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Vols At The Combine

February 26, 2013 at 12:05am by Scott   •  5 Comments »

Big arm, bigger douche.
Since the combine is going on and I was asked about it (once, but I don’t need much of a window), here is the breakdown of the Tennessee Volunteers in the combine. This article is for a very small audience, so if you don’t care about Tennessee, go back to whatever it is you were doing. I’m sure it was incredibly important.

QB Tyler Bray: Bucky Brooks has as good a description of Bray at as anyone. He’s got the strongest arm in the this year’s draft (which is saying very little considering the awful QB class this year) and when he’s on, he can launch missiles into very tight windows, a la Brett Favre. And just like Favre, he thinks his arm can bail him out of any situation, so he throws balls that he should dump off or pull down and run with (which he is not good at). He threw 34 TDs and 12 INTs in 2012, which sounds great, but keep in mind that a lot of those touchdowns were against powerhouses like Georgia State, Troy and Akron. Bray’s TD/INT ratio will not look anything like it did in Tennessee until he can be a better decision maker. Plus he’s kind of a jackass. Value to Bucs: 5th round. He won’t be there.

WR Cordarrelle Patterson: Patterson is consistently listed at the top wide receiver in the draft. He’s got great measurables (6-2, 216, 4.42) and fantastic hands (rawr!) and consistently gets separation even from top-ranked corners. He moves through traffic easily and has great vision. Oh, and he would instantly solve the Bucs’ return problems. The only knock you might see against him is that he doesn’t get good jams on corners when he lines up on the line. It’s like he doesn’t want to make contact on the line, although he isn’t afraid to catch the ball in traffic. He’d prefer to fake you out. But that’s it. He’d be a great addition to the Bucs, but he’s going in the first round and the Bucs have many MANY other needs than wide receiver. Value to Bucs: 2nd round.

WR Justin Hunter: Hunter was the best receiver on the Vols until Patterson showed up. He’s got great height (6-5) and speed for that height (4.44). His best attribute is his leaping ability. He’s one of those guys you can just throw the ball up and let him go up and get it. But he has inconsistent hands drops some very catchable balls which is INFURIATING when it costs your team the game. Not that I’m bitter. He worked really hard to come back after an ACL tear, so I know he’s not a slacker, but he needs good coaching to work on his hands and being more of a willing blocker. He has all the physical tools, though. Value to Bucs: 3rd round.

TE Mychal Rivera: Rivera is a decent tight end who every now and then shows flashes of great athleticism to twist his body to catch a ball. His best assets are his hands, which are very reliable. And he’s a good blocker against lesser teams but can get overpowered against top tier SEC talent like Alabama, so you know he’s gonna get crushed in the NFL unless he can get stronger. The Bucs took a Tennessee tight end a couple years ago and that didn’t work out so hot yet. Rivera is a work-hard, meat and potatoes guy with excellent intangibles, but I don’t see him making a lot of noise in the NFL. Value to Bucs: 7th round.

OT Dallas Thomas: The offensive line was really the strength of the Vols last season and Thomas was a big reason for it. He’s got good punch and is a very smart player, able to counter defensive line moves and games. He never gives up on a block and can get nasty. He’s 6-5, 306 but has great agility, although he could probably stand to get stronger so he doesn’t get overpowered by the better bullrushers in the NFL. He has been successful against top SEC talent and, while I don’t think he’s ready to start out of the gate, I think would be a solid starter at right tackle in a year or so. The Bucs need a right tackle and I think Thomas has the best chance of being selected by them out of all the Vols. Value to Bucs: 2nd round.

To answer the question about any Vol defenders in the combine, no, there aren’t any. The only one who is even trying to get drafted is Darrington Sentimore, a defensive end who has made his share of plays for Tennessee, but will not be a player in the NFL.

