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Santonio Holmes Goes For A Fifth-Rounder

April 12, 2010 at 09:30am by Scott   •  4 Comments »

Oh look, I almost mistook him for Michael Clayton.
I guess I’m just going to have to keep my cell phone with me constantly because every time I put it down, something big happens. But at least I can rest easy in knowing that the big news will almost certainly never involve the Buccaneers. So in case you hadn’t heard, the Steelers dealt Santonio Holmes to the Jets for a fifth-round pick.

Holmes, the MVP of Super Bowl XLIII, is facing a four-game suspension for his actions in regards to the league’s substance abuse policy, according to a source. The Steelers have grown troubled with some of Holmes’ off-field issues and had no intention of giving their star wide receiver an extension.

Holmes definitely has his issues. Most recently, he told a Steelers fan to kill herself via Twitter.

Holmes accuses the fan of trying to make Holmes look like the bad guy, and then says that the fan “shud try finding the worst thing that you could drink n kill urself.”

And then there’s the thing about him throwing a glass at a woman in a nightclub, although that’s looking a little shady with the accuser changing her story and other people coming forward saying Santonio wasn’t the guy who threw the glass.

He’s had other issues as well, and maybe he’s not the guy you want up on the side of Raymond James Stadium, but come on… a fifth-round pick? He was a Super Bowl MVP two years ago. At the most critical point in the biggest game of his life, Holmes came up huge. And he just turned 26. How did the Bucs not get in on this action?

Some league executives who were reached Sunday night said that despite their concerns with Holmes’ behavior, it was surprising the Steelers did not get at least a third-round pick in return, with teams like Washington, Miami, Tampa Bay and Carolina among those in need of a wide receiver.

Was every team even contacted to see if they were interested in him? At first I thought that maybe the Bucs weren’t under consideration because the Steelers face the Bucs this year, but the Jets are also on the Steelers’ schedule, so that’s not it. I find it hard to believe that the Steelers would deal Holmes within the conference if there were any willing takers in the NFC. So either the Bucs weren’t given the opportunity to trade for him, or they were and they declined.

I know the Bucs are banking on this draft and they want to make every pick count, but there’s no way they’re going to get a player anywhere as good as Holmes in a position of such need in the fifth round of this draft. Over the last few years, their fifth-round picks have been Xavier Fulton (IR in 2009), Josh Joshson (drafted his replacement a year later), Greg Peterson (no longer on the team), Julian Jenkins (no longer in the NFL), Donte Nicholson, Larry Brackins, Jeb Terry… shall I go on? Even with all his baggage, Holmes was worth a fifth-rounder to the Bucs. If they intentionally passed on him, things may be worse than we thought.

UPDATE: According to PFT’s Mike Florio, every team except possibly those in the AFC North were contacted regarding Holmes.

REAR ENTRIES: We’re Number 31!

September 30, 2009 at 10:05am by Scott   •  7 Comments »

This is why Winslow hates freeze tag. Now he has to stay in that weird position until someone else tags him.
JAGUARS SIGN PETERSON: I was surprised when the Bucs released Greg Peterson with an injury settlement during training camp, especially considering the kind of hype he was getting for his pure athleticism. Now he appears to be healed up and it didn’t take long for him to land with a team. Jacksonville picked him up yesterday. Now he and Luke McCown can share the unique feeling of being thankful for being on a 1-2 team.

And, please, people. It’s pronounced like “Jag-wars”. Not “Jag-wires”. I tried to correct Jamie Dukes but he didn’t listen to me. Don’t be as ignorant as Jamie Dukes. Those are words to live by.

KELLEN WINSLOW CHAT: Kellen Winslow‘s live chat on NFL.com was boring and useless. Either the moderators completely sanitized the incoming questions before they got to him or he chose not to answer the tough or interesting ones because this was lame. I don’t expect him to answer questions like “Why does the team suck?”, but I know someone asked him about his drops and poor runs after catch and those questions were nowhere to be found. That said, here were the only reasons for reading the chat at all:

Regarding the throwback game:

Yeah, everyone is talking about it, and what they’re going to wear. It’s gonna be a little competitive, everyone will try to look as sweet as they can. There might be a few fines dished out that game, but it should be fun.

