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Don’t Let The Door Hit You On The Way Out

November 01, 2012 at 04:57pm by Scott   •  10 Comments »

At the 11th hour of the trade deadline, the Bucs traded Aqib Talib to New England. Talib was a troubled player who is one Adderall pill away from a year-long suspension, so even though we don’t know what the Patriots gave up to get him, I’m going to guess it was somewhere between a donkey and a seventh-round pick. Maybe two donkeys.

But seriously, good. The Bucs’ secondary is a weak spot right now (which is strange to say since the Bucs started with season with about 50 DBs) and Talib was having a pretty strong season up until his suspension. But Talib was a loose cannon in a couple different ways and character counts for something. If Greg Schiano was going to have any credibility that his “Buc way” included discipline accountability, he couldn’t have a guy like Talib around. I was surprised when he said they’d welcome Talib back after his suspension, and it turns out that wasn’t the case. This is the year to do it and start getting young players like Leonard Johnson a ton of reps so he can take over next year when expectations are higher. I think this is a great move.

(No time to add a banner pic just right now — I’ll do it later tonight.)

Eric Wright Probably Suspended Soon

October 31, 2012 at 12:53am by Scott   •  3 Comments »

Umm, if that ball is still on its way to the receiver, I'm going to go ahead and say Wright's dry hump move is a penalty.
Word came out on Sunday that Eric Wright possibly tested positive for Adderall and if so will be suspended once all the formalities are worked out and he stops twitching uncontrollably. I say “possibly” because no one really knows and no one ever will know because that’s the rules of the PED policy. For now, he was seen riding a stationary bike on the practice field on Monday, which means he hasn’t been suspended yet. And Greg Schiano hasn’t been a book of knowledge on the subject either.

“I really can’t discuss it and neither can Eric,” Schiano said at the start of his news conference Monday. “I’m not trying to be evasive at all, but that’s what comes down from the league and that’s where I’m going to be.

“You saw he was on the bike. He has an Achilles (injury) coming out of the game that is a little bit of a concern. Didn’t know about it after the game, really didn’t know about it until recently. But I think the injury, he’ll be okay, but I can’t predict.”

Presumably Wright would be allowed to practice if he was healthy even with the suspension looming. Schiano has already said he would welcome back Aqib Talib after his Adderall suspension and that guy’s a mess. Wright, by comparison, doesn’t get all punchy when you do things like look at him funny or drive him places. So it looks like Wright will likely be out on Sunday for one reason or another. And that leaves the starting cornerbacks as E.J. Biggers and Myron Lewis with Leonard Johnson in nickel. Individually, I don’t mind having any of them on the field. But together with no superiorly talented player to lean on, it’s a little spooky. Biggers has flashed hot and cold, most recently cold. Johnson had a nice game last week but is woefully inexperienced. And Lewis has never proven he can be a consistent player. And I was concerned about the secondary before this.

What the fuck is up with Adderall anyway? I understand it’s supposed to allow you to maintain focus and also has some physical benefits, but so do a lot of other drugs on the banned substance list and everyone seems to be staying away from most of those. Its name is written very clearly on page 18, and not in some weird foreign language. But for some reason, guys seem to think they can get away with this particular banned drug. I know for a fact that One Buc has a coffee machine. Use it. Get more sleep at night, wake up earlier and do your cardio before team meetings, whatever. This just seems like the dumbest thing to get in trouble for.

Talking Talib

October 17, 2012 at 01:26pm by Scott   •  4 Comments »

Talib points to shiny objects prior to taking his Adderall.
I guess since it’s been a few days, it’s time to discuss Aqib Talib‘s four-game suspension.

So this time his problem isn’t anger-related, it’s Adderall. Adderall is on the banned substance list because it is essentially speed. Talib claims to have taken one Adderall pill for his ADHD (a diagnosis I believe) before training camp and that was what got him in trouble. Of course, he can say anything he wants because test results of players being disciplined under the PED policy are confidential. He could have been injecting mutated horse DNA directly into his thighs and we’d never know. In recent years, players would blame meal supplements with banned substances in them that weren’t on the list of ingredients. This year it’s Adderall (which to me is dumber because you can’t blame ignorance — the banned substance list isn’t secret). So whatever the reason, Talib broke the rules and has to sit out for four games.