Arron Sears Update

June 28, 2012 at 11:30am by Scott   •  2 Comments »

We'll never know how good he could have been.
Arron Sears left the Bucs abruptly in 2009 and no one would ever really comment on the reason other than it was “personal” and obviously had something to do with a mental or emotional issue. I have a special place in my heart for Sears who is a former Volunteer, a former Buccaneer and by all accounts a really nice guy. So this update by PFT from a lawsuit filed against the NFL saddens me because it definitely isn’t encouraging.

“Sears has almost total loss of function, is unable to care for himself and cannot take [care] of his day-to-day activities,” the lawsuit says, according to the Tampa Bay Times. “Further, Arron Sears has extreme displays of temper and anger with the appurtenant risk of causing harm to himself and others.”

I’m not going to use this entry to vent my opinions on concussion issues or how much responsibility the NFL or the individual has for those issues. I just want to wish Sears recovery. Or, if that’s impossible, at least some peace. Good luck, big guy.

Bucs Get Them Some Crompton Magic

August 05, 2011 at 02:56pm by Scott   •  10 Comments »

How can you not like a guy who keeps his high school mustache up into adulthood?
The Bucs hedged their bets on success for this season by signing another Tennessee Volunteer to their camp roster. Jonathan Crompton, welcome to Tampa.

With backup quarterback Josh Johnson scheduled to become a free agent after this season, Crompton most likely will battle Rudy Carpenter for the No. 3 spot.

Cromton was frustrating to watch sometimes because his accuracy was bad for a while, but his senior year was honestly pretty good. Carpenter has an extra year of being in NFL training camps and sidelines and that may be enough to keep Crompton from taking his job, but I don’t know if there is a significant skill difference between the two. But if it comes down to a beer chugging or tractor pulling competition, you should get your Crompton jersey now.

Bucs To Sign Nick Reveiz

July 25, 2011 at 11:41pm by Scott   •  No Comments »

Who's going to be the first guy to say he has a high motor?
Today has been a blur from beginning to end, but I had to get this bit of info out courtesy of Volunteer LB Shane Reveiz:

@WhoisTPoole it’s true. S/O to my bro, my friend, my role model Nick Reveiz for getting an oppurtunity with the Tampa Bay Bucs. 2 Cor. 5:7

Nick Reveiz was a Vol linebacker who came on huge in his senior season as the anchor of the linebacking corps. He went undrafted due to injury concerns and 5-10 height. He’s very strong, about 4.7 speed and a solid hitter. Top notch intangibles, a former walk-on who went on to be the starting MLB and a team captain. He’s exactly what Mark Dominik looks for in a Buccaneer. His natural position is the middle, so he’ll probably get thrown into the mix with Mason Foster and Tyrone McKenzie. If both Barrett Ruud and Adam Hayward leave in free agency, Reveiz’s chances get a lot better. But he’s still an undrafted free agent linebacker. Good luck, Nick.

Even Coaches Gotta Earn

April 01, 2011 at 02:38pm by Scott   •  No Comments »

The Leaning Tower of Olson
Players aren’t the only people whose earning potential will be affected by an extended lockout. Coaches are also in danger of having their salaries withheld until the teams are up and running again, the Packers and Jets being recent examples of teams who are cutting coaching salaries. Enter the NCAA, who is willing to pay anybody, including players. College coaching clinics are a good way for furlowed coaches to earn a couple bucks while they wait to let lawyers in Minnesota hammer out the details of how their lives will unfold.

The annual Tennessee coaching clinic will have an NFL flavor next week.

Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett and former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach will headline the three-day workshop at UT starting on Thursday, an event that will include two additional NFL assistants in Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray and Tampa Bay offensive coordinator Greg Olson.

So if you were wanting to see Greg Olson do his thing, stalk him up in Knoxville next week. There is still limited seating available in Mike Leach’s unlit garage.

More Details On Arron Sears’s June Arrest

March 09, 2011 at 09:59am by Scott   •  1 Comment »

Good luck to Arron.
With Arron Sears‘s court hearing coming up tomorrow, more details on the incident that got him arrested last June have been made public. And although those details involve cigars and beer, it’s not as much fun as it sounds.

