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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.

Quincy Is Done For The Season

November 14, 2012 at 01:10pm by Scott   •  3 Comments »

Just once, instead of a thumbs up, I want to see someone do the 'Walk Like an Egyptian' thing with their hand on the stretcher.
The bad news is that Quincy Black is done for the season. The Bucs put him on injured reserve yesterday. The good news is that the prognosis is good for a complete recovery, although his left arm is still iffy.

Black has use of his left arm but doctors believe there could be nerve damage and are waiting for the swelling to go down before ordering further tests, according to his agent, Marc Lillibridge.

“It’s not like he’s not using that left arm,” Lillibridge said. “They expect it to all come back and time should help it heal, but they got some tests they want to finish. They don’t know exactly what it is yet, because there’s trauma to the area.”

“Trauma to the area” is putting it mildly; that was a vicious hit. Ryan Mathews just up and walked away from it and Black’s season is over. One inch one way or the other is all it takes to make the difference. I’m really glad he’s going to be okay. It could have been worse. A lot worse. After Greg Schiano‘s experience with Eric LeGrand, he must have been a wreck. Good luck, Quincy.

Surprise! Well, At Least A Couple Of Them

August 06, 2012 at 01:47pm by Scott   •  1 Comment »

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Stephen Holder wrote a piece about the five biggest surprises in camp so far. Somehow Brian Price being traded away for scrap iron didn’t make the list, so congratulations for Holder for seeing that one coming, I guess. Dallas Clark‘s performance so far is #1, and I guess it makes sense that people might think he’d take practices off or be extra-careful with his injuries, but I’m really not surprised that he’s doing well.

Holder is also surprised by Quincy Black, as am I. But he has looked good in camp before and then when the games start, he seems to make all the wrong decisions. This new scheme may be helping him out.

And defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan seems willing to let Black do what he’s best at: pursue. The sixth-year veteran out of New Mexico said he’s being asked to do less reading in this scheme, and it’s no coincidence he seems to be making more plays.

Holder also lists Myron Lewis as a surprise even though he doesn’t exactly rave about him. Maybe the surprise is that he’s still around. Demar Dotson also makes the cut, although I’m not shocked he’s doing well. The Bucs’ tackle positions have been locked up for a few years now, but everyone has always been high on Dotson.

The last player to surprise Holder is Dan Orlovsky. Dan was able to identify the thick, white stripe at the back of the endzone as the “bad place” where you aren’t allowed to step right out of ten times. Way to go, Dan!

Not Good Enough But Better Than Expected

November 21, 2011 at 12:29pm by Scott   •  7 Comments »

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So, yesterday’s game wasn’t a wretched piece of shit that makes you embarrassed for yourself and your community, and that’s a definite step forward. In fact, it was actually a pretty good game by the Bucs and if they had played it against just about any other team, they probably would have won. But they played the Packers and they’re made of pixie dust this year and Aaron Rodgers is the perfect combination of EVERYTHING so here the Bucs sit at 4-6. At least my Volunteers beat Aaron’s brother, Jordan, who plays for Vanderbilt. But even that was too close for comfort. If the Vols had lost that one, I would have had to add the Rodgers family to my list of families to kill. But first, the Baldwins. Except Alec. I still loves me some 30 Rock.

Josh Freeman calmed down and had a relatively decent day. I’d still like to see him pull the ball down an run a little more when the opportunity is there (like on his interception to Tramon Williams when he had Arrelious Benn in front of him to block), but overall he wasn’t bad. He wasn’t betrayed nearly as much by his wide receivers as he has been in the past either, making for a 78% completion percentage.

Mike Williams looked like his old self. Maybe he called Fred Biletnikoff and bought some of his super-secret invisible Stickum. I didn’t notice any drops, so whatever works. Beautiful touchdown slant, too.

All the other receivers — Benn, Dezmon Briscoe, Preston Parker — came through in clutch situations. I’m guessing Eric Yarber changed the punishment for dropping a pass from carrying a football around in your arms all week to carrying it around in your ass like Christopher Walken did with Butch’s watch. Sometimes you just need the right motivation.

