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A Slightly Better Backup?

April 16, 2013 at 11:37am by Scott   •  3 Comments »

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So, it’s been a few days… where to start? Oh, I know.

According to a report by Mike Florio in Profootballtalk.com, the trade talks between the Jets and Tampa Bay for cornerback Darrelle Revis have included the possibility of the Bucs assuming Mark Sanchez and his contract.

You might think I’m about to rag on Sanchez and say the Bucs shouldn’t take him. And you’d be half right because Sanchez is awful. Not an awful person since I don’t know him (although I’ve heard he’s a douche when you meet him) but an awful quarterback. But if the Bucs can restructure Sanchez’s contract so it’s more in line with what a likely backup makes and doesn’t include $8.25-million guaranteed, then he’s a better option than any of the other backups that are out there and would actually provide a perceived threat for Josh Freeman. Not an actual threat, of course, since Freeman is ten times better than Sanchez, but for some reason people keep thinking that Sanchez is good. Freeman knows Dan Orlovsky isn’t going to unseat him, but maybe Sanchez gets his attention a little more.

This is all assuming that including Sanchez as part of the Revis trade is to make it more equitable for the Bucs. If the Bucs are considering giving ANYTHING additional up for Sanchez, they should walk away now. They probably should anyway.

In other New York news, Da’Quan Bowers pled guilty to a minor charge of disorderly conduct and all the gun charges were dropped. Let this be a reminder to all of you to check your luggage for guns before you start packing for a trip. I suggest just jamming your hand into your bags blindly an feeling around for them.

The Bucs added a chicken nugget of camp meat in Eric Page, an undrafted free agent from 2012 who spend that year at home injured after receiving a settlement from the Broncos.

Did you know Eric Wright has a web site? In this blog entry, he explains the process of his restructure, his injury and conveys his gratitude several times to everyone involved. He’s saying all the right things. As long as he doesn’t take any of the wrong meds, I’m cool with it.

Defensive Line Will Look Different In 2013

March 01, 2013 at 01:21am by Scott   •  5 Comments »

This is how Michael Bennett flies away from Tampa.
So here’s the situation with the defensive line. The Bucs and Roy Miller have stopped negotiating and Miller will head into free agency.

“Roy is excited to see what’s out there for him in free agency,” said his agent, Mike McCartney. “He has a lot to offer after an excellent season, helping a team that was last against the run (in 2011) go to No. 1 against the run last season.”

And the Bucs will not be using the franchise tag on Michael Bennett (or anyone for that matter) and there has been no word of progress on an extension for him. So, the Bucs could be without two of their four starting defensive linemen this season because, hey, when you’ve got the #1 rushing defense in the league, the only way to get better is to switch everything around. Or something.

Miller had a good season and I thought he was getting better, but his departure isn’t going to make me too upset. They need a big, strong guy in the middle to clog everything up and give the linebackers room to work, but they can probably find another one of those at a reasonable price. But Bennett is the team’s leading sacker over the last two years, is still improving and is still young. There may be some good guys that get cut, but that’s a hell of a chance to take. Who is better that has an expiring contract? Michael Johnson? He’s probably a better athlete but I wouldn’t go so far as to say he’s a better player. Osi Umenyiora? The Bucs would be stupid to replace Bennett with a player over 30. The only explanation I’ve got is that they really like Da’Quan Bowers (pending gun charges and all) and they already know Adrian Clayborn is going to be on the right side, so there’s not really room for Bennett. And hey, quality depth on the defensive line is overrated anyway. When have the Bucs ever really been short of good players on the line? I don’t think it has ever happened.

Because The Bowers Story Is All That’s Going On

February 20, 2013 at 11:43pm by Scott   •  2 Comments »

And what's with this food on the airline? Who do you need to shoot to get a decent chicken piccata?
Martin Fennelly wrote a piece about the Da’Quan Bowers incident. And although he pretty much has the same opinion of the thing that I do, I can’t help but still hate him. Mostly for lines like this:

By the way, it’s just as well they threw him in the hoosegow before he got to the security check point. Word is that Bowers was also carrying more than 3.4 ounces of shampoo, and not in a 1 quart/liter zip-top bag.

