Happy With Hayward?May 12th, 2013
The only holdover from the Monte Kiffin years on the Bucs defense, linebacker Adam Hayward, managed to earn — and hold onto — the starting the strongside linebacker starting job after Quincy Black went down injured last season.
Joe found this significant for two reasons: Dakoda Watson couldn’t beat Hayward out, and the New Schiano Order didn’t punish Hayward (on the field) for aggressively shoving coach Bryan Cox along the sidelines.
So Joe must wonder, are the Bucs simply happy with Hayward?
The Bucs’ 2013 plans at strongside linebacker have been the subject of much speculation, especially with the recent addition of former three-year Saints backup Jonathan Casillas. But he’s no hidden Pro Bowler.
Hayward hits hard, has a wealth of experience and is only 29 years old, and he may very well be an upgrade over the improved 2012 edition of Quincy Black. It’s also his second year in the Schiano system. The more Joe considers the situation, the more Joe thinks there may be no real question at all what will happen at strongside linebacker.