To be honest with you, I don’t think a lot about Talib. I’ve kind of written him off the team in my mind. I won’t stop being a fan of the team if he’s still on it, but I won’t expect anything from him, either. I thought he should have been cut after the pistol-whipping incident. Yes, I know all charges were dropped and Talib was cleared of any wrongdoing. But the dude is a magnet for trouble, and if he’s not creating it himself (which he mostly does), he is hanging around people who create it for him. Either way, he becomes an embarrassment to the team who has to apologize for his bullshit pretty much annually at this point. Greg Schiano says he will welcome Talib back after his suspension and to trust him that he knows what is best for the organization. And of course Schiano is there every day and I’m here in ripped underwear in front of my computer (don’t ask), so yes, he knows more than I do about what the Bucs need. But I do know the Bucs played one of their best defensive games without him last Sunday. And I know no other player comes close to having Talib’s history of trouble (I know several of them do have rap sheets, but none of them are as long as Talib’s). So… what’s the real benefit for continuing to put the team in the awkward position of defending Talib over and over again?

Eric Wright Arrested

July 03, 2012 at 12:53pm by Scott   •  4 Comments »

Wright Arrest 1

So only a week after the Stephen Holder writes a story about how the Bucs are staying out of trouble, rumored free agent acquisition Eric Wright gets arrested in Los Angeles for felony DUI. I would like to take this moment to ask Mr. Holder to please write a story about strippers not visiting homes in north Atlanta and giving free forth of July lap dances in their garages.

Wright told police he had been drinking at a friend’s house near Hollywood, and refused a Breathalyzer or field sobriety test.

So he refused the tests that would prove that he was drinking and then went ahead and admitted he was drinking. You know who does something like that? A drunk.

The arrest adds another episode to Wright’s rocky start with the Bucs. He missed most of the team’s offseason workouts and minicamps with a non-football related illness.

That non-football related illness was recently revealed to be “hung over”.

This was not the first time Wright has faced legal problems. While attending USC and before transferring to UNLV in 2005, Wright was arrested on suspicion of rape, the Los Angeles Times reported. Though police said they found 136 Ecstasy pills in Wright’s apartment, Los Angeles County prosecutors did not file charges, citing insufficient evidence.

But… isn’t Ecstasy illegal? Was he not prosecuted for having them, or is Wright enough of a celebrity that he falls under LA’s immunity statutes for famous people? (see Lohan, Lindsay)

Charges were recently dropped against Aqib Talib for assault or discharging a firearm or whatever it was, and even though I think he probably did something illegal there (though no one would have blamed him), I jumped the gun that time thinking he was guilty before all the facts came out. But the arresting officer in Wright’s case will have video tape from his cruiser along with eyewitnesses and, you know, Wright’s admission. So this seems a little more cut and dried. Someone freeze E.J. Biggers in carbonate until camp. If something happens to him, the Bucs are going to have to use Roombas in nickel coverage.

Talib In the Clear

June 19, 2012 at 04:54pm by Scott   •  5 Comments »

Talib is now free to punch the next person that pisses him off.
According to Aqib Talib‘s attorney, the charges for assault with a deadly weapon have been dropped and Talib is off the hook as far as his legal issues go.

“I guess the district attorney, in preparing for trial, had a chance to evaluate the case,” Talib’s attorney told the Times Monday. “The bottom line is that the complainant is sitting in jail as a repeat child molester and has prior cases of the same nature.”

So it’s not that Talib didn’t do anything, it’s just that his accuser is such a piece of shit that no one cares if he got pistol-whipped. That’s an interesting strategy from his attorney. Because since the charges have been dropped, he could have said anything he wanted about the situation whether it was true or not. “My client was tending to a basket of newborn kittens when the alleged assault took place!” I wonder why he chose to emphasize the fact that his accuser was a child molester and not that Talib was wrongfully accused.

Maybe Talib doesn’t mind having a reputation of beating the hell out of child molesters. Or maybe part of the deal was that Talib not proclaim his outright innocence since that would lead to questions about why he isn’t suing the Dallas PD for wrongful arrest. Or maybe I’m putting too much thought into it and should just shut my mouth. He’s the best corner on the team and he’ll very likely be around for the whole season. I’m not going to punch a gift horse in the mouth.

2012 Minicamp Wrap-Up

June 15, 2012 at 12:11pm by Scott   •  1 Comment »

Great, now Mossis Madu has even more competition.
Minicamp wrapped up yesterday and apparently not a hell of a lot happened on the field except Donald Penn catching a punt from the JUGGS machine to end practice early, because that’s all anyone was talking about. Including Penn.

“I was joking around with coach [Schiano] about what a great athlete I am and he threw that up there and I did a good job,” Penn said. “I know I can catch and you guys [the media] know I can catch. If I had dropped it we would have had to continue practicing. So since I caught it we ended practice early, which is great. We have been working hard, real hard, and put in a lot of work. And for him to do that today just shows how much work we put in and [that we’re] doing a good job for coach to give us that day off.