I’d like to point out that Connor Barth is kicking at over 90% right now. I’m not kidding when I say he should be considered for MVP of the team so far.

Hey, LeGarrette Blount had 18 carries and broke a long one for a touchdown. Who’da thunk it? Oh wait, ALL OF US THUNK IT. I don’t care if you give Blount the ball ten times and he gains nothing. There’s a very good chance that on the eleventh one, he’s going for 60 yards. He ran for 107 with a 5.9 YPC average and one of the mod spectacular runs you’ll ever see. That run is up there with the best of Mike Alstott‘s.

Adrian Clayborn and Brian Price were twins yesterday, both getting a nice sack and a tackle for loss. I still can’t help but wonder how dominant Price would be if he were allowed to play 3-technique. Albert Haynesworth is playing it and didn’t have a great game.

Rodgers tested Aqib Talib because he’s been on the skids lately, but Talib really stepped up with three passes defensed.

E.J. Biggers: Still awful. And then Myron Lewis replaced him and he was no better. Is Elbert Mack really their best option as a third corner right now? It may be time to bend the rules of the new regime and pick up a good veteran cornerback in free agency next offseason. Lewis is a third-rounder and isn’t quite panning out.

Raheem Morris chewed Quincy Black a new asshole after he gave up that touchdown. I really hope it gets through to him. Black has all the physical tools to be awesome, but somehow he keeps missing plays. I thought this linebacker corps was going to be the strongest unit in the defense and maybe one of the better ones in the league, but it’s really been disappointing. Yesterday wasn’t terrible and the Packers’ running game was held to under 100 yards, but then again the Packers aren’t really a running team.

Morris’s decision to go for two early in the fourth quarter was fucking stupid and someone needs to tell him. I’m sure it seems real tough and gritty to go for two and it says that you have confidence in your offense, but you can’t leave any points on the table against a team like the Packers. If they had just kicked the PAT, they would have actually been in the game at the end. You only go for two when time dictates no other option. The onside kicks didn’t bother me, although someone needs to work with Michael Koenen on getting the ball ten yards down the field. Successful onside kicks can really flip momentum and steals a possession from a hot offense like Green Bay’s. So yeah, go for them. But take your points where you can.

What a shame about that early punt that never happened. Punters are so well protected by the rules that Jacob Cutrera wasn’t going to just tackle him like he could have. So I don’t blame the Bucs for that one — it was just a freak play. I can’t believe I actually used Cutrera’s name in a write-up.

If the Bucs can keep up this level of play, they can win between 4-6 of their next games. At this point, I’m not seeing playoffs in the future, but I can see them ending the season on a positive note. I just hope that a good ending doesn’t make them forget the shit they went through in the first ten games and that they remember the deficiencies and holes in their team when the offseason kicks in.

At Least They Got A Vacation Out Of It

October 25, 2011 at 10:29am by Scott   •  9 Comments »

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So much for that thing about getting to London early and getting all settled in. The Bears barely arrived before kickoff and they looked fresh as fucking daisies. The Bucs just don’t travel all that well. Last season looked good with wins in San Fran, Arizona and Seattle, but last year all those teams really sucked. With the level of competition knocked up a notch this year, the travelling thing becomes an issue again.

Are we allowed to say that Josh Freeman has regressed? Is that allowed or are the Bucs too invested in him to let even the slightest doubt creep into the public discourse? I understand that since there was no running game, the Bears could key in on Freeman and play the pass. But Freeman is FORCING the ball several times per game. I’m dumb as shit and even I can see it. Ten passes defensed in addition to four interceptions is a lot. He’s staring guys down and making bad decisions. All this can be corrected, but if he doesn’t have an effective running game to take some pressure off of him, there aren’t going to be a lot of good decisions out there to make.

And even when Freeman makes a good decision and gets the ball to the right guy, his receivers are dropping more balls than normal. Are they that surprised that the ball touches their hands? And is it just me, or did a lot of receivers seem to hit the ground awfully fast after they made a catch? That may have just been my imagination, but it really seemed like guys would catch the ball and then just kind of sit on the ground.

