Posts Tagged ‘cody grimm’
November 28, 2012 at 01:01am by Scott • 5 Comments »
The Bucs lost two former starters and current backups today when they put both Cody Grimm and Jeremy Trueblood on injured reserve. Grimm has a hamstring injury that’s been bothering him for a couple games and Trueblood evidently injured his shoulder in the Falcons game, although I don’t ever recall seeing him on the field. It may very well have happened when he put on his pads or pumped his fist in celebration of something. If you were really looking forward to seeing Trueblood in a Bucs uniform in person just just hadn’t found the time to buy tickets, you may have missed your chance forever. I’m going to go out on a huge limb here and say that Trueblood will be playing for a different team in 2013. He’s got lots of starting experience and makes a good backup at right tackle, but that’s evidently all he can play and backups have to be more versatile than that. There are teams that will scrap their offensive lines in the offseason (Chicago, Green Bay, possibly Pittsburgh to a degree) and Trueblood will be a decent option for them.
And as long as we’re making do without certain players, we might as well throw in the announcement that Eric Wright has been suspended for four games for that Adderall thing from a few weeks ago.
“This is the result of taking Adderall at the end of July for health issues I was experiencing,” Wright said. “I am extremely disappointed that the suspension was upheld at my appeal.
“I apologize to the Glazer family, general manager Mark Dominik, Coach (Greg) Schiano and the entire Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization, my teammates, our great fans and my family who have stood by me through this entire process. I will continue to prepare myself and look forward to rejoining the team.”
The Bucs are still dead last in the league in pass defense and this doesn’t help. And they’re not just going to suddenly get better. The only way to improve this is right now is to get a better pass rush going and force bad throws. Seriously, I think Julio Jones is still running.
August 22, 2012 at 12:18am by Scott • 4 Comments »
Stephen Holder wrote a good article about the Bucs’ situation at safety and how it looks like one of the deeper positions on the team right now. He makes a few good points, all of which I will repeat here and claim as my own, mostly because I thought the same things anyway; he just wrote them before I did.
Ronde Barber and Mark Barron are the starters. This much is a given. After that we have Cody Grimm, Larry Asante, Ahmad Black, Tramain Thomas, Sean Baker and Keith Tandy. Grimm has experience on his side, although if the team was truly happy with him they wouldn’t have drafted Barron or moved Barber to safety. I think he’s on the bubble. Asante has had a good camp and makes plays in preseason, but also misses some plays and some tackles. The potential is there but not the consistency. Black has been amazing and is probably a lock to make the team unless he kidnaps a hooker sometime in the next two weeks (he’s a Gator, so this isn’t as ridiculous as it sounds, especially if the hooker has some good weed (I am not accusing Black of smoking weed, just making a generalization about Gators (Sept 15, baby))). Thomas and Baker are pocketing their per diems because they know they won’t be employed much longer. And Tandy has the distinction of being listed as a “DB” rather than a safety, meaning be can play both which is always nice.
The Bucs could keep five safeties, but probably won’t. They have depth issues on the defensive line that they’ll probably address with that extra body. If I had to guess now, they’ll keep Black and Grimm and try to sneak Tandy onto the practice squad. If called upon in a game, I’d trust Grimm’s experience over Tandy’s potential at this point.
June 04, 2012 at 11:34am by Scott • 1 Comment »
And just like that, an interesting article with good information. Pewter Report published a piece on the safety position, specifically Ahmad Black‘s role in it, and PFT did a good job of condensing it down if you don’t feel like reading the whole thing. And now I’ll condense it down even further.
Barber is now the starting free safety, while Barron is running with the first-team defense at strong safety. According to PewterReport.com, Ahmad Black has emerged as Barber’s primary backup, with Grimm working behind Barron.
