The Buccaneers have won two games and played well in others but one new arrival isn’t having a great time, yet.
Veteran tight end Dallas Clark is frustrated, and coach Greg Schiano knows it.
“I want to get Dallas [Clark] more involved, myself. But you know what, when things are there you take them,” Schiano told WDAE radio in Tampa on Monday, via JoeBucsFan.com. “And I think what’s going to happen here soon, there’s going to be a lot more over-the-top coverage, which is what’s natural to happen when guys are making plays down the field. That opens up the middle of the defense.”
Clark has only nine catches in five games, for only 81 yards. It’s a far cry from the kind of numbers that Clark generated during his time with the Colts.
“I know he’s frustrated,” Schiano said regarding Clark. “Heck, he’s been such a productive player for so long. But you wouldn’t be able to tell it by the way he’s acting on the sideline, and in the practice and in the meeting rooms. Certainly, I’m hoping we can get him the ball and he can feel personal satisfaction as well as team satisfaction. But he knows how much he means to this team and how he’s playing a big, big part. It’ll happen. It always does. It goes in cycles.”
The cycle has yet to swing in Clark’s favor. And it’s hard not to wonder whether he finds it hard not to wonder whether things would have been different if he’d followed Peyton Manning to Denver.