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Mark Dominik Is Clairvoyant

August 31, 2012 at 04:58pm by Scott   •  3 Comments »

I didn't get the pick because I got high.
At some point we’re going to have to accept the possibility that Mark Dominik can see into the future. It’s the easiest explanation for his uncanny ability to know exactly when to let a player go. Latest example: Tanard Jackson.

Tough loss for the Redskins, safety Tanard Jackson has been informed he’s been suspended indefinitely with a review in a year for violation of NFL Drug Policy. He’s still trying to appeal

A lot of people thought Jackson deserved another chance based on his talent. Dominik knew it was time to move on, and he did. Dominik may not get every draft pick exactly right, but no one does since everyone goes into the draft with a lot of unknowns about how a player will do in the NFL. But once a player is part of the team, Dominik keeps his eyes and ears open and knows when a player is going to be too much of a pain in the ass to hold onto. Which is why I’m done second-guessing the Amobi Okoye release. If Dominik is done with him, so am I. Let’s keep track of how many games Okoye plays in the rest of his career, and how many of them he was effective in. I’ll bet it’s really small.

And still, good luck to Jackson. I really hope he finds the help he needs to beat this.

Bucs Finally Cut Tanard

April 10, 2012 at 12:16pm by Scott   •  10 Comments »

So, at safety the Bucs have.... umm...
I was hoping for a story to come along and save me from having to write about Warren Sapp‘s bankruptcy, but this isn’t the one I expected.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have cut safety Tanard Jackson for a failed physical, general manager Mark Dominik said this morning.

It’s not like this is the most surprising thing I’ve heard and most of us felt a little trepidation when he came back after his suspension. But it’s still disappointing. When he picked off a pass in each of his first two games back, I think we all felt pretty good about his future. He was a good player.

“As an organization, we’ve decided to terminate, failed physical, Tanard Jackson,” Dominik said. “It’s a decision we decided to make for the football team and just for our organization. We obviously talked to Tanard today and wished him the best on his future endeavors and with his next organization. But it’s something we felt we wanted to do as an organization and needed to do.”

I think if Jackson simply wasn’t in shape, the team would have hung with him and gotten him up to speed. It’s got to be more, and most likely they found out that he was taking/doing something he shouldn’t have been. And when you’ve been suspended twice and still can’t get straight (whatever the latest problem is), yeah, you gotta go.

Dominik said he was unaware of any positive test for a banned substance or impending penalties from the league office.

“It’s all about becoming the best Buccaneer possible,” Dominik said. “That’s what growth is. And we want this football team to accelerate. That’s what it’s about.”

He may not have gotten it from the league, but something tipped Dominik off that Jackson wasn’t right. Jackson is a huge talent and you don’t dismiss that over a failed physical unless the guy gained 100 pounds or something.

Dominik said Jackson had shoulder surgery in the off-season and is expected to be ready to return to action by June. But Jackson had not handled his rehabilitation to the Buccaneers satisfaction.

Oh come on. He was lazy with his shoulder rehab and that’s why you cut him? I’m not buying it. They just hired a disciplinarian head coach. Surely they’d let him take a whack at Jackson before pulling the plug, right? Nothing like a new, hard-ass coach to give a player a kick and make him fall in line.

Jackson said he was unaware that the Bucs were unhappy with his decision not to rehab in Tampa Bay or that it ultimately led to his release Tuesday.

“I really don’t know, maybe it was because I wasn’t doing rehab here in Tampa after surgery but doing it in New Orleans with trainers up there,” Jackson said. “They just said they were going in a different direction. That’s the way it was given to me.”

Yeah, that’s not it, either. Players train and rehab in different places sometimes; it’s not that unusual. I’m not going to bitch about the decision because I don’t know what the Bucs have obviously learned about him, but I’d bet real money that a failed physical is just the excuse to let him go. Anyway, good luck, Tanard. Please take care of yourself.

So now Cody Grimm is the best safety on the roster. Go ahead and let that sink in for a minute.

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: Practice Makes Tolerable

November 10, 2011 at 12:35pm by Scott   •  5 Comments »

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HAYNESWORTH PRACTICES: Albert Haynesworth was just claimed off waivers yesterday afternoon and is already practicing today, so that’s at least something. He’s wearing #95, the same number John McCargo was wearing, which somehow seems extra mean.

The Bucs have three healthy defensive tackles with Haynesworth in the fold, with Frank Okam still sidelined by a calf injury today.

I didn’t know this, so the waiver claim make a little more sense now. A little.

Haynesworth participated in all segments of practice that were open to media, essentially the first 30 minutes of the workout. Part of that period was dedicated to individual defensive line drills, which Haynesworth handled seamlessly.