There are three other safeties in the mix besides those four: Larry Asante, Sean Baker and Tramain Thomas. From what we know, Devin Holland has moved from safety to corner. Teams generally keep four or five safeties, so Asante looks to be on the bubble while the others will serve as meat for the next couple months. The previous regime was high on Asante, but I haven’t heard anything one way or the other as to what Schiano and the new coaches think of him.
One fundamental change that could hurt Black’s opportunity for playing time is that the safety positions are no longer interchangeable as they were in the Bucs defense under Kiffin and Morris. Black hasn’t been learning the strong safety spot at all.
Safety was a huge need coming out of the 2011 season and now it looks like a strength. And with the acquisition of Eric Wright, hopefully the Bucs have found someone to take Ronde’s vacated spot at corner. The defensive backfield seems to be shaping up. Now if the defensive line can get a pass-rush going so the secondary isn’t covering for ten seconds at a time, we’ll be all set.
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!
April 18, 2012 at 11:23am by Scott • 1 Comment »
After a discussion yesterday about the depth at safety, it seems appropriate to mention that at yesterday’s first day of voluntary minicamp, Ronde Barber played some at safety.
“That’s one of those (experiments),” Schiano said. “I think Ronde can certainly do it and did a good job today doing it. We’ll see. Again… how do we get the best 11 on the field?
“It was mentioned Ronde was working at some safety. We obviously have some other guys on the roster that play safety. There are safeties that are still in the draft, there are safeties that are still available through free agency. We’ll kind of just figure it out, we’ll work through it. It’s a work in progress. But we’ll have two opening day, I promise.”
Ronde is instinctive and a hard hitter, two of the most important qualities in a safety. Some of the best corners in history (Rod Woodson and Ronnie Lott for example) were also fantastic safeties when they switched positions. Depending on how good Eric Wright is, this may be the best move for the Bucs. Then they don’t have to spend the cash for a veteran safety and can take the best of the three remaining safeties (not including Cody Grimm who will almost certainly be starting) and coach him up to replace Ronde next year and also fortify the position with a draft pick. I don’t understand why general managers take so long to create a roster. It only took me about two minutes to write that up and I’m even distracted by a second window open playing the Best of Bumfights.
September 27, 2011 at 01:14pm by Scott • 9 Comments »
Raheem Morris admitted that Cody Grimm‘s “MCL is messed up“, but Stephen Holder says he’s being told that Grimm is headed for injured reserve. Morris is saying it’s time for the next Wolf to step up. Because you can never drive a movie reference into the ground. Think, McFly, think!
“It will be a battle this week,” Morris said. “We’ve got Corey Lynch, and we feel great about how he finished the game. But we also have Larry Asante who’s been standing (on the sideline) with a baseball cap for a little while because we like Devin Holland on special teams.
“So, we’ll let Larry and Corey battle this week, and we’ll (determine) who plays or who gets the most amount of playing time. You know me, I can play any one of them or both of them any kind of way.”
Coincidently, Tanard Jackson is eligible for reinstatement and is better than all three of those dudes combined. I imagine as soon as that cart came out to take Grimm away, the Bucs were on the phone with the Ginger Hammer reminding him not to go nuts with that “indefinite” suspension thing.
Lynch looked good in place of Grimm (after that first bomb to Julio Jones) and that fourth down pass break up was awesome. He’s actually better in coverage than Grimm, and I’m guessing Lynch wins this contest without much of a fight. But as soon as Jackson gets reinstated, all that goes out the window.
September 21, 2011 at 12:21pm by Scott • 4 Comments »
Tanard Jackson is eligible for reinstatement this week and several people on this site have asked about what might happen when the Ginger Hammer finally waves his magic wand and allows him to play football again. Stephen Holder wrote an article intended to temper enthusiasm for his return, because Lord knows we have such an overabundance of hope and optimism these days.
For starters, do not assume Jackson will automatically be back on the Bucs’ roster on Thursday, for several reasons. The biggest of these is that the Bucs don’t have any control over this situation.
