginner at the GM job, who is just qualified for the Head of Scouting. He goofed letting Lorig, our backup DT go who we needed for depth. He better pick a QB at nr. 7!!! He will be learning on the job. The Glazers should have insisted on Byner being retained. There is likely a reason Spencer was out of coaching for a year. I am willing to see if he figures out Pruitt can also be used as a RB for our Big Back. Disappointed he didn't study the roster better! Our GM also needs to figure out where he will get an excellent MLB from, and Foster needs to start at SLB.
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    I've been thinking about dropping down a few spots in the draft to acquire more picks. I think we have 2 chances 1) Giants are desperate for an OL upgrade 2) Titan's want to jump in front of the Vikings for a QB 3) Miami OL, I'm not sure we'd want to drop 12 spots though....
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    EastEndBoy, I liked Byner too, but strange that all the new coaches staffs are in place and Byner is still unemployed. The Bucs contracts run 2 years so he is not still being paid by the Bucs. Doubt that he's taking the year off. Interviewed with the Redskins but did not get that job. Strange that he has not caught on somewhere!
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    Mark: Interesting story, but challenging to the reader to read. Let's look at what you wrote: "New Bucs running back Tim Spencer, who replaces former the popular Earnest Byner, has some pretty big shoes to fill." Welcome Tim Spencer as a new running back? He's a Coach, right? "who replaces former the popular Earnest Byner?" We should have another Coach in there to make any sense of that writing. "I tell my players, when you break, don’t look back. Because chances are you are going to be faster than the cornerbacks. And they may catch you, but we aren’t going to worry about that.” None of us have seen a RB faster than a cornerback, seems like you dropped the "not going to be faster". Come on, Man. If you're going to do the work to research and write the article, then at the very least live up to your title and edit the damn thing, so it makes sense. Proof reading is not hard and even in sports, it is necessary!
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    dre8334, Google Chris Johnson AKA CJ2K RB for the Titans. There is no CB in the NFL that can run a 4.24 forty. In fact, No player has broken that time at a combine since CJ2k set the record. Your're right, CB's are generally faster than RBs, but there is one RB that can run away from them like they're standing still!
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    Horse, I tend to agree with you that we need more draft picks; however, we first need to see how well the Bucs do in free agency.
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    The more I think about it, the more I believe that we need more draft picks. Five draft picks just won't make it; we have to move down and pick up more picks.
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    I find it hard to believe thsi guy is going to do a better job than Byner....but the reality is that if we get good play from our QB and OL, it won't matter whether this guy is good bad or ugly as a RB coach....and if we get the same sort of play we got last year from the QB and OL...it also won't matter how he coaches....our backs are good enough but only with help from the rest of the offense...maybe I should have mentioned Tedford too since last year's debacle had a lot to do with play calling....
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    Well I wouldnot be so surprise that Tampa add a power back to roster
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    I like this staff that Lovie has put together. If we only had an above average QB we would be fine. Licht and Lovie have their work cut out for them but I think they will be up to the task. Haven't been this excited about a season in quite a while, hope they don't disappoint me. Hope we can go 7-9 this year with all the changes and holes on this team. Look for big things in 2015!
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