Geno Gives Himself An “85”March 1st, 2012
It sure seems like we’re now entering the final minutes of the Geno Hayes era in Tampa Bay.
Hayes is an unrestricted free agent. The Bucs can do better for a starting outside linebacker. And while Hayes proved Taser-proof and alarm-clock challenged, those likely aren’t qualities Greg Schiano is seeking in his linebackers.
Hayes checked in with Tom Krasniqi on WHBO-AM 1040 yesterday and stated he didn’t see any Buccaneers quit last season, the Bucs locker room was “tense,” and Raheem Morris was a great coach who took the fall like a man but players didn’t want him to take it.
As for Hayes’ assessment of his 2011 performance?
“I wouldn’t grade it at 100 percent; that’s for sure,” Hayes said. “I’d grade it at least about 85 percent. It wasn’t the full, you know, me. It’s something that I don’t regret but I’ll learn from. I went through a couple of stages. But hey man, who doesn’t, man? You know, you gotta live and you learn, and that’s what I did this last year. And I learned a lot going through the things I went through.”
Joe’s got no problem with Hayes, who easily performed as well as can be expected over four seasons for a sixth-round pick, plus Hayes is still just 24 years old. He’s just not a sound linebacker and Joe’s seen enough since Hayes grabbed the starting job from Jermaine Phillips in 2009.
Might Hayes return in 2012 as a backup and special teams player? Joe wouldn’t wager against it, but it seems unlikely. Hayes made no mention of the Bucs showing interest in him during the radio interview.