Kregg Lumpkin is not the answer at running back. I know it’s a controversial statement, but I’m making it. He’s not good at anything. If you follow the SEC, you’re not shocked by this. I know the mentality these days is that you can just grab a running back from a D-III school and plug him into your system and he’ll be fine, but that’s not turning out to be true. The position isn’t as plug and play as the draft analysts would have you think. There’s a reason why players like Matt Forte can still excel even with a shit offensive line. They’re actually good. Some kind of real depth will have to be acquired in the offseason. In the meantime, the Bucs need a reliable stopgap since Earnest Graham is out for the season. You know who would be good? Cadillac Williams. Oh wait.

I just got an email that mentioned Tiki Barber as a possibility. I’m deleting that person from my address book. Tiki may remember enough to get in a rushing linebacker’s way and be a decent pass-protector, but I wouldn’t count on him rushing for any significant yardage, and that’s what the Bucs need. A real running game will solve a lot of problems. When does LeGarrette Blount come back again?

Did Arrelious Benn dress for the game? He’s on the starting roster, but Freeman looked to him exactly once. With Mike Williams sucking ass this season and admitting as much publicly, it seems like to would be smart to look to other guys. Benn is the best YAC player on the team. Put the ball in his hands and let him do good stuff with it.

Dezmon Briscoe played a lot instead of Benn. Maybe Benn was hurting? Briscoe looked good, but even he dropped his first pass. Nice touchdown, though.

Aqib Talib‘s fourth quarter personal foul may be the dumbest penalty I’ve ever seen. Holy shit, that was stupid. Talib needs to take the entire defense out to dinner for holding the Bears for three more downs. It didn’t get back the time that was wasted, but at least they had a shot.

And Ronde Barber owes Talib a kick in the balls for making that sack irrelevant on the first third down. Barber almost took the snap from center, that’s how fast he came off the ball. It was an incredible play that was completely overshadowed by Talib’s loose cannon. That was Ronde’s 27th career sack. He’s a cornerback. That’s insane.

Oh, and Ronde got the first safety of his career on Sunday, too. It was a big day for him. The Bucs did a write-up on it here.

How many tackles did Quincy Black miss? A thousand? Start Dekoda Watson. He has the physical specimen thing down and he is a more sure tackler.

Adam Hayward is mad at the world for some reason and he’s taking it out on opponents, which is awesome. He laid a couple dudes out on Sunday.

Adrian Clayborn owned his blocker. Some players have regressed since the preseason, but Clayborn is one of the few that has gotten steadily better. I wasn’t sold on him during the draft, but I’m becoming a believer.

This game seemed pretty typical of the Bucs this season. Start out slow and count on Freeman to pull out a miracle at the last second. I think we’ve all said that they can’t keep that up forever, and it looks like we’re right. It’s not a recipe for long-term success and that’s the mantra this team has been chanting for three years now. Building from the ground up so they can have a consistent winner. But winning consistently comes with playing consistently and scoring consistently, not sucking for three quarters and then magically scoring four touchdowns.

Okay, I’ve waited long enough to post this. Your thoughts in the comments.

Foster To Make Defensive Calls

September 23, 2011 at 08:37am by Scott   •  6 Comments »

His first practice with the team was a month ago, by the way.
With Quincy Black injured, it looks like Mason Foster will be the one making the calls on the field.

Coach Raheem Morris said that rookie middle linebacker Mason Foster will wear the radio helmet and stay on the field regularly if strongside linebacker Quincy Black can’t play against Atlanta on Sunday.

Is… is this a good idea? I mean, I don’t know Foster and maybe he is just this good, but it seems like a player needs more than two games and a slapdash training camp to be ready to make all the defensive calls. Then again, with Black out, who would be the guy if not Foster? Geno Hayes? Probably not. Cody Grimm? I don’t think the safety usually makes these calls. Without more experience at linebacker, they’re almost forced into this.

How To Make It A 60 Minute Game

September 19, 2011 at 11:39am by Scott   •  13 Comments »

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I sat here for a few minutes trying to think of some different angle to take on this article besides focusing on the slow start the Bucs are becoming famous for. But I just don’t see a way around it. It’s like a chick with a unibrow. It’s so obvious and ugly that it has to be addressed.

