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REAR ENTRIES: Christmas Leftovers

December 27, 2012 at 11:43pm by Scott   •  3 Comments »

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MCCOY TO PRO BOWL: Gerald McCoy was the only Buccaneer selected to the Pro Bowl this season, a nice reward for a quality season. I thought he had been a little inconsistent, having had a couple bad games here and there. But the Bucs were a bad team for a good chunk of the season and it’s not like McCoy is going to win any popularity contests with any group of voters, so he must have been elected for his performance. Either that or they think the intensity with which the Bucs have rush the passer over the last couple games would be a perfect fit for the Pro Bowl.

Vincent Jackson and Doug Martin were selected as first alternates. And it’s a damn crime that Victor Cruz got in and Jackson didn’t. Jackson’s numbers are superior to Cruz’s in every category except “Number of Touchdown Celebrations That Got Old After About Six Games”.

HISTORICALLY BAD: Ira Kaufman posted a fun little factoid today that puts the Bucs’ defense in perspective.

If the Falcons throw for 252 yards or more Sunday, the 2012 Bucs will have surrendered the most passing yards in the NFL’s 93-year history

That stat doesn’t mean as much as Kaufman is implying since teams didn’t really start passing the ball so much until Don Coryell made it fashionable. But still, that’s a lot of years and a lot of yards. You can lay the blame on a lot of people, but Ron Cooper has to be at the front of the line. This may be what that player meant when he was talking about coaches going back to college.

FUCK YOU LOMAS BROWN: Lomas Brown was briefly a Buccaneer, so there is a Tampa Bay tie-in, but I honestly would have written about this anyway. Last week, Brown admitted that he one time intentionally whiffed on a block in 1994 so Scott Mitchell would get knocked out of the game because he was performing badly.

“We were playing Green Bay in Milwaukee,” Brown said. “We were getting beat, 24-3, at that time and he just stunk up the place. He’s throwing interceptions, just everything. So I looked at Kevin Glover, our All-Pro center and I said, ‘Glove, that is it.’ I said, ‘I’m getting him out the game.’ . . . So I got the gator arms on the guy at the last minute, he got around me, he hit Scott Mitchell, he did something to his finger . . . and he came out the game. [Lions backup quarterback] Dave Krieg came in the game.”

Very few things make me stare at the computer screen with my mouth agape, but this did it. I was completely floored not only that this happened, but that Brown is proud enough of it to recall it on the radio and not be apologetic or regretful about it at all. Oh, he kind of said something about regret a week later, but it was weak and hollow and I’m sure only said because the wrath of everybody who cares at all about football poured down on him after his admission. It’s one of the worst things I can think of that can happen on the football field — to intentionally betray the honor code of the game for the purpose of getting a teammate hurt. “Despicable” doesn’t begin to cover it. His name should be immediately removed from any Hall of Fame consideration and Scott Mitchell should be able to break Brown’s finger.

Wait, no. That’s not good enough. Mitchell needed that finger to do his job. Brown doesn’t need his finger to be an analyst except to jam it in his ass during commercial breaks. So Mitchell should be able to punch (lefty, natch) Brown in the throat so he has to sit out of his job for a few weeks and let someone else come in and replace him and do a better job. And even that wouldn’t be enough, but at least it would partially satisfy my need for vengeance. And I think we can agree that I’m the real victim here.

First HOF List Includes A Bunch Of Filler, Seven Bucs

October 29, 2008 at 10:56am by Scott   •  5 Comments »

The Hall will just never appreciate what Williams meant to the Bucs during those times.
The preliminary list of candidates for the Class of 2009 Hall of Fame Inductees is out, and you may want to check it because there is a non-trivial chance that you are on it. Holy shit, they really set the bar low for the first pass. Boomer Esiason? Kent Hull? Frank Wycheck? Wasn’t Wycheck in a professional wrestling match a while back? I think that should disqualify him immediately.

There are seven players on the list that had suited up for the Buccaneers.

Lomas Brown: Brown was an excellent tackle for the Lions, but really only started getting noticed around 1989 when Barry Sanders started running behind him. So did he suddenly get better, or did he just look better because he had possibly the best running back ever on his team? He was a high first round pick in 1985, and you could argue that he lived up to his draft status. But that doesn’t make him Hall material. His role on the Buccaneers was mostly as a veteran presence.

Joey Browner: Browner was a playmaker at safety with the Vikings, but his career was pretty much done when he was with the Bucs in 1992. If production and numbers are what is necessary for the Hall, Browner might have them. He tackled with authority and caused fumbles all the time. But he didn’t really do anything to revolutionize the position.

Randall McDaniel: McDaniel was the prototypical guard and blocked for some of the most explosive offenses in football. McDaniel could play just about any position on the line and was an elite lineman for most of his career and still had a little juice left in the tank when he came to Tampa. Remember that touchdown pass he caught? McDaniel should be in the Hall this year.

Hardy Nickerson: Really, the only guy on this list whose prime playing time came as a Buccaneer. Nickerson was a tackling machine and, more importantly, may have had the single most important role in completely re-shaping the Bucs into one of the league’s best defensive teams. He should be one of the first guys in the Buccaneer Ring of Honor, hands down. But is he a Hall of Famer? I see other linebackers on the list that should probably go before him.

Marvin Powell: Powell’s career will be judged on his time with the Jets and not the shitfest that was the Buccaneers from 1986-1987. He was definitely good, and he made guys like Freeman McNeil, Johnny Hector, Richard Todd and Ken O’Brien look better than they were. But his was not even close to a Hall of Fame career.

Reggie Roby: Roby made his mark with the Dolphins and I guess if you’re going to induct punters, Roby has as good a shot as any other good punter. I seem to remember he had a knack for landing them inside the 20 pretty often. He made it to a lot of Pro Bowls, I suppose. I dunno… until Ray Guy gets in, it’s a moot point.

Doug Williams: If you can get in the Hall of Fame based on your performance in one quarter of a Super Bowl, he’s in. Williams was tough and smart and underappreciated during his time with the Buccaneers, but taking into account the entirety of his career, I don’t see the Hall. One Super Bowl, regardless of how many barriers you break, isn’t enough.

So, there you have it. McDaniel might make it, but a lot of these first-timers are sliding in with little or no resistance, so it may be a while even for him. For example, I would bet that Bruce Smith and Rod Woodson get in on the first try. John Randle and Shannon Sharpe also have a shot at it; it depends on how many other guys got denied over the last couple years (Derrick Thomas should be a no-brainer) Again, Ira Kaufman of TBO.com is the local Tampa voter if you’d like to share your opinion with him on which Buccaneers should get in.