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Who Needs Cornerbacks Anyway

March 22, 2013 at 01:27am by Scott   •  8 Comments »

This is Danny Gorrer. No, you were not expected to know that.
If you didn’t think the Bucs’ cornerback situation could get any worse, you don’t have enough faith. The Redskins signed away E.J. Biggers, the only cornerback on the team qualified to start that hasn’t been busted for using “Adderall”. I”m going to go ahead and just copy and paste the Bucs’ current cornerback roster because you probably wouldn’t believe me if I told you who was on it.

36 Gorrer, Danny CB 6-0 180 26 4 Texas A&M
29 Johnson, Leonard CB 5-10 202 22 2 Iowa State
28 Rogers, James CB 6-1 183 23 1 Michigan
37 Tandy, Keith CB 5-10 205 24 2 West Virginia
21 Wright, Eric CB 5-10 200 27 7 Nevada-Las Vegas
26 Gaitor, Anthony DB 5-10 182 24 3 Florida International
23 Lewis, Myron DB 6-2 203 25 4 Vanderbilt

Gorrer and Johnson have each had their moments and have potential as developmental projects, but neither is a legitimate starter now. I have honestly never heard of James Rogers and think he may just be a name the Bucs made up to fill out the roster. Tandy has made a total of 3 tackles in his NFL career. We already discussed Motorhead. Gaitor is in the same category as Gorrer and Johnson, although he may have a higher ceiling. And Lewis has been given every opportunity and still can’t seem to get on the field even though the three aforementioned non-qualified starters can.

And I know I railed against trading for Darrelle Revis, and I still think it’s a bad idea. But at least it’s an idea. I mean, if the trade goes down, they would have something to work towards and look forward to, right? That deal looked dead a couple days ago, but now it appears to have picked up some steam.

A source “close to the negotiations” between the New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers tells King that the Bucs likely would be willing to give their first- and second-round picks in the 2014 NFL Draft for Revis. The Jets are expected to get no less than first- and third-round picks in a possible deal, according to King.

The Bucs want the first round pick to come in 2014 and the Jets want this year’s pick. That’s the hold up. Otherwise, it sounds like the Bucs really want to get this done.

Both King and the New York Daily News indicate that the Bucs are willing to pay Revis big money. They are willing to give up valuable picks. They clearly want Revis. It shouldn’t be that hard to settle on what the picks are before the NFL draft.

So that explains why they haven’t snagged one of the several respectable corners left on the market. But it’s not like they don’t need a couple options. They could get Revis, Nnamdi Asomougha and still select a corner relatively high in the draft and be justified in doing it because you know those older guys are only a one or two year Band-Aid.

If the Bucs don’t do something about the corner situation, I recommend just blitzing 11 on every play. The first couple times they did it, at least it would be fun to watch.

REAR ENTRIES: Can Any Of My Readers Play Guard?

November 15, 2012 at 12:48am by Scott   •  5 Comments »

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MEREDITH ON CRUTCHES: So here’s a fun little tidbit. Jamon Meredith, the guy nobody heard of a few months ago and who has been on the team briefly enough that the Times needed to run with a photo of him in a Giants uniform and who is currently starting in place of Davin Joseph, rolled his ankle and is questionable for Sunday.

“We don’t have that many more moves left,” coach Greg Schiano said.

That made the sight of starting RG Jamon Meredith leaving the locker room on crutches Wednesday afternoon concerning. He was limited at practice after rolling an ankle. The severity of the injury was unknown.

[emphasis mine because holy shit.]

The article says Roger Allen is his backup. I know the Bucs have had some good luck with all the line shifting so far, but they’re digging so deep into the roster that I don’t know who these people are. If Allen gets hurt, they may want to just put a big foam helmet on Captain Fear and stick him in there.

LEONARD JOHNSON’S PICK SIX: The Tribune has a nice personal interest story about Leonard Johnson couched in the story of his pick six last week. It’s well-written, it’s got heart without being sappy, and heaven help me it’s by Martin Fennelly. Seriously, he just kind of lets the story happen and doesn’t get in the way too much with his nonsense. It is the best piece I’ve read of his in years. Maybe the Mayans were right.

PRO BOWL: If you haven’t done it already, go to the Pro Bowl site and vote every Buccaneer into the Pro Bowl. So far, Ronde Barber is leading the free safety vote. Everyone says it’s just a popularity contest, which is fine since being popular is more important than ANYTHING.

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.

Rookie Minicamp

May 07, 2012 at 12:43pm by Scott   •  1 Comment »

Rookie Minicamp 2012

Since the Bucs had a rookie minicamp and a ton of tryout players in over the weekend, there are a lot of good little stories out there to catch up on.

