Adrian Clayborn Inside If…June 3rd, 2013
Last week a former Bucs season ticket holder called into “Movin’ the Chains,” heard exclusively on SiriusXM NFL Radio, (as many NFL fans are wont to do as they count down June days with training camp now just seven weeks away), and asked co-hosts Pat Kirwan and Tim Ryan to break down the Bucs.
The duo claimed that if rockstar general manager Mark Dominik would shell out the cash for aging free agent defensive end John Abraham, who is still looking for work, then it would be a win-win for the Bucs.
Since Dominik took over as general manager, the Bucs have been trying to beef up their pass rush. Sadly, injuries have stunted the development of four — maybe five — defensive linemen, though one, Gerald McCoy, is on the cusp of greatness if he can stay healthy.
If the Bucs did get Abraham, Ryan, a former defensive tackle for the Bears, explained what his front four would look like on passing downs.
Pat Kirwan: I would love to see this team get John Abraham.
Tim Ryan: I’m with you.
Kirwan: Just put Abraham on this roster. Let’s go get it and now figure the inside for me Tim. How would you line it up if you had John Abraham? What would the front four look like on a passing down.
Ryan: If I wanted to get my best four our there, with John Abraham? I’d have Da’Quan Bowers as my left end, I’d have Abraham at right end, I’d have Gerald McCoy chewing on two guys inside and at times get him an outside shade on a guard and I’d have Adrian Clayborn right in there.
Kirwan: I agree with you. I think that’s the way to go. And it would be a nice move.
Now this is very interesting to Joe. When is the last time Clayborn played inside? At times the Bucs ran stunts where Clayborn did spin inside, with limited results (and GMC lobbied hard for defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan to knock off the games and let the rushers rush, which seemed to help a great deal).If you are just talking pass rushers only, well, Joe can somewhat see that, but Joe is doubtful this happens.
First, Dominik doesn’t like to sign aging free agents (read, Abraham). Yeah, sure, Dominik signed Dallas Clark last year but notice he didn’t bring him back this year?
There is a reason Abraham is still looking for work in June. Either he’s asking way too much cash or teams believe he’s on the downside of his career (or both).
As far as the pass rush goes, Joe does know that if he makes the team, William Gholston, a rookie defensive end, is being strongly looked at to pass rush inside. Being 6-7, just his wingspan alone on the inside should give opposing quarterbacks fits.
So Kirwan and Ryan may be onto something, as it appears Greg Schiano may just use three defensive ends/pass rush specialists on passing downs (Steven Means perhaps, maybe Dekoda Watson?) with just one tackle, that being GMC.