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April 17, 2012 at 11:20am by Scott   •  8 Comments »

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RUUD REVIEW: Now that Barrett Ruud has moved to his third team in three years, Pat Yasinskas is ready to declare that Mark Dominik was right to let him walk away.

But it’s now looking like the Bucs clearly made the right decision on Ruud, who was solid with the Bucs, but never made a lot of big plays. He’ll turn 29 in May and it appears he’s on the downside of his career. Ruud is playing for the veteran minimum in Seattle.

From a dollars and salary cap angle, yes, it seems that Ruud thought he was worth more than anyone was willing to pay for him. But I don’t think anyone can argue that the Bucs were better off with Mason Foster in the middle than Ruud. It wouldn’t have saved the season, but maybe the rushing defense wouldn’t have been so pathetic. And Dominik took that money and gave it to Quincy Black anyway, so it’s not like it was put to good use or anything. They’d have been better off spending a few hundred dollars on ghost masks and trying to scare runners into falling down.

And yes, half the reason I posted this was for Meagan.
CHEERLEADERS ARE SMART: We talked last week about the whole cheerleader situation (and the Bucs evidently removed that video, so everyone be sure to thank them) and how some of our favorites are no longer on the team. Although I wouldn’t consider her a favorite, Sarah Nelson was a hot and bubbly and everything you want in a cheerleader. But she couldn’t commit the time to the team this year because she’s graduating graduate school and getting a job as family nurse practitioner specializing in high-risk pregnancies. Or, I should say, she specializes in treating women with high-risk pregnancies. The other way I said it would be very sad.

Belonging to the International Honor Society of Nurses and Sigma Beta Tau and boasting a 4.0 grade point average, Nelson has defined her life by more than cheerleading. She said her last B came as a freshman at the University of Florida.

And that B was because she refused to smoke weed in class, a requirement of UF freshmen. So good luck to Sarah and her new career. You are already sorely missed by Bucs fans.

HEAD COACH MIKE ALSTOTT: It’s not all that unusual for a former NFL player to take over a high school team as the head coach. A lot of them do it as the first step to a more lucrative career in coaching. But Mike Alstott taking over as head coach of Northside Christian School in St. Pete sounds like a football guy who really misses football and wants to help out some kids.

“I miss the game,” he said Wednesday after being introduced to a wildly enthusiastic crowd that included several hundred students, faculty and staff at the private school in Pinellas County.

The hugely popular former running back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers accepted his first head coaching job Tuesday at a school with about 600 total students in grades K-12, including 260 in the high school.

“This just feels right,” he said about taking the position after about 10 days of talks with school officials. “They made me feel at home.”

This is not the football team you coach if you want to get noticed as a coach. This school has gone 14-27 in the last four years and doesn’t produce a bunch of Division 1 scholarships. We always knew Alstott loved the game; we could see it every week. It’s cool he’s able to get back on the field with the game he loves so much, even if he’s got a whistle around his neck this time.

8 Comments to “REAR ENTRIES: Former Bucs”

worker b

worker b (April 17, 2012 at 02:10pm:

Ruud sucked but I wish they would have signed him back this year. They had the worst group of linebackers and safeties in the NFL last year and they’ve done nothing but gotten worse in the off-season.


jarldg (April 17, 2012 at 04:35pm:

Saying Ruud sucked is inaccurate. While with Tampa he was one of the most prolific tacklers in the league, demonstrated great form, and covered very well. Fans didn’t get a probowl middle linebacker and criticized him by saying he was dragged four yards downfield for every tackle. Let’s say that’s remotely true, the same fans would have much rather experienced that on Sundays than the egregious amount of missed tackles which occurred in his absence.


BaldBuc4055 (April 17, 2012 at 08:40pm:

10-6 with Ruud or 4-12 without him? I’d take Ruud back in a heartbeat if it was possible.


FireThemCannons (April 17, 2012 at 10:58pm:

Can we just get Ruud’s long mullet and ’70s stache back? it just fit so well with Freeman’s jerry curl and Blount’s Afro…especially on throwback night….also, Ruud was awesome so worker B you can suck it


LostInSeattle (April 17, 2012 at 11:44pm:

I think Ruud did a good job, but he was overshadowed by people remembering Derrick Brooks, Shelton Quarles and other great linebackers that we had over the years. The bar was set pretty high by the people who preceded him, and for the most part I think he was a good LB.


FireThemCannons (April 18, 2012 at 11:39am:

Shelton Quarles?????? overshadowed by Shelton Quarles????? no big negative


jarldg (April 18, 2012 at 12:12pm:

Quarles was a good cover guy and a good tackler. He made the probowl during their Super Bowl campaign, for what that’s worth.

worker b

worker b (April 18, 2012 at 03:36pm:

I guess I used a little too much hyperbole in my description of Ruud’s suckage, but of course I was saying I wished the Bucs had him back and it sounds like the Ruud slurpers agree.

Ruud sure got trampled on a lot for a middle linebacker, but at least he always seemed to be in the correct time zone. Linebackers were running away from ball carriers last year.

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