Because airport security jokes about liquids are timeless.

You know, maybe he didn’t even realize at first it was a gun he packed.

Let me see … socks, yes, underwear, three pairs, shirts, pants, shaving kit, hair dryer, hair dryer ammunition …”

“Hair dryer ammunition” actually made me laugh. You know, maybe there’s some kernel of something funny in his pieces that I just keep missing.

And then there’s Bowers’ playing career. He was a second-round pick in 2011, overcame a knee injury, and then an Achilles tendon injury. He managed three sacks in 2012. The Bucs are waiting on this defensive end’s breakout.

They just didn’t know it was going to have to be out of C Block.

Never mind.

Fennelly also conveys a story about accidentally leaving a knife in a backpack and trying to get it through security. TSA catches him, chastises him and then sends him on his way. I kind of dozed in and out while I was reading it, but the moral I took from it is that Fennelly is a terrorist and must be stopped.

Bowers’ arrest is news the Bucs didn’t need. Schiano had cleared the decks of gun slinger Aqib Talib. Bowers is no Talib, by any stretch, but this is still a mess.

No it isn’t. It’s going to be fine. Bowers probably won’t get any more than a stern talking-to. I know nothing else is going on in Bucland, but we don’t have to make shit up. Just do like I do and leave your site vacant and unchanged for days on end.

Oh You Jackass

February 18, 2013 at 11:52pm by Scott   •  4 Comments »

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Because falling from the first round in his draft because of his knee and then missing the first six games of last season because of his Achille’s wasn’t challenging enough, Da’Quan Bowers thought he’d make his NFL career a little more interesting by carrying a loaded gun into a New York airport.

Bowers had a loaded .40 caliber firearm in his carry-on bag as he was attempting to get on a US Airways flight to Raleigh, North Carolina.

The story is that Bowers forgot he had the gun in his bag and then, once he remembered it, told TSA workers and made them aware of the situation. Which is what he should have done in that situation. But what would have been better is not being so cavalier with his guns that he forgets he has one is his carry-on bag. My question is, where did he confess? Had he already passed through security and been cleared? Here’s how it’s worded in the original article:

He was about to board a US Airways flight to Raleigh, North Carolina.

That makes it sound like he was at the gate, right? So let’s all take a moment to thank a TSA worker for pulling 88-year old women aside in order to inspect their colostomy bags while not noticing a loaded handgun in a bag. And I’m not a fan of profiling, but if you hold up a headshot of the old lady and a headshot of Bowers and ask 100 people, “Who is more likely to hijack an airplane with a handgun?” I’ll say 101 will say Bowers because the guy asking the questions will say, “I know, right?” after every person gives the obvious answer.

Oh, and congratulations to Bowers for picking New York to pull this stunt right after they signed new gun laws into effect, one of which is a magazine limit of seven rounds. Bowers’s weapon was reported as a .40 caliber handgun. The Glock 22, a popular .40 caliber handgun, has a standard magazine capacity of 15 rounds. He should have flown out of Dallas where they issue guns to you like headphones and peanuts.

Mark Dominik had no comment about this situation, but DL line depth is pretty shitty, so I’m going to say this isn’t going to affect Bowers’s status on the team. Maybe there will be a fine or something, but certainly nothing more than a suspension. And that’s how it should be. He actually surrendered the gun when he figured it out, which is a whole lot different than trying to sneak it past everyone. It was dumb — really fucking dumb — but not malicious. And completely different than Plaxico Burress‘s thing where he shot himself in the leg while carrying a loaded handgun into a night club and, you know, SECURED IT IN THE WAISTBAND OF HIS SWEATPANTS. If Bowers gets the same two years in prison that Burress got, then the justice system in New York obviously isn’t the well-oiled machine I remember from The Warriors.

D-Line Stars Haven’t Played Together

January 29, 2013 at 12:40am by Scott   •  5 Comments »

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At first I thought this fun fact was an interesting tidbit that maybe shed some light on why the pass rush just wasn’t getting there.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik has a dream. In it, he sees defensive linemen Michael Bennett, Gerald McCoy, DaQuan Bowers and Adrian Clayborn all getting after the passer on the same third down.