Maybe it would be better for everyone if the Bucs just spotted the opposing team 14 points coming off the bus. If the NFL doesn’t allow that, just don’t let the defense take the field for two snaps. Let the other team grab two touchdowns against air and then start the game. Maybe then we’d get a full 60 minutes (or at least 59) of good football out of them. Some people just have to have their backs up against a wall in order to perform. That report has to be due tomorrow even though you had all semester to work on it or you have to wait until December 24th to do your Christmas shopping. That’s fine, I accept that we root for a team with a whole roster of those types of guys. But there’s no reason for us as fans to have to watch all the bullshit that leads to the crisis. That seems unnecessarily mean. Anyway, onto my random observations.

Is there any doubt now that you just keep handing LeGarrette Blount the football regardless of how it goes early on? Very few running backs are like Adrian Peterson, who are spectacular from the beginning of the game until the end. Most take a little while to get going. Blount may be one of those guys, but he has proven time and again that he has it in him to break a big one at any point in the game. His 27-yard touchdown is exactly the kind of play that pumps a team up for the rest of the game. And he finished with 5.5 YPC. Good job by Greg Olson to not panic like last week.

Speaking of good calls by coaches, the onside kick was a great move by Raheem Morris. Even if it hadn’t succeeded, I would applaud it. He’s making decisions to win the game. Go big or go home.

And good work by Michael Koenen for executing the onside kick. I wondered why the Bucs paid so much money for a punter when the old punter was getting the job done, but I guess this is why. I’ll shut my mouth about it now.

You have to think Josh Freeman benefitted from the threat of the run in the second half and that’s why he was passing at a 75% completion rate at that point. He passed for 52 yards in the first half, 191 in the second.

Mike Williams had one catch for -4 yards. That touchdown that was negated because of an illegal shift penalty was awesome and it’s a shame it won’t be shown in highlight reels. But that was really his only play. He seemed to have trouble getting open yesterday.

There have been some comments on this site about not knowing what was so special about Preston Parker. He may not be the most talented receiver on the team, but he leads all receivers now with 142 yards in two games. Maybe it’s because no one is paying attention to him because they don’t know who he is, but he’s getting open and making plays.

Jeremy Zuttah replaced Ted Larsen at left guard and didn’t do anything to lose the job for next week. He made a sweet block on Blount’s second touchdown. I’ve always been kind of down on Zuttah, but if his presence helps the running game, leave him in.

Quincy Black played like dog shit. My understanding is that he was hurt and that’s why he was replaced in the second half, but why was he on the field as long as he was in the first place? He missed a ton of tackles and couldn’t get off blocks. Dekoda Watson replaced him and was an instant improvement.

I thought Mason Foster had a decent game despite his pass interference call, but is he an improvement over Barrett Ruud? The complaint everyone had about Ruud — that he made tackles while being dragged around — seemed to be the case for Foster yesterday. It’s hard to blame him, though, when he’s playing Adrian Peterson. Holy shit, that guy is good.

Speaking of being dragged around, the announcers twice described Cody Grimm as “hanging on for dear life” while trying to tackle Peterson. That’s never good.

I don’t have a lot to say about the defensive line right now. I need to go back and watch them specifically. I do know that the Bucs had two sacks, but neither of them were from linemen (and was one of those where McNabb fell down? Because no one should get credit for that.) I also saw Adrian Clayborn slam a dude to the ground after chasing down the play from behind and also knock down a pass. I also saw Clayborn bite hard on bootlegs and get caught out of position.

Overall, you can’t bitch too much about a win, so I won’t. I guess we’re just going to have to get used to the fact that most weeks are going to involve getting down early and coming from behind. At least you know you can show up late and not miss anything. Your thoughts in the comments.

He’s Right, He Should Be On The Field More

September 13, 2011 at 10:04am by Scott   •  2 Comments »

Ooh, I want gloves like that.
And so it begins.

It didn’t take long for our boys in the media to try to start stirring up shit. The title of this article could have easily been “We got away from our game plan”, which is the message LeGarrette Blount was really conveying. But because he said “I should be on the field more”, that’s what they went with.

“I feel like … I’m a playmaker on this team also, so I feel like I should be on the football field more,” Blount said.