That sounds like a pretty good reason. Just because Roger Goodell can bring him back this week doesn’t mean he will. He may let him sit and stew a while longer. It’s always a good idea to keep drug addicts away from their support system and jobs that keep them busy for as long as possible.
Here’s another thing to consider: Where do the Bucs stand on opening their arms to Jackson? They own his rights for the time being, and would be able to place him on their roster relatively cheaply. But after being burned twice by Jackson’s substance-abuse issues, the Bucs are sure to at least have something to think about.
Raheem Morris will give second, third and fourth chances as long as he thinks the player is sincere. Jackson always seemed sincere to me when I heard him talk about his problem and he probably hasn’t changed. Plus it doesn’t hurt that Jackson is a defensive back and Morris has a soft spot for those guys.
Another consideration: Jackson may or may not be in football shape.
I’m so glad he cleared that up. Seriously, though, I get his point. Lots of players came off the lockout in less-than-football shape and that was just a few months. Jackson has been gone a year. I don’t think he’s gone completely Rosie O’Donnell on us, but I’d bet he’s not running his 40 as quick as he used to. A herd of coaches shouting at you has a way of motivating you to perform, and when they’re not around you’re probably not going to work as hard all the time.
My prediction is that Goodell lets him sit for another week or two, then he gets reinstated and sits in roster limbo for a couple weeks as the Bucs take advantage of a roster exemption. Then he’ll get put back on the 53-man roster but may be inactive for a little while. Then during practices when it becomes evident that he is clearly better than Cody Grimm, he’ll be back. Maybe week nine? That’s as good a guess as any.
September 19, 2011 at 11:39am by Scott • 13 Comments »
I sat here for a few minutes trying to think of some different angle to take on this article besides focusing on the slow start the Bucs are becoming famous for. But I just don’t see a way around it. It’s like a chick with a unibrow. It’s so obvious and ugly that it has to be addressed.
Maybe it would be better for everyone if the Bucs just spotted the opposing team 14 points coming off the bus. If the NFL doesn’t allow that, just don’t let the defense take the field for two snaps. Let the other team grab two touchdowns against air and then start the game. Maybe then we’d get a full 60 minutes (or at least 59) of good football out of them. Some people just have to have their backs up against a wall in order to perform. That report has to be due tomorrow even though you had all semester to work on it or you have to wait until December 24th to do your Christmas shopping. That’s fine, I accept that we root for a team with a whole roster of those types of guys. But there’s no reason for us as fans to have to watch all the bullshit that leads to the crisis. That seems unnecessarily mean. Anyway, onto my random observations.
Is there any doubt now that you just keep handing LeGarrette Blount the football regardless of how it goes early on? Very few running backs are like Adrian Peterson, who are spectacular from the beginning of the game until the end. Most take a little while to get going. Blount may be one of those guys, but he has proven time and again that he has it in him to break a big one at any point in the game. His 27-yard touchdown is exactly the kind of play that pumps a team up for the rest of the game. And he finished with 5.5 YPC. Good job by Greg Olson to not panic like last week.
Speaking of good calls by coaches, the onside kick was a great move by Raheem Morris. Even if it hadn’t succeeded, I would applaud it. He’s making decisions to win the game. Go big or go home.
And good work by Michael Koenen for executing the onside kick. I wondered why the Bucs paid so much money for a punter when the old punter was getting the job done, but I guess this is why. I’ll shut my mouth about it now.
You have to think Josh Freeman benefitted from the threat of the run in the second half and that’s why he was passing at a 75% completion rate at that point. He passed for 52 yards in the first half, 191 in the second.
Mike Williams had one catch for -4 yards. That touchdown that was negated because of an illegal shift penalty was awesome and it’s a shame it won’t be shown in highlight reels. But that was really his only play. He seemed to have trouble getting open yesterday.
There have been some comments on this site about not knowing what was so special about Preston Parker. He may not be the most talented receiver on the team, but he leads all receivers now with 142 yards in two games. Maybe it’s because no one is paying attention to him because they don’t know who he is, but he’s getting open and making plays.
