Which Dixie Chicks Corner Is Best Target?February 16th, 2013
Just thinking of the Bucs’ cornerback play last year makes Joe’s stomach turn. And no, it had nothing to do with the beers and pepperoni pizza he had last night either.
Earlier this week Joe was listening to Pat Kirwan, the former linebackers coach and NFL front office man who co-hosts “Movin’ the Chains,” heard exclusively on SiriusXM NFL Radio. Kirwan has a philosophy on teams trying to get over the hump and get into the playoffs looking to add a player via free agency to fill a major hole.
And with the Bucs, that hole at cornerback is bigger than the meteorite that landed in a Russian lake Thursday night.
Kirwan’s philosophy is to attempt to raid a division opponent, preferably the division champ. This plays right into Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik’s hands as the Dixie Chicks have two stud corners that are free agents.
This subject was talked about in an ESPN NFC South chat.
Darin (Louisville Ky)
Hey Pat the bucs are scary short on corners. Heard they have room to make moves in free agency and its right around the corner…. Any thoughts? Dunta Robinson? Brent Grimes?
Suspect they’ll sign at least one FA corner. We’ll see who comes out of Atlanta. But there are some other guys out there I like — Tracy Porter, Cary Williams, Dominique Rogers Cromartie and more guys will come available between now and start of free agency.
Per Joe’s research, neither of these guys are locks to be a Bucs shutdown corner. Grimes is nearly 30 and is coming off of a torn Achilles. That scares the hell out of Joe. Then there is Robinson, who, if the Dixie Chicks decided to keep Grimes, likely will be a cap casuality. Joe sort of likes this guy. Some teams think he’s a dirty player, but the dude can flat out hit and he gets into opponents’ heads. Joe likes that attitude.
Problem with Robinson is, he will be 31 when the season rolls around and he can be toasty at times in pass coverage.
Would Joe love to see the Bucs weaken the Dixie Chicks while addressing a major area of need? You bet. But Joe isn’t sure which of these two guys is the best fit.