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Comings And Goings

March 15, 2013 at 12:01am by Scott   •  8 Comments »

Kevin Ogletree and Tiquan Underwood will have a dumbest hair contest this preseason.
Hey, things happened!

The Bucs made several signings over the last 24 hours, the most noteworthy being WR Kevin Ogletree who was with the Cowboys. Wait, did I just say that was the most noteworthy? Maybe not as many things happened as I originally thought. But Ogletree has shown flashes here and there and will give Tiquan Underwood a good run for his money. Arrelious Benn is as good as gone and the team is making no effort to re-sign Sammie Stroughter, who is an unrestricted free agent, so the bench was pretty shallow before Ogletree’s signing.

The team also signed LB Jonathan Casillas away from New Orleans. Casillas missed all of 2010 with an injury and hasn’t done a whole lot in his time with the Saints, but he is on the rise and had a great game against the Bucs in 2012. And the Bucs need to bolster their linebacking corps since they released Quincy Black today, too. His arm wasn’t getting any better and it was pretty likely that he wasn’t going to play at a high level again, if at all. So that leaves Mason Foster, Lavonte David, Adam Hayward and Dekoda Watson as the known commodities at linebacker before the Casillas signing. Not the most glitzy name they could have gotten, but I think he’s solid.

And in the “guys who really didn’t have a choice” category, Daniel Te’o-Nesheim and Corvey Irvin both signed their tendered. Irvin I can take or leave, but keeping Te’o-Nesheim is a good move.

Jeremy Trueblood signed with the Redskins today, putting the Redskins at 1st and 15 before the season even starts. Stephen Holder has a few kind words to say about Trueblood and, to be fair, he definitely had some good moments. But his proclivity for false starts and personal fouls at the worst possible moments was infuriating and I will not miss it. DRAFT A RIGHT TACKLE IN THE FIRST ROUND.

Nothing yet has happened with Darrelle Revis, although it is said that the Bucs are the only team seriously interested in trading for him. Supposedly, the dollars are all worked out with Revis, they just need to agree with the Jets on draft compensation. I hear the rumblings that this is a weak draft overall and would be a good year to give up a first-round pick for a known superstar, but that viewpoint ignores the fact that those people are dumb as shit. The #13 slot is still very valuable for several positions, all of which the Bucs can use help with. If they were drafting in the mid-20s and were a cornerback short of a Super Bowl, I’d be more likely to get behind it. But this team is still a couple years from truly competing for a championship. Build up that offensive line, get a franchise tight end (sorry, Luke), get the best corner possible — something other than spending it on a player still getting over an ACL and who is a known locker room problem. I’d also say get another strongside linebacker, but there’s no one worth taking at #13 except maybe Jarvis Jones whose value is all over the board right now.

It’s not quite the haul it was last year, but I’m liking most of the moves I’m seeing from the Bucs.

Two On IR, One Suspended

November 28, 2012 at 01:01am by Scott   •  5 Comments »

Trueblood got a false start here when he went for the water hose too early.
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.

REAR ENTRIES: Better Late Than Never

October 09, 2012 at 08:54am by Scott   •  3 Comments »

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TRUEBLOOD SICK: This article said the Bucs are “mulling over some possible changes”, which sounded really juicy and potentially big, but it’s just the right guard stuff we discussed last week. And now, they won’t even have Jeremy Trueblood to try out at right guard because he came down with a stomach virus. You know it’s been a slow week when this is my third mention of Jeremy Trueblood and one of them has to do with the flu.

FEWER PLAYS: Also, according to the same article, the Bucs are adjusting the number of plays Josh Freeman gets. The article says “streamlining”, but that’s just fancy talk for “reducing”. I’ve been streamlined out of every job I’ve ever had.

Has that been the problem? Too many plays? It doesn’t look like the offense is totally out of synch, it just looks like the receivers can’t get separation and Freeman can’t hit them in the right spot. But hey, if that’s the result of their brains being too full, then by all means, takes some plays away. Hell, just give the receivers wristbands with “GET OPEN” written where the plays used to be and give Freeman one that says “THROW”.

REPLACEMENT REF ON SCHIANO: It’s been a couple weeks and now the replacement refs are kind of an afterthought. But one of them had a parting shot for Greg Schiano on last week’s Inside the NFL.

NFL replacement refereee Jim Core said Bucs coach Greg Schiano was the toughest coach to work with during thress games he called in the regular season.

