Is The King Of Turds About To Be Flushed?June 3rd, 2010
Boy, how things are different in Raheem the Dream’s second year as Bucs coach.
Last offseason all Joe heard about was “violence” on defense, 2-2-1 running back rotations and how the Bucs tight ends would be major weapons in the red zone.
Well, Joe hasn’t heard much about the defense being violent of late, the 2-2-1 tailback rotation is just as much history as Chucky and Rachel Watson, and Joe is wondering what happened to the King of Turds in the red zone?
To be fair, Joe has to acknowledge that to the best of his knowledge, the King of Turds has been a model citizen since coming to Tampa Bay.
But the lanky tight end seemed to have vanished last year — hardly used. eye-RAH Kaufman, of the Tampa Tribune, believes this is not an accident, that tight ends aren’t that big of a weapon in a Greg Olson-influenced Bucs offense.
As a result, the King of Turds may not be with the Bucs when the team breaks training camp this August.
Stevens, an imposing target at 6-foot-7, caught seven passes from Byron Leftwich in the first two weeks, including a TD reception at Buffalo, before disappearing from the attack. Stevens caught only eight passes in the final 14 games and never found the end zone again, failing to establish a rapport with the 6-6 Freeman.
Now the Bucs must decide whether Stevens, who turns 31 in November, can be productive in Olson’s offensive scheme. Stevens hasn’t generated any off-field headlines in his three seasons with the Bucs, but he has a checkered past and he’ll need a solid training camp to regain the confidence of a coaching staff that has been overhauled since Jon Gruden was dismissed after the 2008 season.
Joe just wonders if the Bucs do keep blocking icon Michael Clayton at wide receiver — which Joe believes will happen — then could King of Turds lose his job as a result? If Clayton is kept, that would likely mean there will be a glut of receivers, perhaps as many as six.
Because of that, Joe could see the King of Turds getting flushed.