Veteran Needed In The Front SevenMarch 30th, 2012
Joe remembers as a kid a relative, who fought in the infantry in the South Pacific during World War II, explained to Joe what a Bonzai Charge was.
Thankfully, Joe will never experience such a thing but while watching the Bucs defense play last year, when opponents ran the ball past the line of scrimmage, the sight reminded Joe of what his relative told him about a Bonzai Charge.
The Bucs linebackers simply couldn’t stop the rush. It was as if they waved white flags once they saw a ball carrier.
Now Joe’s not going to pick on Mason Foster, who played middle linebacker last year and was likely out of position. The rookie was in a no-win situation because he got zero help on either side of him and after Gerald McCoy went down with an injury, got little help in front of him as well.
This has led to former Bucs defensive end Steve White to beg Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik to acquire a linebacker through free agency.
Speaking with Tom Krasniqi on WHBO-AM 1040 Wednesday, White explained how dire it is for Dominik to bring in a veteran linebacker.
Talk about keeping Mason Foster in the middle which I think is just posturing. … At the same time we have to sign somebody, I don’t care if it is an inside linebacker or an outside linebacker. There’s not a whole lot of outside linebackers left out there.
Geno Hayes is exploring other options, visiting with the Broncos. Quincy Black was terrible last year. Whether you put Mason Foster on the outside or the inside, I don’t care. You are going to have to get that guy some help in here. What I don’t think you want to do is go completely young with the linebackers and the young line up front. We need some veterans in there somewhere.
White is right on the mark. If there was a team with worse play from its linebacker corps out there last year, Joe wants to know. And without beefing up the linebackers, why exactly should anyone believe the Bucs will be much better stopping the run this season?
Simply put, Foster needs help. Otherwise, he’s going to be shell-shocked like an infantry grunt.