“We never had those four players playing together at the same time – ever,” he said. “And whether that’s us being snakebit or whatever, it’s still an important thing that just didn’t happen.”

But that’s three defensive ends, right? Bennett swings to tackle sometimes, but it seems like you’d want a bigger guy on the field (you know, like a nose tackle) when McCoy is playing his standard 3-technique. I guess offensive alignments might dictate that you’d want four lean, fast guys on the field some time, but that would be a rare thing. Now if all four of those guys have never been healthy at the same time, that’s a different complaint. But Dominik’s take almost seems like saying that they’ve never had Doug Martin and LeGarrette Blount on the field at the same time. Which I’d actually like to see once. I know Erik Lorig is a good fullback, but one time I’d like to see Blount grating the road for Martin. There would be pieces of linebacker marking the path for Martin to follow.

Bowers Back To Practice

October 17, 2012 at 03:46pm by Scott   •  2 Comments »

Just like the original players to wear those uniforms, Bowers will not be performing this week.
Da’Quan Bowers started practicing again today and the Bucs have three weeks to evaluate him before deciding to put him on the active roster or put him up for adoption. Or whatever the other option is.

As to what ultimately will determine whether Bowers is ready for game action, the Bucs’ 2011 second-round pick said he’s first looking for “consistency. I just want to be consistent with everything. The playbook, the plays, taking coaching, conditioning and most of all, my Achilles. It’s just all about how that thing feels.”

So what if it feels great and Bowers is ready to return? The surprising rise of Daniel Te’o-Nesheim and the not surprising standout play of Michael Bennett this season gives the Bucs the flexibility not to rush Bowers back on the field or use him sparingly. I don’t remember Bowers playing much at right end, so Bennett would probably have to come off the field (or kick inside to DT which I hate) in order for Bowers to get some playing time. And we want Bennett on the field all the time right now. I’d take all three weeks and then activate him and cut a linebacker since they’ve got eight of them. Like Markus White, for example. I should probably pay closer attention because I’ve never heard of him and he’s on the active roster. So yeah, cut him.

REAR ENTRIES: The Curse

October 12, 2012 at 12:33pm by Scott   •  2 Comments »

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Been busy with work this week, so I’ve been a little slack in posting. But in my defense, the Bucs haven’t done a damn thing interesting this week and me just posting worthless write-ups of other people’s analysis would just take away time you could be using for porn. And we’re friends, so I’d never do that to you.

QUINN WILL START: Matt Cassel still can’t remember his name, so Brady Quinn will get the start. Whoever Kansas City’s center is is really pushing the offensive coordinator for a lot of shotgun snaps on Sunday. “Overhand, Quinn! Overhand!”

BOWERS TO RETURN SOMETIME: Without getting into any specifics, Greg Schiano predicted that Da’Quan Bowers would make it back for some games this season. Which is great news since the Bucs are one ACL tear away from just rolling tires in the general direction of the quarterback.

“We’re going to be very, very conservative and not going to rush that situation. But I can tell you from the things I’ve seen, I’m really encouraged.”

Right here is where I would put the news story that the Bucs signed another defensive end to bolster depth since only having three of them seems kind of, you know, fucked. Instead, we have this:

MILLER NOT PRACTICING: Roy Miller didn’t practice Thursday with a back injury. Injuries happen to every position every season, but this Buccaneer defensive line seems cursed. I remember when they spent their top two picks for the two drafts in a row on the defensive line. I thought they could have used help elsewhere, but at least one part of the team would be set for YEARS. Only one of those guys is playing this Sunday. So instead of two first-rounders and two second-rounders, they may very well field one first-rounder and three undrafted free agents this week. If this goes on much longer, they’ll start calling it the Curse of Monte Kiffin.

T-SHIRTS: I’ve got one last lead on getting the fully clicky T-shirts printed before I either just demand they do the order for the number of regular shirts I send everybody’s money back. I’ll keep everyone posted, and thanks for your patience.

REAR ENTRIES: One Out, One In

September 25, 2012 at 11:48pm by Scott   •  4 Comments »

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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!

