Bucs Gave Up On This SeasonNovember 29th, 2012
The Bucs can put up a good showing in Denver, says former Bucs quarterback Shaun King, but to do that Sunday the Bucs will need to survive the first quarter and not get overwhelmed early. But as for the Bucs’ playoff prospects, well, King’s confident Bucs management gave up those weeks ago.
One of three QBs to lead the Bucs to the NFC Championship, King said on WDAE-AM 620 today that the Bucs threw in the towel on 2012 at the trading deadline and the inevitable gutting of the current secondary is something they welcomed.
“I go back to this. I said something when we traded Aqib Talib. I said, ‘You know what, we’ve given up on this season,'” King said. “When we made that trade, and I know everybody was happy because we got a fourth-round pick in return, but we made that trade knowing that Eric Wright was going to go on suspension for four games. And we knew, even in a playoff hunt, if we lost Eric Wright, and I don’t think he’s a great player, where we would be at cornerback. I mean, hopefully these [cornerbacks] can try and improve and get a little better, but I kind of think that was our nail in the coffin as far as this year goes making the playoffs.”
Joe only partially agrees with King. Sure, rockstar general manager Mark Dominik and Greg Schiano knew they’d be better off down the stretch against Matt Ryan (twice), Peyton Manning and Drew Brees with Talib playing cornerback.
However, Talib’s history off the field and on the field (injury) left no reason to count on him for the remainder of this season. And the fourth-round pick was a steal for an unreliable guy who behaves like an idiot. Then, there was that little matter of Talib hardly playing at a Pro Bowl level in 2012.
Yeah, the Bucs would be better Sunday with Talib on the roster, but Joe still would make that trade in a heartbeat.