According to the police report, on the day of the alleged battery, June 5, [Officer] Battaglia was summoned to the walkway connecting the hospital and a parking garage, where, the officer said, Sears was lying down. Battaglia wrote in a report that Sears “did display mental illness signs.” After another police unit responded, Sears eventually got into his vehicle and left, the report said.

About four hours later, Sears was returned to the hospital under the Baker Act after a Hillsborough deputy found him sitting in his truck “zoned out,” the report said. At the hospital, Sears became belligerent and continually attempted to leave his room despite his mother’s pleas and attempts to restrain him.

At one point, Battaglia wrote, Sears left the room and “demanded a beer and a black and mild (cigar). We informed the subject he could not have those in the hospital. The subject’s facial expression became aggressive and he stated, ‘You better get it or this place is going to blow.’ “

And then the Tasers came.

Arron’s mom has been granted emergency guardianship of him until this whole thing gets sorted out. The DA doesn’t sound like he’s going to be a prick and seems willing to try and get Arron help rather than send him to jail for another year or two. It’s a sad state of affairs for a guy who showed so much promise early in his career. No one knows if this is a brain disease that came up on him naturally or if it’s the result of head injuries from either college or pro ball. With the recent suicide of Dave Duerson and his insistence that his brain be studied for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, you have to think that football-related trauma is going to get serious scrutiny.

I wish Arron good luck at his trial and with his treatment, and I know all Bucstats readers do as well. Take it easy, big guy.

Chuck Smith Out As Vols DL Coach

February 07, 2011 at 10:08am by Scott   •  1 Comment »

Before all you Gator fans skip over this post, it actually might have some Buccaneer implications, so go ahead and have whoever is reading this to you keep going for a few more sentences.

Chuck Smith, the former Atlanta Falcons defensive end was hired as the Tennessee Volunteers’ defensive line coach last February. One year later, he is leaving UT as part of a “mutual decision”, which very likely means he is being fired.

In what was termed a mutual decision according to a school release on Sunday evening, UT announced the first departure under Derek Dooley‘s watch with defensive line coach Chuck Smith parting ways with his alma mater to “pursue other career opportunities.”

I bring this up on this blog because the Bucs are still looking for a defensive line coach and Raheem Morris has specifically said that he will likely come from the college ranks. Smith has worked with some of the current Bucs defensive linemen in the past at the camp he ran before he took the UT job, although that may not work to his benefit. I mean, you saw those guys. But to his credit, he has also worked with Albert Haynesworth, Osi Umenyiora and Shaun Rodgers. Whether or not he made those guys any better, you’d have to ask them. But I think Smith will at least be considered for the Bucs job.

If there’s no CBA by the March 4 deadline, coaches will be barred from communicating with players in any way. This means that coaches should be working with players right now, giving them agendas for how to conduct off-site training until the new deal gets done. You’d think that the Bucs would want to get that spot filled so the new coach could install whatever scheme he wants to run now and have the players work on it during the stoppage. Or maybe Raheem feels like he has this all under control and doesn’t need to rush to fill the position, especially considering he won’t have any players to work with in a few weeks.

Oh man, the Super Bowl was really it, wasn’t it? That was the end of football at least until training camp, maybe longer. Baseball sucks, NASCAR is boring, college basketball only has another month. Isn’t there a professional oil wrestling league somewhere? Even an amateur league would be okay. Actually, now that I think about it, I’d probably prefer the amateur league.

“The Game Is Over.”

December 31, 2010 at 09:38am by Scott   •  1 Comment »

I was in this same position at the same time.
NCAA Rulebook, section 1, article 3b (page FR-21): “The game is ended and the score is final when the referee so declares.”

The LSU game was bad enough, but I don’t think the ref ever got on his mic and said the game was actually over for that one. He certainly didn’t say it before the LSU players had their helmets off and were excessively celebrating their asses off, but that’s a different story. This time, though, the game was officially over when they went back and looked at shit. Next time you’re in court, remember that the judge banging the gavel means absolutely nothing.