I’m wondering what players are planning to do with their throwback uniforms that will warrant fines. God, I really hope someone runs out of the tunnel that day wearing a fedora and clutching a dagger in his mouth.

In another question, Winslow names Luke McCown as one of his influences as a player, which I thought was interesting. Someone should have asked Winslow how he felt about McCown not getting the starting gig and being traded. Oh wait, someone did. Me. Leave me alone. MANCRUSHES DIE HARD!

STILL NOT THE WORST: According to ESPN.com, the Bucs are the second-worst team in the NFL. Suck it, St. Louis! And in a double-barreled shot of obviousness to your face, Pat Yasinskas tells us that Byron Leftwich‘s stock is falling.

Leftwich’s stint as a starter didn’t even last three full games. He got pulled during the game against the Giants and Josh Johnson has been selected to start against the Redskins.

Take note of the sage wisdom, fantasy football players. Yasinskas does not recommend that you start a third string quarterback on your team. Bristol has spoken!

New Punter Signed

August 13, 2009 at 11:52am by Scott   •  2 Comments »

Now all the punting in Philadelphia is done by a single Australian man.
The Bucs signed Dirk Johnson, whose name I can’t read without having Dragon’s Lair flashbacks, to punt for Josh Bidwell while he gets his tests and figures out what’s wrong with his hip. Johnson will also take over Bidwell’s holding duties on placekicks, which is also unnerving. Kickers and holders develop this weird relationship where one can’t be without the other. Like if one twin stubs his toe and the other twin feels it… they’re like that.

You probably mostly remember Johnson from his time with the Eagles from 2003-2006. Or not.

To make room for Johnson, the Bucs released Greg Peterson, who hadn’t be able to practice much since his surgery. This is the first blow to my projected 53 man roster, which makes it even more tragic. I didn’t think Peterson would heal so slowly and his athletic upside is huge.

I think the thing to take from all this is that the Bucs didn’t sign Todd Sauerbrun. And that makes us all winners.

Camp Report: Monday August 10

August 11, 2009 at 09:31am by Scott   •  No Comments »

If you're not rooting for Cadillac Williams to make this team, you hate America.
The list of players being held out keeps growing. In addition to all the ones listed for Saturday, we have Greg Peterson and Sean Mahan sitting this one out.

Luke McCown is not getting any help keeping his job from his offensive line. His 11-on-11 series was interrupted by two holding calls on linemen.

TBO seems confused about why Raheem Morris made the team run a gasser.

3:20: Not sure what the reason was – could have been tempo, could have been something else – but Raheem Morris just made the whole team run a gasser, 10 plays into the 11-on-11 series.

It was because of the two holding penalties. Those things just kill any momentum the offense has going for it.

If the team continues to hold out Derrick Ward for his foot, Cadillac Williams will take his place on the depth chart as the #2. Williams is performing too well to ignore.

Elbert Mack had two interceptions off of Byron Leftwich on Monday. Ronde Barber had one hit him in the hands and he dropped it.

Sammie Stroughter sold out for a misfired Leftwich pass and dove to make a sweet catch.

No one is going to accuse Brian Clark of not working hard. He’s getting extra reps with all the wide receivers being held out, and he’s making the most of them. If he doesn’t make the team, it won’t be for lack of effort.

Greg White is starting to pick up the pace and get more consistent pressure on the starting offensive line. I think he’s solidifying his roster spot this week. If they keep nine defensive linemen, then definitely. But he’s number 8 or 9. And I’m never calling him Stylez.

Adam Hayward is listed as the backup strongside linebacker, but he really has the talent to be a starter. I’m not so sure he shouldn’t be the starting weakside linebacker or at least be in the mix with Jermaine Phillips.

But don’t get me wrong. Quincy Black is the starting SLB and he deserves it. He’s been everywhere.

Hayward had a pick off of McCown. This hasn’t been a good day for quarterbacks.

There was some special team work, mostly on onside kicks. Roy Miller was part of the “hands” team. Yes, defensive tackle Roy Miller.

Two practices on Tuesday.

Camp Report: Monday August 3

August 04, 2009 at 09:58am by Scott   •  No Comments »

Here it is, folks.  Rarer than a Baiji dolphin -- Kellen Winslow blocking a defensive end.
Greg Peterson made his first practice in the morning. Antonio Bryant and Angelo Crowell were held out.

