“A Tough Question” About The Defensive EndsNovember 26th, 2012
Veteran Tampa Bay Times scribe Gary Shelton, also of Gary and The Commish on 98.7 FM, sang a sky-is-falling, unrehearsed duet this morning with former Bucs guard Ian Beckles.
Both voiced over-the-top radio shots at the Bucs’ defensive line. Shelton targeted the defensive ends, saying, “It’s a tough question when you ask whether your DE’s are worse than your corners.”
Considering the Bucs’ healthy cornerbacks yesterday are clearly a bottom-tier NFL bunch, Joe calls that comment a sharp dagger. And Shelton followed up to clarify his position on the DEs, “They’re that bad.”
Hmmm, Joe suspects Shelton will be quite stunned when he sees the money Michael Bennett commands in free agency this offseason, money the Bucs would be wise to shell out.
Yes, the Bucs’ defensive line didn’t get the greatest grades yesterday, but Joe thinks Shelton and Beckles are going way overboard.
In addition to his first rant Joe referenced earlier, Beckles went on to hammer Gerald McCoy. Beckles is appalled that McCoy has only 20 tackles in 11 games, “You’re the leader of the team. Got hit the quarterback,” Beckles bellowed.
Beckles also went on to say former Bucs defensive end “Steve White was better than Gerald McCoy.” The take was not a knock on White, just a comment that guys drafted far below McCoy with far smaller salaries were more valuable that McCoy. Of course, this is bizarre consdering White was a DE and McCoy is a DT.
Joe finds the Shelton and Beckles takes completely wacky in this case, and Joe finds himself saddened that tens of thousands of their listeners surely took it as gospel.