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Because DTs Are So Easy To Come By

August 31, 2012 at 04:08pm by Scott   •  No Comments »

Frank Okam gets all the free water he can before he gets cut.
The Turk started his rounds today, cutting the first few players the Bucs need to get down to 53:

The Bucs also have cut defensive tackle Frank Okam, linebacker Rennie Curran as well as running back Mossis Madu and safety Larry Asante, as we told you last night.

Hey, I was a little busy last night. Don’t get nasty.

Curran and Madu aren’t surprises, and Asante could have gone either way. But I’m really surprised about Okam. He’s a good player and the Bucs need guys who can play defensive tackle. At this point I can only assume the defensive ends will be locking arms in a Red Rover-type stance in lieu of actual defensive tackles.


July 30, 2012 at 10:45am by Scott   •  4 Comments »


MARTIN IN THE LEAD: According to the Times, who had more hedges in their statement than field at Sanford Stadium, Doug Martin is in the lead for the role of starting running back. Martin is taking starting reps in practice and gets more of them than LeGarrette Blount. All of this should surprise absolutely no one. When you trade up into the first round for a new toy, you want to play with it right away.

FUMBLE!: Sunday was the team’s first day practicing in pads, so there was going to be some hitting going on. During one of the team drills, Mossis Madu fumbled the ball. And if it’s one thing Greg Schiano won’t tolerate, it’s fumbling. And everything else he doesn’t like.

“We certainly have a ton of stuff we have to work on. It was sloppy. But I think every time you add a different variable to the equation, you’re going to get a little bit of that. So we add the pads, we add contact, you start thinking about some of those contact related things and you start messing up your assignments or you jump off-sides.

“Penalties, missed assignments. We had one ball come out, which that just can’t happen. A ball carrier can not put the ball on the ground, period.”

Madu’s head has been stuffed and mounted in the team cafeteria as a reminder to the rest of the players to hold on to the football.

JACKSON GETTING HIGH MARKS: The guys at Pewter Report are good at spotting the little details at camp that most of the other publications miss. In one of their camp articles, they gave the most effusive praise to Vincent Jackson that I’ve seen in a long time.

There’s nothing Jackson does not do well. From route running to catching to blocking – Jackson is heads and shoulders above the rest of the receiving corps.

His work ethic is just as impressive as his playing ability.

In blocking drills, Jackson was impeccable;

Not bad. But Jackson is going to have a lot of attention on him this season, so the other receivers really have to figure out how to get separation and take and take advantage of all the coverage flowing to Jackson. PR says Mike Williams isn’t looking so hot yet and, of course, Arrelious Benn is out for a while. But, as everyone has been doing this offseason, they give high marks to Tiquan Underwood. If things continue this way, do not be surprised to see Underwood overtake Williams for the #2 receiver slot. Schaino will not hesitate to reward consistency with playing time. Being from Rutgers doesn’t hurt Underwood’s chances, either.

Truly A Throwback Game

December 06, 2011 at 09:55am by Scott   •  10 Comments »

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Sitting back and watching Josh Johnson, I don’t think he played any worse than Josh Freeman has been. He scrambled more and took a couple extra shots downfield, which I think is an improvement. But a lot of the time he also looked uncomfortable in the pocket even when the protection was good. The low point had to be the interception he threw when he got the snap early. He’s got enough years behind hi now that he should know better. His highlight is probably the 42-yard pass to Mike Williams, which was perfect. But honestly, it’s kind of a wash.

LeGarrette Blount only got 11 carries on Sunday, but he never touched the ball after 6:21 left in third quarter. At that point the score was 31-12. Three scores down, but with 21 minutes left, I still wouldn’t have quit on the run game. Even when the Panthers were stacking the box, Blount got a couple six-yard runs in there. Mossis Madu looked like an upgrade over Kregg Lumpkin, but I’m not sure why feeding Madu the ball instead of Blount is a good idea. To be fair, Madu did gain more yards than Blount on fewer carries, but I’ve never seen Madu break six tackles on the way to the endzone, either.

And why, right after Blount gets six yards on back to back carries, is that the time to run a reverse on third and 2? That reverse to Arrelious Benn hardly ever works. I don’t know if the formation gives it away or the players aren’t selling it good enough, but it is rarely ever this big breakaway play that they want it to be. A first down would have put them at the Carolina 15. Instead, Benn lost 12 yards on the play and forced a field goal.

Jeremy Trueblood got handled by Charles Johnson. Johnson had a sack, three TFLs and a pass defensed. Bad day at the office for Trueblood. I didn’t notice anything else awful about the offensive line, but I’m not sure if that bad snap was Jeff Faine‘s fault or Josh Johnson’s.

