REAR ENTRIES: One Out, One In
September 25, 2012 at 11:48pm by Scott • 4 Comments »
I’ll probably be busy most of tomorrow, so here’s as much stuff as I can cram into this entry before I pass out while huffing this ether.
CLAYBORN ON IR: It’s old news now, but Adrian Clayborn is on injured reserve now with a knee injury. Defensive linemen drafted by the Bucs in the future should just go ahead and buy their crutches before getting to the rookie minicamp. They’ll need them sooner or later.
“Certainly it’s unfortunate for him and the team,” Schiano said. “I don’t know exactly what (the injury) is. It’s one of those three-letter deals.”
Yeah, Schiano is very concerned about looking like the smartest guy in the room.
BOWERS ON THE MEND: The good news on the defensive line is that Da’Quan Bowers is on the mend and is eligible to come off the PUP after week six. Bowers said himself that he has about four weeks to go before he’s ready to play after his Achille’s injury, so that should sync up well with his eligibility. In the meantime, to compensate for Clayborn, the Bucs may use more three-man fronts with rushing linebackers, which have always worked so well in the past. Now THAT’S sarcasm.
Have the Bucs thought about just putting any guy in there at defensive end and letting him stab his blocker? Like, with a knife or an icepick? That’ll slow down these d-line injuries. Plus these replacement officials have shown they’ll let anything slide. If the guy does it right, he might even draw a holding call.
SHIPLEY SHIPPED OUT: Jordan Shipley said he feels terrible about his muffed punt on Sunday.
“I just didn’t follow it all the way in,” Shipley said Monday. “It’s something I’ve ever really had a problem with, so I feel terrible about it. There’s nothing I can really do about it but learn from it and move on.”
And move on he did, because the Bucs waived him today. If no team picks him up, he’ll be an unrestricted free agent. But who wouldn’t want that kind of performance on their team? It’s not everyone that can almost catch a football with their thighs.
PARRISH SIGNED: To replace Shipley, the Bucs signed Roscoe Parrish (whose name I will never be able to say without thinking Roscoe P. Coltrane), a player who, unlike Shipley, has extensive punt returning experience.
Parrish has played seven NFL seasons, all for the Bills, and has big-play ability as a return man. Parrish’s average of 12.0 yards per punt return ranks him seventh in NFL history among players with at least 75 returns.
He can also play receiver, but that’s probably not going to come up much.
JUST LET THEM PLAY: Evidently, the coaches tried to change up the successful plan the defensive line used against Carolina for the game at New York and started using a lot of stunting and twisting. That didn’t work out so well since Eli Manning had enough time to finish his novel while he was sitting in the pocket. So Gerald McCoy went to Bill Sheridan and respectfully requested that they go back to the old plan of doing the thing that works.
“We’re allowed to go up there and make requests or talk to them about things,” McCoy said of the coaches. “And me, being a captain and defensive lineman, I just went to Coach and made a few requests, sat down and talked about a few things. We discussed what we discussed, and he set up a game plan, and it worked for us.”
Of course, if a guy who is twice your weight and size and whose job it is to become as strong as humanly possible comes into your office and makes a request, it’s probably a good idea to grant it. “Coach, we’d like to go back to the old way of rushing. And we want our jersey numbers bedazzled with diamonds.” Done and done!