The Legend Of Stanford RouttDecember 1st, 2012
In the past three weeks, Joe’s not sure a day has gone by that someone on this here corner of the interwebs or on Twitter has asked Joe about the Bucs signing unemployed cornerback Stanford Routt.
Nevermind that he has been on the streets for weeks; nevermind the worst team in the NFL jettisoned Routt.
Routt’s popularity (?) with Bucs fans is akin to the notorious Toe Nash and the Rays.
Apparently, Woody Cummings is being pestered by the Routt crowd as well. He touched upon why Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik is not picking up near-household names and instead is going after neverbeens.
Q: There are two players that are free agents that could come into Tampa and help our team make a playoff push. Why not go out and sign former Chiefs’ CB Stanford Routt? I would have rather had him covering Falcons’ receiver Roddy White than Danny Gorrer. What about former Falcons’ defensive end Ray Edwards to come in and help our horrible pass rush? Those are two quality players the Bucs should at least work out.
— Andrew Athans, Arnold, Md.
A: Routt has been out there for a couple of weeks now and no one has touched him. There must be something we don’t know about him that is causing everyone to lay off. As for Edwards, he’s a player the Bucs had some interest in during free agency last year. He put a rather high price tag on himself, but other than that I don’t see why he can’t help.
— Woody Cummings
In short, Bucs fans, in desperate throws of darts at the wall, are looking for someone, anyone who can help out a beleaguered secondary. Those darts usually are of players whose names fans recognize, and for no other good reason.
There are no magic bullets to help out this secondary. As Bucs legend Derrick Brooks would say, “It is what it is” for the remainder of the season, with the exception of Anthony Gaitor being activated soon.
If the worst team in the NFL — with a general manager and a coach fighting for their careers — didn’t think Routt can help save themselves from working at Costco, and Dominik doesn’t think he can help, the fact that 30 other NFL general managers also believe Routt isn’t worth their time, then Joe will rest comfortably with the fact that Routt is off the Bucs roster.