Defensively, Da’Quan Bowers established himself as a real contender to start. Bowers was a machine all day long — 1.5 sacks, 8 tackles, 5 TFLs. With him on one side and Adrian Clayborn on the other, the Bucs may have found a pair of defensive ends to grow with them.

I don’t know what Brian Price did, but every indication is that the decision to send him home was an overreaction by Raheem Morris. If it isn’t bad enough for the officials to eject him from the game, it shouldn’t be bad enough for Raheem to do it. I think Raheem was just waiting for someone to make a stupid mistake and make an example of him. Too bad it was Price because he’s one of the best defensive players they have right now and from everything I’ve ever read or heard from him is a kind-hearted kid. For as many scraps as Aqib Talib has gotten into on the field, for Price to be the one sent home for that kind of infraction is seriously messed up. It’s a power move, and a coach with full control of the locker room doesn’t have to make them in that fashion. If it works, maybe Raheem gets everyone’s attention. But if it doesn’t and he loses control of his team, he’s finished. It’s a huge risk he took doing it.

I’m not sure the team even has linebackers anymore. I see Mason Foster making plays, but he can’t do it by himself. If any group needs to be blown up and started over from scratch, it’s this one. And please, when you do it, move Foster back to WLB where he played in college.

The secondary could have been a lot worse without Talib, but overall it wasn’t terrible. E.J. Biggers gave up a big one to Steve Smith, but I was actually impressed it was only one. Smith only caught two passes all day.

And we all know that Ronde Barber wasn’t supposed to tackle Cam Newton on that option play, right? If Barber had released his man and went after Newton, Newton would have just flipped the ball to the guy Barber just left and he would have been the one to make the big gain. I’ve seen people complain that Barber should have just “made the play”, but he was exactly where he was supposed to be.

What happened to Tanard Jackson? Dude seems to be getting plowed more than I remember.

Connor Barth, Bucstats salutes you for being the most consistent player on the team. Maybe it was you who had the championship hair all along.

Baby, I love your way.

That’s about all I can fake my way through right now. Sorry it wasn’t funny or anything. It’s just so hard to care about this game. The good news is that the Jaguars look even shittier. The Chargers hadn’t won since forever and they destroyed the Jags last night. Blaine Gabbert looks awful and no one seems to give a shit in Jacksonville, either. We can call next week’s game the Apathy Bowl, sponsored by Valium!

REAR ENTRIES: Freeman Never Even Mentioned Once

November 01, 2011 at 03:15pm by Scott   •  2 Comments »

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INJURY UPDATE: After their week off, most Bucs are back at practice today. Gerald McCoy, Sammie Stroughter, Jeff Faine, Tanard Jackson and LeGarrette Blount are all practicing. The only one not practicing is Jeremy Zuttah, which is more of a loss these days than it used to be for some reason. Speaking of Blount, the Times confirms that he will be back into his starting position for the Saints game this Sunday. And not just that, he’s going to be on the field a lot more on third down, mostly because he’s the only running back they have.

“Oh yeah, I know I’m going to play third downs in this game,” Blount said. “I’m probably not going to play all of them, but I know I’m going to play quite a few of them. I’ve shown that I know the protections and I know the routes and everything and I can catch the ball, so that’s going to help us out tremendously. It’s going to let me stay in the game a little bit longer and play a lot more snaps, so I’m excited.”

The other options are Kregg Lumpkin and Mossis Madu, who was just elevated to the active roster from the practice squad last week. I’m looking forward to seeing Madu in a regular season game, but dread him doing really well. If he breaks a couple big runs up the middle, the headlines about Mossis parting the Gold and Black Sea will be unbearable.

BUCS SIGN SAFETY: The Bucs added a safety named David Sims today. Pewter Report calls him an “ex-Giant”, but that’s being generous. Sims is an undrafted free agent out of Iowa State that spent an abbreviated offseason in New York and was released in final cuts, so he’s pretty much a college player that ran out of eligibility. But the Bucs only had to release Christian Yount to make room for him, so we’re really just trading one player you never cared about for another. But since Sims isn’t white, at least we won’t have to listen to anyone compare him to John Lynch. That’s a plus.

GRAHAM GETS DOCKED: The Achille’s injury Earnest Graham suffered will end up costing him $340,000 in roster bonuses. Graham’s contract calls for him to receive $37,812 for every game he is on the active roster. This is how teams protect themselves a little bit against injuries. I know it sounds harsh, but it’s better than when Hugh Culverhouse was in charge and would have just broken into Graham’s house and stolen $340,000 worth of stuff.