Jeremy Zuttah replaced Ted Larsen at left guard and didn’t do anything to lose the job for next week. He made a sweet block on Blount’s second touchdown. I’ve always been kind of down on Zuttah, but if his presence helps the running game, leave him in.
Quincy Black played like dog shit. My understanding is that he was hurt and that’s why he was replaced in the second half, but why was he on the field as long as he was in the first place? He missed a ton of tackles and couldn’t get off blocks. Dekoda Watson replaced him and was an instant improvement.
I thought Mason Foster had a decent game despite his pass interference call, but is he an improvement over Barrett Ruud? The complaint everyone had about Ruud — that he made tackles while being dragged around — seemed to be the case for Foster yesterday. It’s hard to blame him, though, when he’s playing Adrian Peterson. Holy shit, that guy is good.
Speaking of being dragged around, the announcers twice described Cody Grimm as “hanging on for dear life” while trying to tackle Peterson. That’s never good.
I don’t have a lot to say about the defensive line right now. I need to go back and watch them specifically. I do know that the Bucs had two sacks, but neither of them were from linemen (and was one of those where McNabb fell down? Because no one should get credit for that.) I also saw Adrian Clayborn slam a dude to the ground after chasing down the play from behind and also knock down a pass. I also saw Clayborn bite hard on bootlegs and get caught out of position.
Overall, you can’t bitch too much about a win, so I won’t. I guess we’re just going to have to get used to the fact that most weeks are going to involve getting down early and coming from behind. At least you know you can show up late and not miss anything. Your thoughts in the comments.
August 31, 2011 at 11:27am by Scott • No Comments »
Raheem Morris has declared that he considers Dekoda Watson a starter even though he, you know, won’t be in on the first defensive play of the game.
While Dekoda Watson is a backup linebacker, coach Raheem Morris considers him a starter because of all the special pass-rushing packages the Bucs can use him in.
It sounds like the coaches have devised a lot of different looks for Watson to be a part of, but he’s going to make his bones as a pass-rusher.
“He looks awesome right now,” Morris said. “The opportunities he’s been given, sack, fumbles, he’s creating exciting plays. He’s certainly dynamic in his role, and I love the fact we can put him over there and do those things, and he can still be (able to back up) at linebacker.”
Watson can be called whatever he wants. “Starter”? Fine. I’m just going to call him sir because he looks like this:
… and he’ll beat my ass if I call him anything else.
“I’m not the biggest guy in the world, and people kind of underestimate you,” Watson said. “I have my speed, the strength, too, and it’s a different story when you come up against me. I’m blessed and fortunate for my athletic ability, and I’m just glad that the coaches recognize that. … If they feel like they have confidence in me, I’m going to show them, you didn’t make a mistake.”
Morris’s declaration of Watson as a starter is also another win for Mark Dominik who plucked Watson out of the seventh round. Out of the 23 draft picks the Bucs have made since Dominik took over, they have only cut two and, at most, will lose another two when final cuts are made next week (Allen Bradford and Daniel Hardy may find it tough to stick around with the depth they have at those positions). And the guys in lower rounds aren’t just special teams players. Erik Lorig and E.J. Biggers and Cody Grimm and Watson are getting big playing time. You don’t have to spend tons of cash in free agency when you draft well.
August 25, 2011 at 10:57am by Scott • 1 Comment »
Joe Smith and Rick Stroud put together a nice group of Bucs stories into a single, concise article. They cover Aqib Talib‘s meeting with the commissioner (Talib will not discuss it), Mason Foster‘s fine ($20,000), Devin Holland‘s fine ($10,000, but that doesn’t make sense because his hit was more illegal than Foster’s), Raheem Morris‘s evaluation of Cody Grimm (good), and a couple other stories, too. Get caught up in about two minutes by reading it.