Kellen Winslow injured his ankle during practice and did not participate for the rest of the day.

Remember when Cadillac Williams couldn’t catch a ball to save his life? No more. He’s catching everything now, even poorly thrown balls.

Derrick Ward had a nice catch from Luke McCown in the endzone during the afternoon practice. It was a straight matchup between the verticals Ward and Rod Wilson and Ward came down with it.

You know a great battle on the line? Davin Joseph vs. Ryan Sims. Two huge guys just beating the shit out of each other.

Dre Moore had a breakthrough practice. He was stuffing everything that came his way and had back-to-back sacks in the 11-on-11s, one of McCown and one of Byron Leftwich.

Mike Nugent was the only kicker yesterday. Matt Bryant did not attempt any field goals and Nugent was 3-for-5 with one block.

I think Jeremy Trueblood is mad all the time. He had a 1-on-1 drill with Greg White where he just made White look ridiculous.

Jarriett Buie had an impressive day and is making a case for himself. I don’t know if there’s enough room for him on the 53-man roster, but I’d be surprised if he didn’t make the practice squad.

Raheem Morris stopped 11-on-11s and made the team run gassers, presumably to send a message about effort and tempo which he has been harping on for all of camp so far.

Elbert Mack has been having a good camp, but he got victimized several times Monday with outstanding receiver play, including a diving catch from Kelly Campbell.

It’s not even a contest right now. Jimmy Wilkerson is the best defensive end on the team. Gaines Adams is having a good camp and is showing off some new moves, but Wilkerson is flat out dominant.

Tanard Jackson was a gunner on several punts. How would you like to have that coming at you full speed looking to take you out of a play?

Josh Freeman and Josh Johnson got almost no work all day in team drills.

Greg Peterson Is Getting Laaaaaarger

March 25, 2009 at 03:36pm by Scott   •  1 Comment »

Greg at 280.  Look how fancy he is -- he hits the bags with his pinky out.
Pewter Report is reporting (it’s right in their name!) that Jim Bates has decided to split the defensive line coaching duties between defensive tackles and defensive ends. DTs will be coached by new guy Robert Nunn and DEs by Todd Wash. Greg Peterson, who I guess was the one guy hanging around the weight room, seems to like the idea.

“I’m real excited,” Peterson said. “Coach Nunn has the inside – the defensive tackles – and Coach Wash has the outside – the defensive ends. Even when we’re doing drills, Coach Nunn will come up to you and work with you one-on-one. When we just had Coach Wash here last year, he could only see so much. I think it’s a good thing for us to have two coaches.”

Then Peterson went on to explain how Nunn thought he needed to gain weight for Bates’s scheme, so he has spent this offseason putting on thirty pounds. Try to imagine him gasping for air at every fifth syllable.

“I’m up to 310 pounds,” Peterson said. “Coach Wash wanted me to add the weight for Coach Bates’ system. I feel a little heavy, but I’m getting in the weight room and I’m learning how to run with it and move with it. It’s a lot different from 280, but I’m starting to feel comfortable at 310. I actually think I can get a little bit heavier, but I just don’t want to get too heavy.”

Hey, why not heavier? Nothing feels better in the middle of summer in Tampa than being obese and running a lot, right? Hey, I know even at 310 he’s not the heaviest guy on the team. But Ryan Sims and Davin Joseph didn’t get there in the span of two months, either. Nunn must have him in a veal stall with a trough of Crisco at one end and a weight bench at the other. I know Bates likes those big elephants in the middle collapsing the pocket, and in theory it’s a good plan. But, man, thirty pounds in two months seems a little dangerous. Find something that weighs thirty pounds and attach it to yourself, then walk around for a while. It’s tough, isn’t it? Now do it when it’s 110 on the field and you’re not conditioned for the extra weight and instead of walking, run and hit stuff. “Plugging the middle” doesn’t include laying on the field and clutching your chest.

No, Really, The Defensive Line Is Great

March 24, 2009 at 08:41am by Scott   •  6 Comments »

This is a special teams lineup, not a defensive one.  Who labeled these things?!?
While “speaking” at the owners’ meeting in California yesterday, Raheem Morris took the time to address a question about the lack of attention that the defensive line has gotten in the offseason.

