“I Didn’t Have The Strength”May 29th, 2009
Pat “Vacation Man” Yasinskas, the NFC South beat writer nicknamed for failing to watch a Bucs game last season, has cranked out a feature story on Gaines Adams and the disappointing first two seasons of his career.
Adams spoke candidly about his shortcomings.
“I didn’t have the strength to rush with anything more than my speed,” Adams said.
Joe was troubled and encouraged at the same time while reading this feature.
Adams has ramped up his commitment level and intensity in offseason training in the weight and film rooms. That’s a good thing, of course. But why wasn’t a major fire lit under his rear to get after it in previous seasons?
When evaluating a player, there’s nothing more obvious to coaches and players than a lack of strength. One has to wonder where was Derrick Brooks, or Monte Kiffin, or any of the other coaches and past leaders of the defense to drag Adams’ ass to the weight room over two seasons?
Of course, nobody can force a player to be totally committed, and Vacation Man explains that Adams was not considered a slacker. But ultimately, somebody from past Bucs’ leadership should have found a way to motivate a big-money young player like Adams.
It would be a major feather in the cap of Raheem The Dream if his regime can turn Adams into a well-rounded, 10-sack defensive end, or better.