Bucs offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan on Ware, Blount and comparisons to the Giants offense
Offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan met with reporters today after the Bucs were chased from the practice field here at One Buc Place by an afternoon thunderstorm.
During our chat, Sullivan touched on a number of topics, including the addition of D.J. Ware, the expected role of LeGarrette Blount and perceptions about the similarity of his offense to that of the Giants, his former employer.
Regarding the addition of former Giants running back D.J. Ware, signed to a contract on Saturday, Sullivan said:
“With D.J., there’s some similarities and there’s some big difference with what we’re going to do and what the Giants have done. Right now, we’re trying to get him acclimated and to learn the various schemes that apply to us. I’m pleased with where he’s at.
“Right now we’re trying to get all our (backs) ready. He’s hitting the ground running. I certainly have a comfort level being with him all those years in New York in pressure situations – third down, two-minute, etc.”
Asked about the role of running back LeGarrette Blount, who will play behind rookie Doug Martin, Sullivan said:
“LeGarrette adds a dimension with his running style and his size as a complementary back. We’re very excited about where we are right now with Doug and the things he’s done. In this league, it’s very hard for one back to carry the entire load and I think you’ll witness that around the league. We’re just trying make sure we have a fresh set of legs that’s ready to run behind a very physical offensive line.”
Finally, Sullivan addressed the similarities between the Bucs’ new scheme and the Giants’, suggesting that while there are some parallels, there also will be big differences.
“We certainly have some carryover as you would expect. (But) we have to feature what our players can do. And there’s a resolve and an intent from our head coach to run the football. I’m certainly attuned with that and very much believe in that as well. Ultimately, it’s about trying to put those guys in the right spot. To say it’s a carbon copy... there’s similarities in all offenses. The cliché is that it’s a copycat league. But we’re going to put our own fingerprint on things.”