“We still have the upcoming draft. We still have to get ready for training camp. We don’t know where we’re going to end at. We don’t know where we’re going to be. We just are looking to improve every position and obviously that’s a position we have to improve. We feel pretty good about the guys we have. [Chris] Hovan is not a slouch. We’ve got Ryan Sims and we’ve also got some young guys who are really unproven when you’re talking about Greg Peterson, when you’re talking about Dre Moore. We feel pretty good. I can’t wait to see what happens. It’s a competitive situation.”

Okay, hold on a second. I can’t let this go. Did you actually read the paragraph above? Because it’s painfully apparent that no one has coached Morris on public speaking since his choppy and unfocused introduction speech. HE TALKS LIKE MARTIN FENNELLY WRITES. He says the same thing two or three times using as few words as possible each time. You don’t know where you’re going to end at AND you don’t know where you’re going to be? Really? Wait, there’s more.

“People are entitled to their own opinion, I tell people that all the time.You can think whatever you want to think. Until you get out there. It’s nothing you really have to talk about. It will all be determined in September between wins and losses.”

There’s a difference between coachspeak and moronspeak. Jon Gruden was a master of coachspeak. He came across constantly annoyed and aww-shucksy at the same time, but you didn’t feel like you had just been verbally sodomized after he was done. He may not have even conveyed any useful information whatsoever, but I didn’t leave the conference angry. Morris is different and much worse. A lot of it is in the tone and the inflections he doesn’t use, so you’d have to hear it to get the full effect. I hope he really can relate to his players, because he definitely can’t relate to me.

Anyway, I guess Morris just confirmed what we had all assumed — that they’re going to rely on current roster guys and draft picks to fortify the defensive line. And, really, you could only reasonably expect the first and third round picks to make any kind of a difference in 2009. Sometimes you get lucky with a later pick like Tanard Jackson and they start contributing right away. But if he’s looking for players to stick in the rotation off the bat, you can probably count on the first round pick being a defensive lineman and then using past reserves like Peterson and Moore and Sims.

All of those guys have ability. Sims was a former first round pick, Peterson is an outstanding athlete, and Moore… well, Moore is strong but unconditioned. At least he was last year. Maybe he spent the offseason in the gym just working out constantly, getting his weight down and getting into the best shape of his life. And maybe I’m spending the offseason as an all-girl porn casting director.

Hey, as long as we’re talking about the draft, the Bucstats.com Third Annual Draft Contest is a go for 2009. You could win shit! I’m planning on having the prizes and rules similar to last year, but if anyone out there has suggestions for ways to improve the contest, I’ll listen in the comments.

Jay Cutler Wants New Team, Haircut

March 16, 2009 at 08:53am by Scott   •  8 Comments »

It really is awful, awful hair.
I really didn’t think the whole Jay Cutler whinefest would get this far, but apparently Cutler has officially asked the Broncos for a trade.

“I went in there with every intention of solving the issue, being a Bronco, moving forward as a Bronco,” Cutler told ESPN. “We weren’t in there but about 20 minutes, [Josh McDaniels] did most of the talking, and as far as I’m concerned, he made it clear he wants his own guy. He admitted he wanted Matt Cassel because he said he has raised him up from the ground as a quarterback. He said he wasn’t sorry about it. He made it clear that he could still entertain trading me because, as he put it, he’ll do whatever he feels is in the best interest of the organization.”

Okay, Cassel is gone, so the whole reason why McDaniels wanted to trade Cutler is gone with him. Cutler is the Broncos’ best option, so if McDaniels is really doing what is in the best interest of the organization, he’ll just hold onto Cutler and make him suck it up. Who’s he going to start, Chris Simms? Yeah, that should go over well in Denver.

But let’s just say for the sake of argument that Cutler is available and the Bucs are interested. How much is worth giving up for Cutler? I was willing to fork over a first rounder for Cassel earlier in the offseason, and I’d give that for Cutler, too. But I’m apprehensive to give up much more. First, and most obviously, there are several holes in the defense that are going to have to get filled somehow, and it’s looking more likely that Mark Dominik is waiting for the draft to do it. I’m glad everyone has all this faith in Greg Peterson and Dre Moore and Chris Bradwell, and God love ‘em, I hope they succeed. But it would be nice to have someone with more than fourth-round talent at defensive tackle next to Chris Hovan? The team just lost two starting linebackers and a starting cornerback. Shouldn’t at least one of those holes be filled with someone who accomplished something in college?

