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Price’s 65% > Okam’s 100%?

September 16, 2011 at 09:38am by Scott   •  6 Comments »

In Tampa they don't say 'You couldn't hit the broad side of a barn.' They say 'You couldn't hit Frank Okam.'
According to Raheem Morris, Brian Price has earned the starting nose tackle job for this week’s game against the Vikings.

“Brian Price looked good (in practice today)” Morris said. “He will get his first NFL start this week. He did a nice job last week and really played well. He will get the chance to get out there and get some more snaps in.”

And according to Price himself, he’s barely better than halfway healthy.

Price, who spent the entire offseason rehabbing from a surgical procedure to reattach his hamstrings to his pelvis, revealed Thursday he is “nowhere near” 100 percent healthy.

“I’m probably more like 60 or 65 percent,” said Price, who has nonetheless leap-frogged Roy Miller into the top spot on the Bucs’ depth chart at nose tackle. “I’m still playing in a lot of pain, so right now it’s just a grind.”

They’re still going to use a rotation so it’s not like Frank Okam and Miller aren’t going to see the field, but the starting designation does have a certain distinction. If it didn’t, no one would make a big deal about it. And Price starting over those other two guys tells me that Morris thinks Price’s “60 or 65 percent” is at least as good as Okam’s and Miller’s 100%, if not a little better. And that seems nuts.

I thought Okam looked really good in the preseason, certainly the best guy they put in at nose. And he totally healthy. Price is playing in constant pain after having his hamstrings attached to his pelvis with a nail gun. But we’re saying that they’re playing at roughly the same level? REALLY? I mean, I know that TFL last week was really cool. But remember Price’s first week of training camp last year and how he was just destroying everyone he lined up against? Then after a week he was pretty much spent and wound up hurting himself. This just seems like a dangerous line they’re walking. I mean, I’m no doctor, but neither is Raheem.

“He is almost at that point we talked about a couple months ago when I said he had a couple more weeks to go.”

So you’ll forgive me if I don’t put a lot of faith in your prognosis. Raheem reminds me of that doctor in the alley behind Wal-Mart that was giving free prostate exams. What an uncomfortable hour that was.

6 Comments to “Price’s 65% > Okam’s 100%?”

bassoon75

bassoon75 (September 16, 2011 at 09:50am:

I can’t believe that Rah is doing this. With Price’s history of injuries and the fact that he went through a surgery nobody has even heard of, extreme caution should be used. Price HIMSELF said he is barely over 50%. Why take a chance? You invested a high draft pick and significant money on him. In addition, he has showed what a dominant force he can be, but only when he is COMPLETELY HEALTHY. Okam played great in the preseason and is a space-eater. Something that might come in handy when facing the best running back in the NFL. I know the Bucs will use a rotation, and that the other guys have played well. I just say save it until Price is 100%.

"Chief"

"Chief" (September 16, 2011 at 10:38am:

I agree with Rah. Okam is our best backup Under Tackle actually-

worker b

worker b (September 16, 2011 at 11:27am:

Maybe they figure his hamstrings won’t tighten up on the sideline if he gets more snaps? That’s all I can figure.

mcLovin

mcLovin (September 16, 2011 at 12:35pm:

I don’t know if this is that big a deal. I am all for saving him because I don’t want to ruin him either, but as long as he doesn’t over due it. Just because he gets the start doesn’t mean he will play so many extra snaps, I’m sure if he shouldn’t play at all then he wouldn’t. Wasn’t this a pelvis injury that required removing the hamstrings to make the repair? I think his hammies are fine.

JackieMoon

JackieMoon (September 16, 2011 at 12:59pm:

That picture keeps making me thing of Deuce Bigalow… That’s a huge bitch!

xljohnr316

xljohnr316 (September 17, 2011 at 12:01am:

This seems to fit Raheem’s player friendly coaching style. Give Price the “starter” job title as a reward for all the hard work he’s put in, then just play him the rest of the game as he normally would, sharing snaps with the other two NTs.

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