That actually does say a lot about how well Schiano thinks the player are doing. He doesn’t seem like the kind of coach who would end practice early if he was even the least bit dissatisfied in the team’s efforts. Penn also had a couple interesting comments about practice as a whole.

Penn went on to talk about the difference in this season’s OTAs and mini-camps versus years past.

“To tell you the truth, the intensity. Coach asked for it to be here and it stayed there all three days,” Penn said. “And it didn’t drop, really. That’s the one big thing you have to take into the next few weeks off and take into camp.”

One word rarely use to describe Raheem Morris‘s camps was “intense”. Morris said he liked to bring “juice” to camp, but I think he meant actual juice because everyone seemed very hydrated but not terribly motivated. All that changes this year.

Penn also notes that he’s getting married in July. Congratulations to Donald! And I say that with absolutely no sarcasm.

Lots of interviews were printed yesterday, including one from LeGarrette Blount who has encouraging things to say about what he’s working on this offseason.

“I’ve been working on pass protection and picking up the blitzes this offseason,” Blount said. “That’s the thing I’ve been working on the most. I can say that’s what I’ve improved on the most.”

You know defenses are going to target Blount when he’s on the field because of his reputation for not being able to handle those responsibilities. If he can jam his helmet into a rushing linebackers chest and put him on the ground to protect Josh Freeman, that will go a long way to proving he can be the every-down back that most people some people I think he can be. It’s a good interview that also covers his progress on catching passes and securing the ball.

There are also good stories about Mason Foster, Vincent Jackson and Greg Schiano’s hopes for Aqib Talib. More to come.

Talib Trial Pushed Back Again

March 27, 2012 at 10:46am by Scott   •  5 Comments »

Aqib Trial 1

The only news going on right now is that Aqib Talib‘s trial has been pushed back a second time in a month, this time to June 25 and this time at Talib’s request even though last time it was pushed back, Talib’s attorney sounded annoyed and said he wanted to get on with the trial. This time he sounds different.

“These are false allegations against Aqib (Talib),” Perez told “We made the request to move the trial to make sure we would be able to do something.”

They’ve had almost a year. If I was Talib, I’d want to know what I was paying my attorney for doing over the last ten months if he needs three more months to “do something”. I’m no lawyer, but it seems like it should be pretty easy. Talib, a guy with a violent temper, pistol-whipped and shot at Shannon Billings, a sexual predator. Talib probably had every reason to do it because obviously Billings is a scumbag, but you just can’t go around shooting at people regardless of how shitty they are. Put them both in jail, in the same cell. Talib should have the whole matter worked out in an hour or two, then leave him in for a couple more weeks and give him a fine. There, I just saved the people of Texas a bunch of money in court costs. Use it to buy… I dunno, cowboy hats or electric chairs or whatever you guys are into these days.


March 21, 2012 at 12:14pm by Scott   •  3 Comments »

Rear Entry 119

TALIB’S TRIAL PUSHED BACK: Aqib Talib‘s trial in Texas was supposed to begin yesterday but was pushed back because he prosecutor’s wife is expecting a baby next week. Is it really going to take a week to finish this? Some asshole got pistol-whipped and there were only a couple people in the room. How many surprise witnesses does he think he’s going to call? Pfft, a real lawyer could be done with it in three days.

MICHAEL BENNETT SIGNS TENDER: This happened last week but if your name wasn’t Peyton Manning, no one gave a shit what you did. But other people are allowed to make news now and I can tell you that Michael Bennett signed his RFA tender and is locked up for 2012.

Bennett, 26, had a breakout season in 2011 playing mostly left defensive end. He registered four sacks in 14 games (10 starts), but was among the defense’s most consistent players during one of the franchise’s worst defensive seasons. His ability to play both the run and pass is valued by coaches, as is his flexibility. Bennett has played extensively at defensive tackle on passing downs, despite being just 274 pounds.

I like Bennett a lot and thought it was smart to put the first-round tender on him. The competition between him and Da’Quan Bowers should be a good one

IF YOU WANT A LINEBACKER…: Yesterday, the Texans traded MLB DeMeco Ryans to Philadelphia for a fourth-round pick and a swap of third-round picks (which turns out to be less than a fourth-round pick). Ryans may not have had his best season last year, but he was one of the better middle linebackers in the league. He was the defensive rookie of the year in 2006, is a strong locker room leader, the quarterback of the defense, a Pro Bowler and still young. I guess the Texans wanted his salary off their books, but he was only going to count $5.9-million this season and that includes whatever pro-rated bonuses he had already been paid, so it will likely be less for the Eagles. If Curtis Lofton was too expensive for the Bucs’ tastes, they should have looked into this.

The good news is that the Bucs are still interested in Lofton, and he’s still out there.

