Has “The Plan” Changed?November 9th, 2011
The Albert Haynesworth signing has Joe wondering whether the Bucs’ grand master build-through-the-draft plan has been altered and, if so, why?
Clearly Haynesworth is Exhibit A of why not to rely on a free agent. And he’s pretty high on the questionable character list. (Joe’s being kind.)
Yet here he is — on his way to Tampa to join and influence the “yungriest” unit on the Buccanners.
Hell, two weeks ago after the injury to Earnest Graham on The Raheem Morris Show, the head coach told a caller asking about a Tiki Barber signing that Tiki was like a family member to him but the Bucs were all about building through the draft and staying within the organization so don’t look for Tiki.
Now all along rockstar general manager Mark Dominik has said that free agency is to be used when you fail in the draft. Michael Koenan is the easiest example.
So barring a new philosophy in place, one can only surmise that the Bucs see a significant element of failure among their last three picks at defensive tackle, in addition to needing a live body.
Don’t get Joe wrong. Joe’s dying to see Hayenesworth resurrect his glory years. And if he does, look for the Bucs to get a lot more comfortable bringing in veterans next year.