“That Is A Very Dangerous Attitude”December 28th, 2012
Thinking about how the Bucs are a mere 250 passing yards away from setting a 93-year all-time record for NFL passing defense futility, Joe just wants pick up a chair and wing it at his TV. If Joe needed a new HD flatscreen, a leg of the chair likely would have been impaled the TV already.
Joe is surprised players weren’t pelted by beer cups and debris at home games the pass defense was so porous. Imagine what Eagles fans in Philadelphia would have done if the Eagles were in the Bucs’ current position, and the team pass defense had such a gutless performance against a garbage team with a lame duck coach and a rookie third round pick of a quarterback who threw for 381 yards that killed the Eagles’ playoff hopes at The Linc?
Riot police would have been called out in force. And deservedly so.
It isn’t just the guys off the street masquerading as NFL cornerbacks for the Bucs that is the problem, says eye-RAH! Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune. While appearing with Tom Krasniqi, otherwise known as “TKras,” this afternoon on WDAE-AM 620, Kaufman said the Bucs’ defensive line is not blameless as the Bucs are on the cusp of a galling 93-year record.
In short, Kaufman believes Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik must be searching for yet another pass rushing specialist in the offseason.
“I am telling you Champ Bailey can’t cover these guys [opposing wide receivers] for four seconds,” Kaufman said. “The whole don’t equal the parts. They have to get more out of [DaQuan] Bowers.
“I am afraid the thinking of the braintrust here might be, ‘Hey, we are getting [Adrian] Clayborn back. Bowers will be fully recovered and you know what? We are OK on the pass rush.’ That is a very dangerous attitude. They haven’t had a double-digit sack guy since Simeon Rice was running around plastering quarterbacks. That’s a long time ago. I like [Michael] Bennett but he is a free agent. There is no guarantee the Bucs bring him back.”
Kaufman is absolutely correct. If and when Bennett hits free agency, there is no telling what could happen. Some crazy owner (Jerry Jones, Danny Snyder, Stephen Ross) could just throw a Brinks truck at Bennett to sign. It’s a gamble for sure.
Now Joe likes Bowers and when he is healthy, the guy can be productive. But he is not healthy; has never been this season, and oh yeah, there’s the nasty degenerative bum knee he is playing on. Perhaps, at best, Bowers is nothing more than a pass rushing specialist playing maybe 25 snaps a game?
Since the day Dominik took over he has been trying to build a pass rush only with moderate success. Bennett was a steal and finally Gerald McCoy has proven to be among the NFL elite.
Clayborn is coming off a knee injury. Who knows how effective he will be?
It may just behoove Dominik to run out and get Giants free agent Osi Umenyiora and perhaps pray a defensive end like the Baron of Berlin, Florida State’s Bjoern Werner, can slip down to the Bucs.