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OTAs To Start OT-Today

May 15, 2012 at 10:18am by Scott   •  7 Comments »

Usually I don’t like these articles where the author tells you what to look for during some organized team thing since they generally just repeat things we already know and are essentially useless, but this one is pretty good. First, it says the Bucs get to start their 13 OTA days a week earlier than other teams that didn’t change head coaches, and that kicks off today. Greg Schiano isn’t wasting any time. And the things the articles says to keep an eye on are pretty good, with one of them being especially interesting.

The secondary appears to be undergoing drastic changes, including possibly moving five-time Pro Bowl cornerback Ronde Barber to safety.

Apparently Ronde is still a consideration at safety even with the drafting of Mark Barron, so Cody Grimm is going to have to prove he’s better than Ronde if he wants to see serious playing time. That’s going to be a fun one to watch. I’m also going to be interested to see how LeGarrette Blount responds to Doug Martin. Will Blount use his presence as motivation and turn in his best practices ever? Or will he just get pissed off and let his emotions get the best of him?

Oh, and in case you gave a shit, Connor Barth is back on his way to Tampa, so presumably Barth and the Bucs have agreed to a long-term deal since Barth wasn’t going to sign the franchise tender until at least training camp and probably later than that. I’ll be glad to have him back and all, but a kicker holding out is kind of like a five-year old holding his breath to get what he wants. You have to breathe eventually because you’re not going to kill yourself over this bullshit that got you all mad in the first place, so do what you have to do and let me know when you’re done with your tantrum. Parent of the year!

7 Comments to “OTAs To Start OT-Today”


jampersands (May 15, 2012 at 03:21pm:

Barth won his job in a training camp competition against…Todd France? I don’t remember who it was, which only strengthens the argument that Connor Barth has no bargaining power.


jampersands (May 15, 2012 at 03:23pm:

Just checked, it was to replace Mike Nugent. Never understood why Nugent couldn’t get it right in Tampa.


Stanglassman (May 15, 2012 at 03:42pm:

Please explain why the player who scores the most points for your team and decides the outcome on 2-3 games a year on average is like a child having a tantrum? You don’t have to go back to Bill Capece in Bucs history to know it’s importance. Just think back to when Matt Bryant lost his consistency. There is nothing more deflating to a team than to have a long drive end with no points. I never understood why people like to belittle kickers when having a good one is so important.


Meatmaster (May 15, 2012 at 03:58pm:

Fuck kickers.


manbearpig (May 15, 2012 at 04:04pm:

Barth was pretty clutch. I’m glad they got him inked. I hope he grows the ol muff duster again.


Scott (May 15, 2012 at 04:12pm:

If you go back and look at my entries about kickers, I’m pretty supportive of them. And I called for Barth to be the team MVP of 2011. But a franchised kicker has no options. No team is giving up two first round picks for one, so he’s not going to get poached. And his team doesn’t care if he doesn’t show up to OTAs because it’s not like he needs to put in huge hours in the film room or anything. They’re locked in for the year because they really have no leverage. Barth did it right. He worked out a long term deal (I assume) and now he’s back in May. Perfect.

Plus it’s just fun to make fun of kickers. Don’t take it so seriously.


BaldBuc4055 (May 15, 2012 at 11:56pm:


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