Appearing on Showtime’s Inside the NFL, Core was asked by James Brown which NFL coach was the toughest to work with?

“Coach Schiano,” Core said. “He’s college. I mean, the rest of them acted at a different level. You just tell working with them they were at a different level than I thought he was.”

That’s not a friendly little jab about him being loud or argumentative. He called him “college”, as in, “He should have stayed in college.” Every head coach yelled at the replacement refs because most of the time they deserved it, but you’d hate to think that our head coach is particularly abusive or disrespectful. Unless it’s really funny.

INTERESTING UPDATE: Greg Schiano’s son, Joe Schiano, a student and linebacker at Berkeley Prep, has been suspended for six games for swearing at an official during a game. Wonder where he learned that.

I know the officials have to maintain control, but SIX GAMES for swearing? How big is the paddle they hit the players with for bumping a ref during a game?

Trueblood May Get A Shot At Guard

October 05, 2012 at 09:42am by Scott   •  1 Comment »

The universal sign of 'I did it'.
After I posted yesterday’s entry, I saw that the Bucs actually were going to try out Jeremy Trueblood at right guard, but I went ahead and kept it up there because I really am quite lazy.

“I like his competitiveness, his fight, his desire. (Moving to guard) can be done. It’s a matter of are you willing to do the things it takes to get the job done, and I know he is. Ted’s in the mix, still, along with Cody Wallace and Jamon Meredith. We’ll figure it out.”

One thing you can’t question about Trueblood is his competitive spirit. If the job was to chew glass, everyone else would have Coke bottles and he’d have a church window just to make it interesting. And Trueblood has more NFL experience than the other three people listed combined. My understanding is that he and Davin Joseph are really tight, so he’s got a Pro Bowl player who can instruct him on the job. So yeah, give him a shot at guard. Have him line up right next to the guy who took his job on every play and just give him a little wink before the snap that says, “You can’t get rid of me that easily.”

REAR ENTRIES: Figuring It Out

October 04, 2012 at 09:36am by Scott   •  1 Comment »

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BARTH GETS PROPS: If you had to pick an MVP for the first quarter of the season, you’d have to give strong consideration to Connor Barth, which might make some of the guys who actually make contact on every play a little upset, but it’s the truth. Placekicking is an all or nothing game. If he had missed a couple key field goals, no one would have a problem making him the goat of the first quarter, so he should also get the credit when he is doing well. This article is about Barth’s preparation and kicking process and gives more attention to the position than it gets in a full season. Here’s the best part of it:

“I’m not an expert on kicking,” said Schiano. “I know just enough to be dangerous. But I also know enough to stay away from him and let him keep doing what he’s doing.”

Exactly. Let him have the mustache and the yoga and the goat’s blood (I may have imagined that last one) and get out of his way.

TRUEBLOOD INACTIVE: It’s not often you see a five-year starter inactive when healthy, but that’s what’s happening to Jeremy Trueblood now. Demar Dotson is entrenched as the starter at right tackle and Trueblood wasn’t even active as a backup. He explains why.

“I’m a right tackle,” Trueblood said. “That’s just what it is. I’ve never played anything else. (Schiano) told me straight up. He said, ‘The other guy (Jamon Meredith) can play guard and tackle, so you’re inactive.’ I can’t question a man’s decision.”

No, I guess he can’t. And Trueblood is being a good teammate about it. I looked at the roster and the only backup linemen they had active were Meredith and Cody Wallace, who plays both guard and center. So Schiano’s lineup makes sense as long as Meredith is also the superior guard to Wallace. If Meredith gets hurt, they’ll definitely activate Trueblood to start the following week. But Trueblood is very likely looking at his last season in Tampa. And that’s a shame because I’ve still got a whole file full of false start jokes.

STEVE WHITE BREAKDOWN: Ask and ye shall receive. After wondering how the breakdown in the last drive of the Redskins game happened and who was to blame, Steve White laid it all out very neatly (with photos!) in a blog entry. On the tight end pass, he shows what happens but can’t tell who the guilty party is. But on the quarterback run up the middle, he makes it more clear even if in the end he still clams he doesn’t know who is right or wrong.

Remember again that with a zone blitz that the blitzer comes from one side and the defensive line slants in the opposite direction. Well the defensive linemen all slanted to the right this time but there was no blitzer coming from their left (red line).