I heard that although he is in a 4-3, one gap scheme now, the grass on the field was not to his liking. “What is this? Bermuda? I’m a fescue player, everybody knows that! I can’t play on this shit. I think I got cramps,” he was not quoted as saying but probably did.

DOMINIK DISCUSSES HAYNESWORTH: If you want to feel a little better about the Haynesworth claim, you can read Mark Dominik‘s conference about it here. He says he watched every snap Haynesworth played for the Patriots and was impressed enough to take him. Or, probably more accurately, not disgusted enough to pass on him.

I counted seven quarterback pressures, No. 1. That was important. I counted about 15 disruption plays. I counted eight total tackles, which isn’t tremendous. But again, he’s playing in a 2-gap system. I’ve always felt that Albert Haynesworth is a 1-gap player, and I feel Albert Haynesworth feels that way as well.

I never doubted that Dominik would do his homework on a player, so I’m assuming he sees enough out of his performance to justify claiming him. That’s not even really my concern. The question of his character and his not-performance-related issues was never addressed or at least isn’t in the article I just linked to. If he embarrasses the Bucs in front of the Tampa Bay community by drunk driving or going 90 in a school zone or some other bullshit, that’s going to be a black eye that will take a long time to fade (that’s not a face-stomping pun).

PRACTICE UPDATE: Tanard Jackson, Ronde Barber and Mike Williams all practiced today after missing yesterday. Jackson and Williams were both nursing minor injuries and Barber was having his head waxed. That’s CHAMPIONSHIP BALDNESS, baby!

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.

Guess Who Just Got A Contract Extension

October 27, 2011 at 03:15pm by Scott   •  2 Comments »

Stand up before someone thinks you passed out.
How many players come off a suspension for over a year, then two weeks later get a contract extension? I don’t actually know the answer, but I know it isn’t zero because it just happened to Tanard Jackson.

The Bucs saw fit to make sure they kept Jackson around longer, approaching him with the contract extension last week. The new deal calls for Jackson to make a base salaries of $1.454 million this season and $2 million in 2012, according to figures from the NFL Players Association. Before now, Jackson’s contract was scheduled to expire at the end of this season and he previously was on the books for $600,000 in base salary for 2011. It’s not clear what, if any, portions of the contract are guaranteed.

It’s hard to argue with the Bucs’ logic on this one. If Jackson wasn’t in the last year of his contract, they might have waited until next year just to make sure he doesn’t slip into some old habits. But with Jackson being a free agent after this season, they had a decision to make. And if they believe Jackson’s problems are behind him, they’d be morons to not lock him up. Did I mention two interceptions in two games back? He just needs to get back into game shape so he can stay on the field for the full 60 minutes and he’ll in the Pro Bowl next year. Also, with the suspension still fresh on everyone’s minds, the Bucs probably had a little leverage to keep Jackson’s price down for the next couple years. Nice move by the Bucs.

REAR ENTRIES: Running Out Of Backs

October 26, 2011 at 11:20am by Scott   •  5 Comments »

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INJURY UPDATES: LeGarrette Blount, Sammie Stroughter, Gerald McCoy and Mason Foster all practiced for the Bucs today, although Blount was only out there for a little while. Jeff Faine, Tanard Jackson and Jeremy Zuttah sat out. Jackson could spend all week in Bangkok for all I care as long as he shows up on Sunday. When you miss 56 weeks and then have two picks in two weeks, you get to make your own practice schedule.

EARNEST GRAHAM DONE: In case you missed the brief mention of it yesterday, Earnest Graham was put on injured reserve. He tore his Achille’s in the Bears game, although him hopping around on one foot may have actually gained more rushing yards than Kregg Lumpkin.

MORE GRUDEN TO DOLPHINS TALK: Just a couple weeks ago, Jon Gruden signed a five-year extension with ESPN, so of course Florio wants you to think that it’s all just a big sham and that Gruden really wants to get back into coaching again BECAUSE EVERYTHING IS A CONSPIRACY.

Cole says that Gruden, who signed an “exclusive” five-year deal with ESPN that kicks in next year that apparently doesn’t preclude him from returning to coaching, “told more than a few folks” while in Miami for the Week One game between the Patriots and Dolphins “that he’ll be ready to go next offseason.” (Last year, Gruden’s son blurted out that the former Raiders and Bucs coach could be coming back to the game in 2012.)

Oh, well when you put the word “exclusive” in quotes like that, I can see how you might think Gruden isn’t sticking with ESPN. And with his kid saying last year (before Gruden signed an extension) he could come back to coaching in 2012, yeah, it’s a slam dunk.

Or it could be that after a settling in period, Gruden has become one of the better football analysts on TV right now and he wants to get better at it.

“I spent 26 or 27 years in coaching, 18 of them in the NFL. I want to focus on this and get better every day.”

