It’s Your Time To Shine Leonard JohnsonNovember 1st, 2012
Joe knows for a fact that Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik is a deliberate man. He just doesn’t do things on a whim.
Also, with Bucs coach Greg Schiano, does he impress you as one who just wings things? Of course not.
Both Dominik and Schiano studied trading Talib from all angles, including how the Bucs would be able to fill the void. This tells Joe that Schiano, if not Dominik himself, is high on Leonard Johnson.
The rookie undrafted free agent, a former Largo High School star some could have been drafted as high as the third round, some draftniks believed. Partially because of his size, partially because of a bad combine workout, Johnson slipped through the cracks and landed in Dominik’s lap.
Also know that Schiano has had a relationship with Johnson since he was a sophomore in high school. Johnson was named MVP of a Rutgers-sponsored high school football camp held in Tampa. No one knows Johnson at One Buc Palace better than Schiano, who still kicks himself for not being able to lure Johnson to Piscataway.
Johnson played like a seasoned pro against Minnesota. He should have had two picks; he did record one, robbed of a second and played strong. Perhaps it was a harbinger of things to come.
As for a harbinger, how about this from Schiano when the news of Talib’s latest suspension was learned:
“Every decision that we make as an organization has one thing in mind, and that’s what’s best for the organization,” said Schiano. “When I say best, it’s not just winning. Yes, that’s what you do in this league. There are 32 teams and we’re all chasing one prize.
“But when you’re part of a community, there’s a lot of things that go into a decision. I can just tell our fans and all the people that care about this that we are going to do what’s best for the organization, so you’ve got to just trust us on this one.”
Johnson is humble, smart, focused, motivated. One could say, he’s the anti-Talib.