Don’t think for a second the Bucs have lost interest in Curtis Lofton. They want him at their price, but make no mistake — they want him.

It can get done, Mark Dominik. Put the cherry on this excellent free agent cake you’ve already made.

Money Grubber Tries To Extort Talib

March 09, 2012 at 09:38am by Scott   •  6 Comments »

Shame on this bitch for trying to disparage such an upstanding young man.
I’ve been pretty hard on Aqib Talib over the last year. And with good reason. The guy is a magnet for controversy, distraction and criminal charges. But this last thing that came out yesterday where a Tampa woman is accusing Talib of threatening her reeks of a cash grab.

The plaintiff, Betty Atwood, said she was driving eastbound on Spruce Street near West Shore Boulevard on Dec. 9, 2010, when Talib “negligently caused them to collide,” according to the suit, filed March 2 with the Civil Division of Hillsborough County’s 13th Circuit Court.

Atwood said in the suit that before police arrived Talib threatened her. The suit, which seeks damages of $15,000, said Atwood suffered physical injuries from the crash as well as depression, anxiety and “severe emotional distress” from Talib’s threat.

That’s not last December, that’s December 2010. This broad has been sitting on this for 15 months and just now, when Talib’s Texas case is about to go to trial, she wants to sue? That’s some serious bullshit right there. She’s hoping that with the negative press that Talib is about to get for his shootiness, he’ll see $15,000 as not enough to get excited about and just settle.

First of all, if Talib had “negligently caused them to collide”, he would have been cited at the time. She called 911 when it happened. If it was a big deal, the cops would have been all over it. But it was so not a big deal that the cops don’t have any record of it.

On Thursday, Tampa police said they had no accident report from the alleged incident and could not verify that a traffic accident involving Talib occurred on the date given in the lawsuit.

Talib admitted to getting into the accident, but claims to not have threatened her. First of all, this alleged threat didn’t happen in 1993, so there’s no way Talib said he was going to “put a cap in her ass”. That’s so old, even white people don’t say it as a joke anymore. Second, even if he did threaten her in some way (and let’s be honest, he probably shot his mouth off somewhat to her), she can’t wait 15 months to report it. You lose all credibility that you were somehow hurt by these words when you sit on them for over a year. If someone threatens to hurt you and you take him seriously, don’t you call the police right then and report it? Maybe see what they can do about protecting you and keeping your identity and address off any paper records that are shared between the parties? Even if you don’t want to possibly get him mad by calling the cops right then and there, you go home and report it the next day. But waiting 15 months? Sorry, your time has passed and now you’re just a gold digger.

Ronde Barber’s Future

December 30, 2011 at 02:33pm by Scott   •  8 Comments »

Stop looking at the scoreboard, Ronde. You'll feel better.
Most of the talk today is on Ronde Barber‘s response to the question as to whether he is coming back and if Raheem Morris‘s status as coach has anything to do with it.

“I would be lying if I didn’t say that,” Barber said when asked if his future was linked to Morris’. “That’s somewhat true. But we’ll see. Ideally, I’d love to be back and play with (Morris), and (secondary coach) Jimmy (Lake) and (linebackers coach) Joe Baker. They’re great coaches and they’re fun to be around. They understand me and I understand them. So I imagine that will have something to do with it.”

It’s kind of funny that I’d like the oldest player on the team to stay for his playmaking and not for his veteran leadership. Ronde has missed some tackles this season just like EVERYONE else, but he’s still one of the most solid guys on the team in that department. But as far as leadership goes, he’s never been the guy you’d turn to hear the rallying cry for the team to get its collective ass in gear. Hell, he’s pretty sure the team has given up on Morris.

“… I have lots of good opinions about Rah. He’s a good friend of mine and I want well for him. He deserves a team that plays its (butt) off for him, to be honest with you, guys that care about winning football, because that’s what good coaches have.”

The implication, of course, is that this particular team is not playing its ass off for Morris. He’s right, but I don’t know if that’s what you want to hear from your leader when there is still a game left to play. The frustration has got to be getting to him, but shit, don’t sound like you’ve given up until the final game is over.

Whether he stays or goes, there has got to be an infusion of some talented cornerback blood into the team in the offseason. Aqib Talib may go to jail or get suspended and even if he doesn’t he has a hard time staying healthy, and even if he stays healthy we don’t know if he’ll respond any better to another coach. E.J. Biggers gets burned as often as he makes plays. Myron Lewis hasn’t come on as the big bad cornerback he was supposed to be coming out of Vanderbilt. Basically the team would do just as well with a few lawn and leaf trash cans placed around the field and hoping the quarterback accidentally throws the football into one of them.