As coaches, we've all become accustomed to 70 and 80 hour work weeks (and often more) to prepare for a game on Saturday, but we also understand that doesn't stop the criticism from flowing freely when your unit or position isn't producing as well as they should.
It's part of the job.
Enter Tampa Bay Bucs defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan, whose defense is underperforming according to nearly every analyst that covers the team, especially considering that they have one of the league's cover corners in Darrelle Revis.
The Bucs rank in the bottom half of the league in passing yards given up (26th), average yards per pass play (19th), and passing touchdowns given up (19th).
The open criticism of his defense (especially how they utilize Revis in pass coverage) prompted Sheridan to extend an invite to all his critics; Come in and put in the hours him and his staff do watching film...he'll even supply the beverages.
“What I want to invite them to do is join us. I get here about 5:20 every single morning, and they’re more than welcome to hang around here until about 11:00 p.m. for the first four nights of the week and they can help us put the whole game plan together.” he told the Bucs Insider.
“We’ve got all the free cokes you want in the building and we’ll be happy to take those suggestions on how we can better use Darrelle. Trust me when I tell you we painstakingly game plan how best to use all of our personnel not just Darrelle.”
It's exactly what we've all thought at one point or another in our coaching careers (minus the provided beverages part probably).
No word yet on how many people were sitting outside the facility this morning with their lunch packed, ready to put in some long hours in a dark room living the life of an NFL coach for a day, but something tells me Sheridan didn't have to fight through a crowd to get to his office.
The Bucs will take on the Falcons in Atlanta on Sunday at 1 (FOX).