Tampa Bay Buccaneers Will Find out That Rangers Lead the Way!

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IFebruary 11, 2012

Guess who Mike Sullivan coached with the Giants?
Guess who Mike Sullivan coached with the Giants?

Here's all you need to know about new Buccaneer offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan:

Sullivan, quarterbacks coach for the Super Bowl champion New York Giants the past eight years, is a former U.S. Army Ranger.

For those unfamiliar, let me brief you.

I had the privilege as a younger man of training with the U.S. Army Rangers for three days about 10 years ago up at Camp Rudder in the panhandle of Florida. It's where hopefuls go through the "swamp" portion of Ranger training, which is really a tryout, not too many survive the extensive training to become members of the elite unit and earn the Ranger "tab."

My neighbor is a former Army Special Forces operator, and the majority of those ultra-elite warriors come from the Ranger regiments.

On his vehicle, he has two bumper stickers:

"Rangers Lead The Way" and "If Terrorism is a Disease, Rangers Are the Cure!"

This Tampa Bay Buccaneer offense has been diseased for 2011, and Sullivan has the credentials to be the cure. After handling Eli Manning, Sullivan will no doubt try and relate his work ethic to Josh Freeman, who needs discipline and increased work ethic if he's going to come anywhere close to his potential.

He'll have former Buc coach Jimmy Raye Jr. on his staff, which is a good thing. Raye has great experience but hasn't been effective as a coordinator, but still brings a lot of knowledge.

But back to Sullivan, a West Point graduate and a former Army football player, a gritty defensive back.

Consider this from General George C. Marshall, who made this request to his staff during a critical point in World War II:

"I want an officer for a secret and dangerous mission. I want a West Point football player."

Need we say more?