First off, here are the transcripts from Greg Schiano‘s press conferences on Saturday and Sunday. According to Schiano, he plans to keep 22 to 29 rookie free agents and tryout players on the roster. That seems like a lot, but since the roster limit has been raised to 90, I guess they’ve got the room. One of the tryout guys Schiano is holding on to for a while is former LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson who, if you remember the BCS Championship Game, is awful. So backing up Josh Freeman right now are Dan Orlovsky, Brett Ratliff, Zach Collaros and Jefferson. Can teams contractually encase their quarterbacks in carbonite between games? Because that seems prudent.

Also hanging on is former Iowa State CB Leonard Johnson. Johnson is a Clearwater native who went to Largo High before going to college in Iowa, so there’s some local interest in how he does with the Bucs.

Last year as a senior, Johnson and his Iowa State teammates hosted the then undefeated Oklahoma State Cowboys. Johnson drew the short straw and was matched up on star Cowboys’ receiver Justin Blackmon. Blackmon was held to 99 yards receiving, and Johnson nabbed an important interception in the Cyclones upset win over OSU.

At first I thought it wasn’t really a compliment to point out that Blackmon got 99 yards on Johnson, but then I remembered that it’s Iowa State and a star receiver should absolutely crush a team like that, so I do consider it a win for Johnson. Johnson is fortunate to play a position that is still a need for the Bucs, so we could see this piece of meat hang around for a little while.

In a post-draft analysis of Mark Barron, Mike Mayock as a man who has no hobbies and is 100% business. Barron seemed to back this up in a rookie minicamp interview this weekend when the subject of how little he talks came up.

Mark Barron will eventually connect with Bucs fans, but it won’t be orally.

Congratulations to Rick Stroud for disappointing female Bucs fans while simultaneously making the rest of us wretch. Seriously, no editors at all?

“I am a serious guy. But, I mean, I can have fun,” Barron said Saturday, the second day of the Bucs’ rookie minicamp. “It ain’t to the point where I can’t have fun. I will talk. But I ain’t the type when I walk into the room where I’m going to talk to everybody.”

Remember when the Bucs drafted Gerald McCoy and he would act all goofy and we wondered if he would take his job seriously? Yeah, that’s not a concern here.

The Tribune did a piece on seventh-round pick Michael Smith, who got engaged during the draft. I guess everyone starts getting bored on the third day.

“She knew it was going to come eventually,” said Smith, who finished as Utah State’s career leader with an average of 7.1 yards per rushing attempt. “We got engaged and I got drafted, so everything worked out. It was a plus and a plus.”

Aww, isn’t that sweet? I don’t know any girl who wouldn’t swoon at being called “a plus”. Back off, ladies, he’s spoken for!

Fresh Meat

May 01, 2012 at 11:11am by Scott   •  2 Comments »

The best picture of Collaros I could find. No, not really. But the only one I wanted to use.
After the draft concludes (and in reality several hours beforehand), teams scramble to sign their favorite players that didn’t get selected. And now that offseason rosters have been expanded from 80 to 90 players, teams are going to fill out that number with a whole lot of these undrafted free agents. The Bucs themselves signed 14. Here’s a fun game: Give yourself a point for every name you recognize. If you score more than 0, congratulations, you are more qualified than I am to run this blog.

WR Luther Ambrose, 5-8, 185, Louisiana-Monroe
LB Ryan Baker, 6-0, 236, LSU
QB Zach Collaros, 6-0, 183, Cincinnati
C Chaz Hine, 6-4, 295, South Florida
FB Cody Johnson, 5-11, 255, Texas
CB Leonard Johnson, 5-10, 196, Iowa State
DT Donte’e Nicholls, 6-2, 312, Tennessee State
WR Tyler Shoemaker, 6-1, 213, Boise State
T Bradley Sowell, 6-7, 316, Mississippi
S Tramain Thomas, 6-0, 204, Arkansas
TE Tyler Urban, 6-5, 249, West Virginia
G Michael VanDerMeulen, 6-7, 304, Toledo
CB Quenton Washington, 5-10, 195, South Florida
T Desmond Wynn, 6-6, 303, Rutgers

I know Collaros only because Cincinnati played Tennessee last year. That’s it for me. If I had to predict players to make the roster based on nothing but their stats above, I’d say the Rutgers tackle has a good shot because Greg Schiano knows him and the tackle positions are established, so there won’t be any real play for a starter. And the Bucs like to be kind to USF students, so Washington may get a little more attention. Other than that, it was basically a trip to the meat market.

On a slightly different note, see what the shitty naming trends of the 90s has wrought us? Adults named Tyler, Chaz and Cody.