Sometimes people are just telling the truth and are actually happy with their current jobs.

Well That Didn’t Take Long

October 13, 2011 at 03:09pm by Scott   •  4 Comments »

This spooky picture comes from three days in the future.  OOOOOOOHHHHH!
Tanard Jackson had his first practice in 56 weeks yesterday, and that’s all the Bucs needed to see to determine that he is better than any of the other options they have at safety.

“There is definitely a chance (he could play). We had a really good meeting last night. He was spitting out some of the coaching points. He was finishing my sentences, which is a good sign. Then this morning we had another good meeting. We will see how the week goes as he progresses and how he looks on tape in practice and then we will make that decision before game time.”

They probably wouldn’t even put it out there as a possibility if it wasn’t going to happen so we’ll probably see a roster move before the game so they can activate Jackson. But how do you feel if you’re Corey Lynch? The guy who has been suspended for a year is still a better option than you.

Jackson Is Back, Son

October 12, 2011 at 09:34am by Scott   •  6 Comments »

After seeing the Bucs lose 48-3 on Sunday, Roger Goodell saw fit to throw them a bone and reinstated Tanard Jackson. “We can’t have them getting slaughtered like that. People might stop going to games in Tampa,” the commissioner probably said.

Teammates have said Jackson has been maintaining his conditioning and preparing to play as soon as his ban was lifted. Jackson participated in workouts with teammates in player-organized workouts during the NFL lockout in June. He appeared to be in good shape and presumably hadn’t lost the instincts that made him an instant starter as a rookie, in 2007.

It’s harder to see if those smaller guys are in bad shape when they get back from an extended absence. Linemen are easy. They either turn into fat sacks of crap or they don’t and it’s instantly evident. So we’ll have to wait and see on the field if he’s really in shape.

Jackson is in the final season of his rookie contract with the Bucs, but the team is not obligated to put him back on its roster. Given that he has been twice suspended for drug use, it was thought that there might be some pause from the organization. But the need at safety combined with Jackson’s immense talent make his return a virtual certainty.

If Aqib Talib is still on the team after the offseason he had, there’s no way Jackson was getting cut loose for drugs. And with the need at safety, I’m not sure what Jackson could do to get kicked off the team. It would probably have to involve dogs, though. That seems to be the one thing you can’t do (cue Tracy Jordan from 30 Rock rounding up a bunch of dogs).

Jackson spoke briefly about his reinstatement.

What is it like being back?
“It is good to be back. Fifty-six weeks. Wow.”

I’m sorry, does someone HAVE to ask this fucking stupid question every time? “What’s it like to…” only makes sense if the answer isn’t obvious. What was he going to say with the general manager right next to him? “I wish they have waited a couple more weeks. I was almost on the leaderboard for MW3.” Reporters, if you feel yourself getting ready to ask a “What’s it like to…” question, shove your fist in your mouth and chew until the temptation passes. Thank you.

What activities have you been doing?
“Working out. In treatment I was able to go to the gym do some things to try and stay in as best shape as possible with the resources I had at the time.”

The Bucs have two weeks to make a decision on whether or not to keep him, but of course they are, so they really have two weeks of a roster exemption before they have to cut someone and activate Jackson. It’s good to have him back. He’s saying all the right things now, but then again he was saying all the right things after he got suspended last time. There’s a big difference between four weeks and 56 weeks, though (at least I think so — someone should do the math) and maybe that extra time finally made it real for him. Let’s hope so.

Grimm Probably Out For Season

September 27, 2011 at 01:14pm by Scott   •  9 Comments »

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Raheem Morris admitted that Cody Grimm‘s “MCL is messed up“, but Stephen Holder says he’s being told that Grimm is headed for injured reserve. Morris is saying it’s time for the next Wolf to step up. Because you can never drive a movie reference into the ground. Think, McFly, think!

“It will be a battle this week,” Morris said. “We’ve got Corey Lynch, and we feel great about how he finished the game. But we also have Larry Asante who’s been standing (on the sideline) with a baseball cap for a little while because we like Devin Holland on special teams.

“So, we’ll let Larry and Corey battle this week, and we’ll (determine) who plays or who gets the most amount of playing time. You know me, I can play any one of them or both of them any kind of way.”

Coincidently, Tanard Jackson is eligible for reinstatement and is better than all three of those dudes combined. I imagine as soon as that cart came out to take Grimm away, the Bucs were on the phone with the Ginger Hammer reminding him not to go nuts with that “indefinite” suspension thing.

Lynch looked good in place of Grimm (after that first bomb to Julio Jones) and that fourth down pass break up was awesome. He’s actually better in coverage than Grimm, and I’m guessing Lynch wins this contest without much of a fight. But as soon as Jackson gets reinstated, all that goes out the window.