“They Are Rolling On Offense.”November 9th, 2012
Joe simply doesn’t get the hate Bucs fans hurl at hometown guy Shaun King, one of only three quarterbacks to lead the Bucs to an NFC championship game.
One would think, the way fans embrace Leonard Johnson and (until recently) Ahmad Black, that King would be something of a hero.
The way fans treat King is akin to a hitting a pinata. Just mention King’s name and fans freak out.
Joe simply doesn’t understand the fear and loathing directed King’s way.
King, a former local radio host who is now a popular TV personality with NBC Sports Network and a FOX college football analyst, called in for his weekly appearance on the “Ron and Ian Show” heard on WDAE-AM 620 and was pimping out the Bucs offense and, in particular, Bucs offensive line coach Bob Bostad.
In fact, King said the way the Bucs offensive line played in its first game without All-Pro Carl Nicks validates his premise from before the season that Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik should have unloaded the Team Glazer Brinks truck (Joe saw said truck with his own eyes Wednesday at One Buc Palace) not on Nicks, but on cornerbacks Brandon Carr or Courtland Finnegan.
“They are rolling on offense. I need to make a point that when we signed Carl Nicks, I was not in favor of using those resources on him,” King said. “Ian, you can attest to this, when you have an offensive line coach [like Bob Bostad], you don’t need five pristine pennies, you just got to have a group that plays like a nickel. If you have an offensive line coach and they know what they are doing, you don’t need to have $140 million tied up in three players [on the offensive line} in Nicks, Joseph and Donald Penn. That is why i wish they would have used those resources in getting an elite corner that was available in free agency in Courtland Finnegan or Brandon Carr. You don’t have to have three Pro Bowlers on your offensive line to be efficient and effective as an offensive unit. And this is no way a knock on Carl Nicks because he is as good as advertised.”
That is a very interesting point by King. The offensive line is heavily weighted financially, which given Josh Freeman’s soon to be new contract, leaves little wiggle room for defensive additions.
Oh, and King later raved about Dominik fleecing Bill Belicheat for a fourth-round pick in return for a guy who the Bucs were not going to bring back next year, troubled cornerback Aqib Talib.
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