“We got away from our game plan. We got away from getting me the football; we got away from giving Mike (Williams) opportunity balls. It was just things like that … I don’t know if we panicked, but we kind of got away from that really early.”

No one has called Blount a malcontent yet, but this little nugget will be stored away so we can refer back to it if he says something similar in the future, even if it doesn’t tell the whole story. Watch for it.

The story here for now is that Raheem Morris admitted that he pulled away from his core plan of giving Blount lots of carries.

“That’s not how we want to win games,” Morris said. “We want to win games with Blount bludgeoning you for 130 yards and us having a couple of play-action bombs and being efficient with (quarterback Josh Freeman).

“When we go to that two-minute offense like that, we kind of take Blount out of the game. That’s something we don’t want to do. We have a weapon in Blount. We want to run the ball with him.”

I agree, and I’m sure that’s a relief for the coach. I do, however, like the hurry-up, which isn’t the same as the two-minute offense. The two-minute drill is to preserve time, so you can’t go to the run too much. The hurry-up is just doing everything faster without a huddle and keeping the defense from making substitutions — getting them tired. There seems to be a lot of merit in that because whenever I see a team use it, something good usually happens. What if the opponent were in a nickel or even a dime defense and the Bucs went to the hurry-up and ran Blount right at those skinny defensive backs? I dunno… just thinking out loud.

But as long as Morris was taking responsibility for the gameplan, he went ahead and dished out some criticism where it was due.

“We need better plays out of our studs,” Morris said. “We needed Quincy Black to play bigger, Geno Hayes and some of those guys to play better and bigger for us. Talking to my coaches, I thought we kind of blinked a little bit. Some of our young players did blink a little bit.”

If by “blinked” he means “disappeared”, then yes. Black was everywhere in the first half and then all of a sudden POOF, he was gone. Seven tackles in the first half, one in the second. Hopefully he doesn’t mean the play where Black tried to put the ball back in bounds and it got covered up by Rob Sims from the Lions. There were three Bucs right there where he was tossing the ball and he probably wasn’t sure he had both feet in bounds before he tossed it. He had to make a decision and he made it.

This post kind of went all over the place, but that’s how the original article was written so I just kept following it. But I think it all boils down to running the ball with authority, sticking to your gameplan and tackling for the entire game. I’ll waive my motivational speaker fee this time.

So The Lions Are Better Than The Bucs Now

September 12, 2011 at 11:49am by Scott   •  14 Comments »

Can't let the post go by without a little patriotism.
This entry is a little late in coming, partly because I’m having a hard time sorting out all the things that went wrong with this game. There’s just SO much that sucked. You know how you’ll see something that sucks, and you’ll go “Holy shit, that really sucks!” But then it gets worse and you don’t think it can possibly suck anymore? But then it does and you just stare at it with your mouth agape wondering if you’ve reached the maximum allowable suckitude in the physical universe? But then it continues to suck even more and you consider writing your Master’s thesis on how you just witnessed the breaking of the Universal Suck Limit? Yeah, that was yesterday.

You know what the Bucs missed most of all about this offseason? Live tackling. Did they conduct even one practice this year with live tackling? I don’t think so. And they still didn’t do much of it yesterday. Tackling was sloppy as shit and every time I looked up, the Lions were breaking tackles and juking Bucs out of their jocks. The stat line says the Lions only rushed for 3.6 YPC, which I find unbelievable. I must be thinking of yards after a reception because it seemed like they would have double that the way they were bouncing off tacklers.

Still, the Lions ran the ball 35 times for 126 which is still getting the job done. The Bucs gave LeGarrette Blount the ball five total times. Earnest Graham, their third-down back, got six carries. Three of those came on third or fourth down with one yard to go and Graham missed all three, fumbling one of them away. A lot of that has to do with the blocking of the offensive line, which couldn’t open up any holes for the backs. Still, one yard. A good running back can’t pick and pound his way for one yard without fumbling? Everyone knew the Detroit defensive line was going to be tough, and it seems like the Bucs went in unprepared for what they saw. Pass-protection wasn’t bad but those pockets seemed to get smaller and smaller.