REAR ENTRIES: Time For A Little Strajiddy

October 21, 2011 at 10:09am by Scott   •  11 Comments »

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(HT Bugs Bunny)

LEGARRETTE BLOUNT STILL OUT: Earnest Graham should get the start again since LeGarrette Blount didn’t practice at all this week. Something I didn’t mention but should have is the signing of Chad Spann, a rookie running back who went undrafted out of Northern Illinois. I’m not sure what this says about Mossis Madu, but it’s not good. Madu looked decent in the preseason, but evidently not good enough for games that count. Spann is on the active roster and considering the depth at the position, may actually be active for the game. Spann is listed at 5-8, 202 and runs about a 4.5 40. I’m sure he has other characteristics as well, but they don’t mean as much to me right now.

INJURY UPDATES: Mason Foster and Michael Bennett returned to practice today after sitting out with some injuries earlier in the week. The Bucs’ site says there’s “reason for optimism” concerning their availability for the game, so they’re in. Gerald McCoy is did not practice this morning and is said to be a “game time decision”. Sammie Stroughter will probably not play this Sunday. Kellen Winslow practiced yesterday, but the Times felt the need to list that fact like this:

TE Kellen Winslow (chronically sore right knee) also practiced.


GUESS WHO THE BUCS WON’T KICK TO: In a strategy straight out of Sun Tsu’s mouth, Raheem Morris has revealed a key to winning Sunday’s game: Keep the ball out of their best player’s hands. Try not to pass out from overgasping.

Coach Raheem Morris said he hopes punter Michael Koenen can knock the ball out of bounds and boom kickoffs through the end zone to avoid the Bears record holder.

Devin Hester set the NFL mark with his 17th kick return for a touchdown last week.

I’d like to remind everyone that this is only Hester’s sixth season. And he spent at least one season not returning kicks because the brain trust in Chicago wanted to “save him” for the offense. You know those records people say will never be broken? At the end of his career, we’ll be saying that about the number of kicks/punts he returned for touchdowns. So yeah, don’t kick to him.

“No. Devin Hester will have to go against our Pro Bowler, hopefully, our Pro Bowler, a grass skirt guy if we can get him into one, in Michael Keonen,” Morris said.

I stared at that for about 20 seconds before I realized what Morris was saying when he called Koenen a “grass skirt guy”. In the context of the whole quote, it makes sense even though it’s awkward, so I’ll let it go. Too bad. It’s been a while since we’ve had a real quality Raheemism. Some reporter out there needs to mention underwear in a press conference question and see where he goes with it. He may just need a push.


October 14, 2011 at 10:40am by Scott   •  5 Comments »

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GRAHAM TO CARRY THE BALL: LeGarrette Blount is out for the Saints game and it appears that Earnest Graham will be the primary ball carrier.

“You look at him in practice this week and he looks fresh,” guard Davin Joseph said. “He’s a little upbeat knowing he’s going to get to carry the rock.”

So far this season, Graham has 18 carries for 84 yards, a 4.7 YPC average. Not bad. And he hasn’t been playing as much as he did last season because it turns out Erik Lorig really can play fullback. So maybe Graham is fresh, but he’s no Blount.

“There’s no one way to replace what LeGarrette Blount’s able to do,” coach Raheem Morris said. “We don’t have anybody (that is) physically like that.”

In order to train to run more like Blount, the Bucs should dress mannequins with Kerry Rhodes‘s jersey and have Graham practice hurdling them. Do they make mannequins with sad and defeated faces? I mean, besides the sex ones.

FOSTER NOT PRACTICING: Mason Foster has missed the last two days of practice with an ankle injury. No decision has been made on his availability for the game.

If Foster is unable to go, the middle linebacker duties will be split between Adam Hayward and Quincy Black, who would move over from his strongside position on passing downs. Black, who did not play last week at San Francisco due to an ankle sprain, fully participated in practice Thursday.

Frank Gore ran for 125 yards last Sunday, much of it coming up the middle. But that game was 48-3 and pretty boring. I’ll bet the Saints didn’t even watch it.

BRADFORD RELEASED: You can only crash head-first into a wall of people so many times before a team will decide that they don’t want the liability for the inevitable neck injury. Yesterday was Allen Bradford‘s day.

RB Allen Bradford was released Thursday, leaving only two healthy tailbacks — Earnest Graham and Kregg Lumpkin — and increased speculation that the team might sign or trade for another back.

Mossis Madu is on the practice squad, so if they feel the need for another running back, they’ll probably just elevate him to the regular roster. He looked decent in the preseason and a lot of people were calling for him to make the team instead of Bradford. It just goes to show that teams should always cave in to fan pressure because we’re always right. Especially me. So, when does the Chris Simms/Luke McCown competition heat up again?