REAR ENTRIES: Voices In My Head
August 15, 2011 at 11:49am by Scott • 7 Comments »
BLACK’S MAGIC HELMET: Barrett Ruud was the man to wear the green dot on defense last season, but with Mason Foster as the team’s choice to replace him, Raheem Morris went with Quincy Black as the defensive player to receive instructions from the sideline through his helmet.
Black called the plays in the huddle during Friday’s 25-0 preseason win at Kansas City. But while Black was the only player to speak in the defensive huddle, he said Foster was responsible for adjusting the formations and checking to another defense.
Black is comfortable with the responsibility and it makes sense since he will be on the field in nickel packages while Foster comes out. But for some reason, the only image I can come up with in my head is of opera Elmer Fudd.
GOOD CLAYBORN ARTICLE: Rick Stroud put together a nice article on Adrian Clayborn‘s childhood and motivation. Here’s my favorite quote, from Donald Penn via Morris.
“Penn asked me the other day, ‘Which one of those arms don’t work again?’ ” Morris said. “He said, ‘He just punched me with both of them and they both hurt.'”
I didn’t realize Clayborn lost his brother to street violence? Didn’t Brian Price lose a couple brothers the same way? What a horrible bond for those guys to have. There’s some serious emotional stuff going on on that defensive line.
MOORE KNOWS WHAT YOU’RE THINKING: Kyle Moore is aware of your criticisms.
“I’m here for sacks, and I don’t have many of them,” Moore said.
Any. Preseason doesn’t count. You don’t have any.
“If I can’t get that, then I really haven’t accomplished anything until I get back there a bunch of times.
“I’m on a mission right now.”
It’s nice to know he’s motivated, but when your team spends their first two draft picks on your position, it’s time to worry. The good news is, though, that they allowed Greg White to walk away in free agency and held onto Moore. The coaches still see something in him.
“He’s healthy for the first time being here,” Bucs coach Raheem Morris said. “He went out and executed the game plan that his coaches gave him. He made some great inside moves, some great outside moves.
“He rushed inside, he rushed outside. He was on it. He played fast, he played smart and exactly how coaches wanted him to.”
Two sacks is nothing to sneeze at, but he has looked good in preseasons before only to get lost during real games. There’s some decent depth on the line now and a few guys who are guaranteed jobs, so Moore is in the middle of a numbers game that needs to be settled on the field.