Raheem Acknowledges Hovan’s Leadership ValueApril 30th, 2010
It’s hard to guage how much, if at all, the Bucs value leadership.
They cut longtime locker room leader Derrick Brooks and purged many other veterans last year. And despite drafting two defensive tackles, they cut Chris Hovan this week, their most experienced defensive tackle and a proven leader. The Bucs seem destined and determined to become possibly the youngest team in the NFL at all costs.
Speaking to the dean of Tampa Bay sports radio, Steve Duemig, yesterday, Raheem The Dream praised the effective leadership of Hovan without being prompted.
We started last year getting a guy like Roy Miller in here, getting him acclimated with the system. He was able to be groomed by a guy like Hovan, a guy like Hovan with toughness, a guy like what he did in practice, how he was able to push Hovan, how he was able to learn from Hovan in the classroom, and how he was able to grow from some of those guys. But now it’s his show. And now with the two young guys that we’re bringing in here, it’s their show now. And they’ve got to drive us from the bottom up. And they’re going to have to drive us from where they come in. And they’re going to have to fill a role right away. And they look forward with it.
Joe’s excited to see Gerald McCoy and Brian Price take the field, but surely it would have been a wise, effective investment for them to have Hovan here to mentor them. Raheem The Dream all but spelled that out.
If Hovan was so beneficial to Roy Miller …
Now Team Glazer just told us “money will never be an issue” when it comes to building the Bucs. So Joe can’t figure out why a proven leader and a healthy 10-year veteran like Hovan is gone and 30-year-old Ryan Sims, whose career has been a disppointment, is still on the roster.
Surely, the $4 million due Hovan in 2010 couldn’t have any thing to do with that. Right, Team Glazer?