Vincent Jackson was on a local radio show in Denver and talked about his time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jackson played college football at the University of Northern Colorado if you’re looking for the connection to that area. Jackson felt underpaid and under appreciated in San Diego, and he held out and essentially forced his way out. But now, coming off a Pro Bowl season in Tampa Bay, he seems happy.
“It’s been a great year here, man. I honestly couldn’t be more excited about joining this organization,” Jackson said, via Sports Radio Interviews. “There’s a lot of good, young talent here and bringing in a new coaching staff here with Greg Schiano and the staff that he was bringing with him. He’s just a guy who runs his ship the right way. I couldn’t be more impressed with Mark Dominik, our GM, the Glazer family and the owners down here. It’s really a top-notch organization down here. Tampa is a sports town. We have the Rays. We got the Tampa Bay Lightning and, of course, a pretty big Bucs following, so it’s a fun place to play.”
His praise didn’t end there, he gushed over head coach Greg Schiano.
“That’s the thing everybody is worried about. People say well he’s a college coach and is he going to be able to come to the professional level with grown men? But he’s had quite a bit of experience in the NFL as an assistant and just working under some other coaches for years — guys like Bill Belichick and he spent some time in Chicago with the Bears. He had the background and the biggest thing I took away from that first year was the fact that he was still willing to learn. As much as he had a reputation for being a tough guy and being very stringent on his schedule, which I think is a matter of efficiency, he really does a good job of talking to his players — especially the veteran guys. And he’d like to know what is going on in the locker room and he’d like to know what’s working and what’s not working and what guys think things should be done different, and it makes sense. If the guys working for you are happy and you are doing things that work for them then obviously they are going to play harder for you.”