Two More Buccaneer Pro Bowlers
January 21, 2013 at 01:31am by Scott • 2 Comments »
We knew either Vincent Jackson or Doug Martin was going to get in the Pro Bowl because of the way the NFC title game lined up. But as luck would have it, Calvin Johnson opted out of the Pro Bowl (because, as you know, Detroit has had too much for too long) which pushed Jackson in. And San Francisco just won the NFC Championship Game, meaning Frank Gore can’t fulfill his undeserved Pro Bowl duties and Martin gets in. So three Buccaneers will be in the Pro Bowl, which sounds about right. Not to take anything away from Gerald McCoy, but seemed weird that a member of the defensive line that generated only 27 sacks for the season made it but the record-setting offense had no representatives. This is good, though. Lavonte David would be better, but this is good.
Speaking of Jackson, he has been talking up the Bucs to anyone who will listen, hoping to lure some more quality free agents to Tampa to help get them over the playoff hump.
“I would tell [free agents] it’s a top-notch organization; it’s a top-notch structure,” Jackson said. “We have a great coaching staff here. They’ve built a system and a feeling of family and continuity, not only with the team itself, but I think they’ve done a great job in the community as well.”
Of course, this is a Florio article, so he has to have some negative bullshit in there as well.
As losses mounted late in the year, there was grumbling about “college coaches,” an understandable reaction when considering that not every player will react well to change — especially when change leads eventually to a prolonged losing streak.
An unnamed player said something negative about the team during a losing streak a month ago, so we better bring it up again to make sure everyone knows we hate the Bucs. Why oh why hasn’t Florio fallen into an abandoned West Virginia coal mine shaft yet?
Anyway, it’s good to see Jackson carrying the Buccaneer flag and being a positive representative for the team. You can argue that it’s because he got paid what he wanted, but the word around the team is that Jackson is a selfless leader who really enjoys coming to work. As we know from recent examples (Albert Haynesworth), just because you get paid a shitload of money doesn’t mean you’re going to represent your team well.
Congratulations to Jackson and Martin. Enjoy Hawaii. I hear it’s pretty cool. And for the love of God, at least LOOK like you’re putting in effort during the game.