More On Sears’s Summer Arrest

November 16, 2010 at 09:58am by Scott   •  No Comments »

Arron Sears mugshot from Saturday
Details finally came to light on what happened with Arron Sears this summer that got him arrested this weekend.

Sears was being hospitalized at the request of his personal physician under the Baker Act, which empowers police officers to take people who appear likely to harm themselves or others in for mental evaluation, said Tampa police spokeswoman Laura McElroy.

So last Saturday was actually Sears’s second Baker Acting. The first one was put on him by his own doctor.

In the June incident, Sears became combative when a nurse asked him to change into a paper gown, McElroy said.

If you were 360 pounds, would you want to change into a paper gown? Fuck no. In 2010, we don’t have a suitable substitute for a paper gown that allows doctors the “access” they need but also preserves privacy and some level of dignity? Whoever invents that will be insanely rich. We’re talking drug dealer-rich.

A police officer, who was there on extra duty because of a previous incident at the hospital in which it took 10 people to subdue Sears, stepped in when Sears fled the room, she said.

So there’s an earlier third incident, too. This just gets deeper and deeper. Plus… ten people? Man, I really wish he was still blocking for the Bucs.

That’s when Sears grabbed the officer’s arms and pushed his body against him. Sears also pushed a nurse, sending the nurse 4 or 5 feet into the air, McElroy said.

The officer used a Taser to subdue Sears and he was eventually returned to his hospital room.

I once sent a nurse flying four or five feet in the air, but for an entirely different reason. Why would you stand so close to me during a prostate exam?

The officer pressed charges against Sears in hopes he would receive court-mandated medical health counseling, she said.

So the officer pressed charges in June, but Sears wasn’t arrested? There’s no arrest record for Sears from back then, and the warrant was still open when he was arrested in Saturday. How did he get out of getting arrested on the spot in June, especially considering he had just assaulted a police officer? That’s the part I don’t understand.

At least he’s getting some kind of treatment now and can hopefully start down the path to recovery from whatever it is he has. It would be interesting to find out if this can be linked to football-related concussions or if it’s just something he was born with. During this period of heightened awareness for wide receivers and defensive backs getting concussions, Sears’s situation could also give much-needed attention to the big guys up front who take more helmet-to-helmet hits than anyone. Again, good luck to Sears.

Arron Sears Was Baker Acted

November 15, 2010 at 01:22pm by Scott   •  2 Comments »

Arron Sears
No jokes here, people. Arron Sears was found “wandering” the Citrus Park section of Tampa on Saturday afternoon and, because of an outstanding warrant for assault on a police officer, was arrested.

Based on his behavior, deputies decided Sears needed to be held for a mental health evaluation under the state’s Baker Act, which allows people considered to be a danger to themselves or others to be held for as long as 72 hours.

I put the word “wandering” in quotes because it’s kind of a loaded word. He could have just been walking, but I think I have to give the police the benefit of the doubt here based on Sears’s history. Evidently, Sears still has an address in Tampa about a mile from where he was arrested.

“I can’t go into much detail, but if he had not had criminal charges, he would have gone to the hospital for evaluation, not jail,” said sheriff’s office spokesman Sgt. Larry McKinnon.

I don’t remember ever hearing about Sears being in trouble this summer. I guess unless the arrest actually happens, not much gets reported. But Sears is obviously in some kind of altered state because everything I’ve ever heard about him is how amiable he is.

Sears, who played left guard at Tennessee, was drafted by Tampa Bay in 2007 by former coach Jon Gruden and general manager Bruce Allen.

Just as a point of clarification, Sears played offensive tackle, not guard, at Tennessee.

I don’t know who’s supposed to be watching out for him or helping him get the care he needs, but Sears obviously needs some professional help and guidance. I wish him all the best.