Instead Ronde (again blue arrow)came up and appeared to be blitzing from the right (orange line) which is the same direction the defensive linemen were slanting towards.

Complicating matters further is that the right defensive end (red arrow) dropped (red line) as a curl/flat defender as he would if the blitz was supposed to come to the left. So even if Ronde was just coming up to cover the running back as he eventually did, there was no need for him to be there in coverage.

So at least the scheme indicates that Ronde should have come from the other side. Now, Ronde is a 16-year veteran and knows how and where to blitz, but he’s also new to this scheme and new to his safety position. So maybe he just screwed up. It happens. White also takes a second to lay a little blame on the coaches for the call. Not much, but he does mention it.

I don’t know how much the Bucs practice two minute drill during the week but the only blitzes you run during such a critical time of the game are the ones the players have shown you they know in their sleep. There is no excuse for this happening not once, but twice, at the end of the game.

If the blitz had worked and RGIII was sacked on that play, the call would have been brilliant and we’d all be praising Schiano for maintaining his aggression even through the last second. As it is, people are calling him too aggressive and pounding him for blitzing too much. But we’ve seen lots of examples where defenses sit back soft and the quarterback just picks them apart underneath. The Redskins only needed a field goal and they had plenty of time to get there (and that clock management bullshit is totally on Schiano) so he wanted to put the game in his hands and live or die on his own terms. And this time he died by them. But I at least respect going down swinging and I think others do as well.

But make no mistake, that kind of feeling doesn’t last long if you don’t get a few wins using that strategy. It’s a short step from aggressive to foolish.

REAR ENTRIES: Play For 60 Minutes

September 18, 2012 at 11:21pm by Scott   •  3 Comments »

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VICTORY AGGRESSION WORKS: According to Greg Schiano, the defensive line playing the victory formation like a regular play and trying to cause a fumble actually has caused a fumble for his teams four times in the last five years (although for some reason, Ian Rapaport says it only worked twice in 11 years, but I’ll take Schiano’s word over someone named Ian). If it’s a blowout, then it’s pointless. But if the losing team is down by a touchdown or less, fuck yeah. The miracle at the Meadowlands wouldn’t have happened if Herm Edwards hadn’t been playing that play for real and scooped and scored. If the replacement officials are going to be absolute shit and drag the game out for five hours, the least they can do is reward the viewers by making the last play worth watching.

SHIPLEY IS BACK: The Bucs have brought Jordan Shipley back to the team, supplementing a position on the team that didn’t seem to need any help, but I guess Preston Parker has a foot injury that necessitated it. Fun fact: Shipley spent so long at Texas that he actually earned a Ph.D. in Being Gritty with a minor in Having a High Motor.

DOTSON IS STARTING: Demar Dotson started at right tackle last week since Jeremy Trueblood was injured. But even if Trueblood is ready to go for this Sunday, Dotson is still starting.

Regardless of Trueblood’s status in Week Three, Dotson won’t have to wait long for his next start. The Buccaneers released an updated depth chart on Tuesday afternoon, and Dotson has moved to the first spot at right tackle.

It’s much harder to get a penalty from the sideline, but not impossible. If you see a size 19 shoe fly in and peg the line judge in the head, you’ll know who it was.

REAR ENTRIES: Toe Job

September 14, 2012 at 11:58am by Scott   •  13 Comments »

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OH HELL NO: The Bucs’ offensive line is starting to have injury concerns, but I guess that’s understandable after one game.

Bucs RT Jeremy Trueblood did not practice Thursday after injuring his ankle during Wednesday’s practice, and it’s unclear if he will play Sunday against the Giants.

This one doesn’t bother me so much because Demar Dotson will be fine in his place. Here’s the real bitch:

Schiano also hopes RG Carl Nicks (big toe) will play even though the two-time Pro Bowl pick was limited for the second straight day.

Yes, I fucking hope so too. Because if Nicks is down, their backup is Cody Wallace. And unless he’s a direct descendant of William Wallace and comes out in blue facepaint and armed with 12-foot spears, they’re fucked. Could their offensive line on Sunday really be Penn-Wallace-Zuttah-Larsen-Dotson? I don’t know who the world’s best toe doctor is, but he better be in Tampa right now with 16 tons of healing equipment strapped to Nicks’s foot.

BENN MAY BE BACK: In better news, Arrelious Benn expects to play Sunday.