King Goes To Bucs Camp (Nom Nom)

August 10, 2012 at 12:22am by Scott   •  8 Comments »

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Peter King is making his way around the country this offseason, visiting various team camps, and eating things.

In the Bucs’ cafeteria, the PR staff put Team SI (We’re on the SI-EvoShield Training Camp Trip, with a party of five) in a side room so we could grill Josh Freeman. And grill a turkey burger. I had the grilled turkey burger on a wheat roll with raw onion, lettuce and tomato (B-plus), along with a mixed salad with balsamic (C; the lettuce was a tad on the other side of ripe), and a bottle of fruit punch G2. Grade: B. Freeman rather enjoyed his healthy meal, led by turkey, lettuce and tomato on whole-wheat bread, with red beans and rice.

Of course King’s biggest complaint is about the only green item on his plate. He’s just pissed because he couldn’t drown in it a quart of ranch dressing since the menus at NFL training camps are healthy and scone-free. And this comes after bitching about the oatmeal a couple years ago. Someone give him a flask for Christmas so he can keep some drawn butter in it and leave these team chefs the fuck alone.

Oh, and King had a couple opinions about Bucs football, too.

3. I’m not too optimistic about Da’Quan Bowers playing football after his May Achilles tear. He’s on the PUP list, and the Bucs say they’re cautiously confident he can play sometime this year. But really — how likely, or smart, is it that a speed-rush player would be ready to play football six or seven months after Achilles surgery? Looks like Adrian Clayborn will get more attention than the Bucs had hoped from offensive protections, because there’s no other pass rusher in-house who will scare foes.

Keep an eye on Michael Bennett. He’s going to start at left end and he’s going to make some offensive coordinators take notice.

The pass rush and secondary will be vital to keeping the Bucs in games this year, because I don’t know how many shootouts they’re going to win.

Remember that, folks. Eight of the eleven players on the defense will be vital this year. You can’t get analysis like that just anywhere.

Mark Barron Can Sit Anywhere Now

July 26, 2012 at 05:48pm by Scott   •  10 Comments »

Nothing snarky this time. Good luck, Brian.
On the first day of training camp, the Bucs traded Brian Price to Chicago for a low-round 2013 pick. In case any players thought Greg Schiano wasn’t serious, they should take those doubts, shoot them in the face and bury them in the back yard.

My guess is that Price showed up to camp out of shape, but that seems like something that could be overcome. He certainly wouldn’t have been the first. It seems extra-harsh with all the tragedy Price has gone through, most recently (as in a few months ago) the loss of his sister which affected him so profoundly that he had to be hospitalized. But the team and Price may have come to an agreement that we don’t know about and there may not be any hard feelings. Whatever the reason is, that’s another second round pick gone. Da’Quan Bowers, hurt; Brian Price, traded; Kellen Winslow, traded; Dexter Jackson, waste of space; Arron Sears, tragically vegetative. The second round is the money round. That’s where some of the biggest bargains are, and the Bucs have whiffed on it for years. Jeremy Trueblood is arguably the most successful Buccaneer second-round pick of the millenium. Maybe I should be nicer to him.

The good news is that Amobi Okoye will come off the PUP list tomorrow, so he will be able to fill in right away assuming he takes Price’s spot. Price was playing nose for most of his career, and that seems like a mismatch for Okoye, but who knows what Schiano and his defensive staff have in mind. I like the idea of two fast and athletic first-rounders anchoring the middle of the line. Also, Adam Hayward will come of the PUP list tomorrow.

While they were at it, the Bucs released Dezmon Briscoe. The Bucs had a shitload of wide receivers, but Briscoe was one that I was pretty sure would stick. He was said to be somewhat sloppy in OTAs, but we all knew what he could do on gameday. The rub there is that Schiano doesn’t give a shit what you did on gameday in any other season; he wants to see what you’re bringing to the table today. Briscoe didn’t bring enough, and now he’s on the market. Remember when Mark Dominik overpaid him a practice squad salary just to get him on the team? Yeah, Schiano doesn’t care about that, either. Somewhere in a training camp dorm, Sammie Stroughter is thanking Jesus and rubbing a lucky charm bracelet.