Calvin Johnson is a fucking monster and the match-up between him and Aqib Talib was one-sided. Talib got his pick six off of Will Heller, a guy he has no problem guarding. But against Johnson, forget about it — at least for now. Johnson had six catches for 88 yards and 2 TDs. He was such a no brainer on draft day that even Matt Millen took him.

The Bucs spent the last two drafts on defensive linemen. Yesterday, the Bucs got zero sacks and zero quarterback hurries. Chew on that for a couple minutes.

On a happy note, did it seem like Sean Jones kind of came out of nowhere yesterday? I saw more of him in the Lions game than I remember seeing all last season. He led the team with eight tackles and one of them looked like he almost killed the dude. He did miss on that long TD by Johnson, though. He was supposed to provide help over the top but was out of position.

I suppose we have to get to him eventually. Josh Freeman did not look sharp. He was constantly scrambling when it didn’t seem necessary, he was off target on several throws (including an overthrow to Luke Stocker which would have been a touchdown) and looked more like a rookie than he has in a long time. He looked like he found his groove in the last two minutes of the first half, but the Lions were giving up a lot of those passes up the middle to keep the clock running. So Freeman found a rhythm against a Cover 2 shell — everything else seemed to give him a hard time. I thought maybe he had shaved his head again, but evidently not.

Freeman's wildcard fro.

It’s not to championship length, but it’s adequately funky enough to beat the Lions. I’d say it’s wildcard hair right now.

Highlights: Kellen Winslow, Sammie Stroughter, Mike Williams‘s ridiculous touchdown, Quincy Black in the first half. There was some good stuff to take from the game, but overall it was a poor first showing and does not make me optimistic for the rest of the season. The good news is that the rest of the NFC South lost, so we’re still tied for first!

REAR ENTRIES: Voices In My Head

August 15, 2011 at 11:49am by Scott   •  7 Comments »

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BLACK’S MAGIC HELMET: Barrett Ruud was the man to wear the green dot on defense last season, but with Mason Foster as the team’s choice to replace him, Raheem Morris went with Quincy Black as the defensive player to receive instructions from the sideline through his helmet.

Oh Brünnhilde, you're so wovewy.

Black called the plays in the huddle during Friday’s 25-0 preseason win at Kansas City. But while Black was the only player to speak in the defensive huddle, he said Foster was responsible for adjusting the formations and checking to another defense.

Black is comfortable with the responsibility and it makes sense since he will be on the field in nickel packages while Foster comes out. But for some reason, the only image I can come up with in my head is of opera Elmer Fudd.

GOOD CLAYBORN ARTICLE: Rick Stroud put together a nice article on Adrian Clayborn‘s childhood and motivation. Here’s my favorite quote, from Donald Penn via Morris.

“Penn asked me the other day, ‘Which one of those arms don’t work again?’ ” Morris said. “He said, ‘He just punched me with both of them and they both hurt.’”

I didn’t realize Clayborn lost his brother to street violence? Didn’t Brian Price lose a couple brothers the same way? What a horrible bond for those guys to have. There’s some serious emotional stuff going on on that defensive line.

MOORE KNOWS WHAT YOU’RE THINKING: Kyle Moore is aware of your criticisms.

“I’m here for sacks, and I don’t have many of them,” Moore said.

Any. Preseason doesn’t count. You don’t have any.

“If I can’t get that, then I really haven’t accomplished anything until I get back there a bunch of times.

“I’m on a mission right now.”

It’s nice to know he’s motivated, but when your team spends their first two draft picks on your position, it’s time to worry. The good news is, though, that they allowed Greg White to walk away in free agency and held onto Moore. The coaches still see something in him.

“He’s healthy for the first time being here,” Bucs coach Raheem Morris said. “He went out and executed the game plan that his coaches gave him. He made some great inside moves, some great outside moves.

“He rushed inside, he rushed outside. He was on it. He played fast, he played smart and exactly how coaches wanted him to.”

Two sacks is nothing to sneeze at, but he has looked good in preseasons before only to get lost during real games. There’s some decent depth on the line now and a few guys who are guaranteed jobs, so Moore is in the middle of a numbers game that needs to be settled on the field.