“I think (my role) will develop over time,” he said. “They know what I can do. I’m sure they’ll use me the right way, the way they’re supposed to use me. I believe in my coaches.”

Awesome attitude from him. I hope he gets a few touches on Sunday. Without any camp or preseason, that may be asking a bit much, but I think he’ll still be a good contributor this season.

FLORIDA WEEK: I’ve been so good keeping a lid on my homerism all week long, but now that it’s Friday, fuck it. Do any Florida fans out there want to make a wager for the game tomorrow? No money. We could go with reverse bragging rights, where the loser has to lavish praise and affection on the winner. Or something else if you have a good idea. In the comments. (I’m assuming at least one Gator out there knows how to read and can relay this post to the rest of his friends.)

So I Guess JPP Is An Okay Player

September 13, 2012 at 10:53am by Scott   •  3 Comments »

He's about to eat it. That's what Jason Pierre-Paul eats for lunch. Footballs.
Back in the 2010 draft, I was one of the ones who was saying that Jason Pierre-Paul didn’t have enough experience playing college ball to make the transition to the NFL well. Basically, I thought he’d lose interest when he saw how much different it was and how much work it took and wouldn’t be worth the high draft pick someone would spend on him. And then last year Pierre-Paul had 16.5 sacks and made me look like the world’s biggest jackass. My lesson from that is that everyone should make a video of themselves doing lots of backflips and then sit around and wait for someone to hand you a shitload of money.

Pierre-Paul has major respect around the league now, including from Donald Penn who is going to have to deal with him in a couple days.

“Pierre-Paul is a beast and I’ve got a double dose with a little bit of him and a little bit of Osi. It’s going to be a tough one … a lot of hitting in the mouth.”

Jeremy Trueblood also weighed in on JPP (yeah you know me).

“He has all the physical gifts,” Trueblood said. “His athleticism shows on tape. It shows on the field goal rush, it shows on everything. He’s a force, but we get paid in the league to block guys like that.”

JPP generally lines up as the right defensive end, but every now and then he lines up on the left. Trueblood won’t have to deal with him too often, but when he does, I see a false start in his future. I know, I’m a visionary.

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.

Remember When Things Didn’t Suck?

December 24, 2011 at 10:47am by Scott   •  13 Comments »

Years 1

Roy Cummings thought it would be a swell idea for Christmas to remind all Bucs fans just how far the team has fallen in a year. Because nothing makes the holidays more festive than the crippling realization that your team has nothing left to play for, but yet football will continue into February.

“No, our guys just have not been able to bounce back this year,” head coach Raheem Morris said. “They go out there and they want to fight and they prepare well, but for some reason we just haven’t been able to execute down the stretch.”

Again, Raheem uses the word “execute”.

A year ago, the Bucs allowed just 63 fourth-quarter points. With two games still to play this season, they have allowed 94 fourth-quarter points, 14 more than they have scored.

They’re not just getting beaten early in games and can’t come back, but they’re getting the shit pounded out of them for a solid 60 minutes. That’s consistency!

In 2010, Tampa Bay never lost more than two games in a row. Of course, it kept games closer then. This season, the Bucs have lost by margins of 28, 27 19, 16 and 11 points.

I’m not sure if he’s being kind or if he’s talking about only games lost in a row, but they also lost to San Francisco by 45 points.

“That’s really what it comes down to,” said tight end Kellen Winslow, part of a receiving corps that leads the league in dropped passes. “It’s a lack of execution across the board. It’s not coaching, it’s our execution. We’re just not making enough plays.”

If I had told you five years ago that Winslow would be the biggest company man on his team, you never would have believed me. He’s loyal to his commanders to the last, but I’m not convinced it’s completely the players’ fault.

“The big thing really is the turnovers,” Morris said. “You turn the ball over as much as we have and you can look at all the stats you want – losers. The only one that matters is the turnovers.”

Is that his way of slipping in there that stats are still for losers? Oh, you’re so sly, Raheem.

“The thing is, and we’ve been saying this all year, it’s not like it’s one guy who continually messes up or continually does this or that,” right tackle Jeremy Trueblood said.

I don’t have to say it, do I? Everyone is thinking it, right?

The article goes on like that for a while, but I think you get the point. Things were great last year, they’re not this year. Everybody we thought was awesome last year sucks this year, and so on. Merry Christmas from Roy Cummings — you get the gift of reality being thrown in your face.