Sometimes a fresh start is all a player needs. Vincent Jackson got his last year when he signed a five-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After spending the first seven years of his career with the San Diego Chargers, Jackson inked a lucrative deal to take his talents to Tampa.
Jackson had a career-season in 2012, racking up over 1,300 yards and eight touchdowns, while being voted to his third Pro Bowl. Some people thought the Bucs were crazy to pay Jackson $55 million, but he proved the doubters wrong, and now Tampa clearly has a No. 1 wide out.
The star receiver is very happy with his career move, and he recently expressed his love for the Bucs organization.
“It’s been a great year here, man. I honestly couldn’t be more excited about joining this organization. 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.”
While some doubt that Schiano can be successful at the pro level, Jackson is not one of them, and he apparently has nothing but respect and admiration for his coach. Schiano has reputation of being strict, but Jackson says that everyone has bought in so far, and that the open communication in the locker room is another thing he loves about Tampa.
Now, after one season of the rebranded Bucs in the books, it’s time for Jackson and the rest of the team to take it to the next level. If the organization can bring in some help at wide receiver, Jackson could even get better in 2013. It sounds like the team is still somewhat in the ‘honeymoon’ phase with Schiano at the helm, but the good times can continue if they improve. For now, Jackson is happy, and that’s the way the Bucs need their best receiver stay. We all know, that winning will accomplish that.
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