TJax And The LotteryOctober 12th, 2011
Naturally, the subject matter du jour for Bucs fans was the NFL’s reinstatement of troubled Bucs safety Tanard Jackson from a year-long suspension for substance abuse Tuesday.
As one can imagine, this subject was discussed on Derek “Old School” Fournier’s Bucs-centric radio show, “Touch Football with Jaime Hanna” or some such thing, on WQYK-AM 1010. Joe’s not concerned with whatever cute name a radio show is called, Joe’s about content. When Derek is talking Bucs and he has former Bucs defensive end Steve White on weekly, that’s quality radio in Joe’s eyes.
“Old School” tries something novel by running a chat room during the show and if he sees something interesting there he will cite it.
During last night’s show, someone in “Old School’s” chat room wrote emphatically Jackson will be starting for the Bucs when they take the field Sunday against the Saints.
This sent White off on a mini-tangent.
“I’d like to know how someone knows this?” White asked. “I played football. I can’t say that. How does someone know this? How can someone say that? Wednesday is the lottery, right? I want some numbers from this guy.”
White is on to something Joe has referred to before. There is simply no way Jackson can be in football shape in five days to start.
Mind you, Jackson has had a grand total of one football workout with Josh Freeman in Bradenton this June since he was suspended 54 weeks ago. He has since been unable to work out with the Bucs, unable to work out at One Buc Palace, unable to watch film with coaches, nothing.
Joe’s guessing Jackson will play after the bye week, Nov. 6 at New Orleans, but that is simply just a guess.
White went on to throw ice water on Bucs fans believing Jackson will be playing at a Pro Bowl level right away. White noted that sitting out of football for an entire year, Jackson’s biggest stumbling block to overcome will be regaining his reaction time.
White brought up the sobering case of Plaxico Burress, who sat out two years serving a felony sentence in a New York state cage. Many Bucs fans were up in arms that Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik didn’t try to lure Burress. But as White pointed out, Burress, with the Jets in his first year back in the NFL, has been a non-factor through five games.
Unlike Jackson, White said, Burress is a wide receiver and offensive guys know where they are going and defensive guys normally react.