Blount Doesn’t “Love Football” EnoughApril 12th, 2012
Of the many explosive Bucs takes former Bucs QB Shaun King let loose today on WDAE-AM 620, the man who led the Bucs to their second NFC Championship game made it clear that he believes LeGarrette Blount has not developed at an acceptable rate because he doesn’t “love football” enough.
King made a point that Blount’s deficiencies — alleged deficiencies in Joe’s mind — are still around because Blount’s work ethic hasn’t been there to make him a better blocker, pass catcher, and student of the playbook.
King is of the mind that 2012 is a big contract year for Blount — he’ll enter restricted free agency after the season — and that could be a motivating factor that pushes Blount to be his best self, as Raheem Morris might say.
While Blount may not have been considered a hard worker, Joe’s sure Blount was nowhere close to being a slacker.
It still amazes Joe that it’s so easy for so many, not just King, to be negative about Blount, a third-year undrafted guy who has a phenomenal season under his belt, never had a full offseason with a team, and has not been given a legitimate opportunity to show he can be a complete player.