The second reason is that we still don’t know what the Bucs have in Luke McCown. We’ve seen the boneheaded plays, but we’ve also seen this:

If we don’t give the kid a chance to start several games, are we ever going to know really what kind of talent he has or how good he can be? No one would have known about Cassel if he hadn’t gotten his chance to start last year.

I guess it comes down to this: Do you have more faith in the no-names on the defense or in Luke McCown? If you really think that all the new defensive guys are the answer, you have to trade for Cutler, probably giving up a first and third rounder. If you like what McCown has shown and think he can be a starter, you keep the picks and use them to plug up the defense. As for me, unless it’s a total fire sale (and it won’t be,) I keep the picks.

And look at that, a whole Cutler article without a single diabetes joke. Sorry, I’ll try harder next time.

UPDATE: From a more expansive ESPN article on this situation:

“Other teams have called but we’re not interested in getting draft picks for Jay.”

This may just be posturing because they realize that Cutler really is their best option. What else would they want? A veteran player? Do the Bucs have any player they would give up for Cutler?

Distant Early Warning: Defensive Ends

January 26, 2009 at 11:53am by Scott   •  1 Comment »

Is there anything sweeter than seeing an Alabama quarterback getting crushed?  Okay, maybe a Florida quarterback getting crushed, but it's a tight call.
Here’s the second part of the defensive line preview — the defensive ends. The Buccaneers aren’t getting anywhere near the kind of pass rush they need in order to make a defense work, and in the schemes Jim Bates has used in the past, the ends are all about pass-rushing. It looks like they’re keeping the 4-3 alignment, so most of what I’d prepared for the Tampa 2 version of this will still hold true. I hope it does, anyway, because I’m going with it. “Editing” and “retyping” aren’t my thing, man.

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The Final 53 Man Roster

August 30, 2008 at 10:53pm by Scott   •  1 Comment »

QB (4): Garcia, Griese, McCown, Johnson
RB (3): Graham, Dunn, Bennett
FB (2): Askew, Storer
WR (6): Galloway, A. Bryant, Clayton, Stovall, Hilliard, D. Jackson
LT (2): Penn, Davis
LG (1): Sears
C (2): Faine, Buenning
RG (2): Joseph, Zuttah
RT (1): Trueblood
TE (3): Smith, Gilmore, Troupe
DE (5): Carter, Adams, White, Peterson, Wilkerson
DT (3): Haye, Hovan, Sims
WLB (3): Brooks, Hayward, Hayes
MLB (2): Ruud, McCoy
SLB (2): June, Black
CB (5): Barber, Buchanon, Talib, Mack, Wilson
SS (2): Phillips, Piscitelli
FS (2): T. Jackson, Allen
LS (1): Economos
K (1): M. Bryant
P (1): Bidwell

Suspended (1): Stevens
PUP/Reserve (1): Williams
Injured/Reserve (3): Cox, Boyd, Hankton

So there it is. Not bad, eh? There were a couple surprises, though.

  • They kept both Elbert Mack and Eugene Wilson for a total of five cornerbacks. Wilson’s experience at safety probably kept him on the roster, especially in light on Piscitelli’s injury. Last year they kept five safeties and four corners.
  • Anthony Davis still has a job, proving that Jon Gruden meant it when he said that he was going to keep the right 53 guys and not necessarily the best 53. With Luke Petitgout cut and Davin Joseph hurt, they need linemen.
  • Matt McCoy instead of Ryan Nece was the way to go. Nece was good, but he maxed out a while ago. McCoy hasn’t hit his ceiling yet.

Of course, there will be tweaking and fluffing for the next several weeks at the bottom of the roster. Jerramy Stevens will probably be welcomed back after his suspension, so my guess is that Ben Troupe is going to really have to show something special for these upcoming games if he wants to beat out Stevens for that third tight end spot. I can’t see them keeping four tight ends. And as Bruce Allen and his staff pore over the waiver wire and cut lists, there’s a chance that a player that another team cut is stronger than someone they already have. Mack, because of his inexperience and rookie free agent status, is one guy who may be pushed off the roster if there’s a guy out there that Gruden and Allen can’t resist.

Geno Hayes made it and Dre Moore didn't.  Didn't see that coming in April.