Bucs Not Built For “Week 12 Or Week 14”July 19th, 2013
Longtime scout and national radio personality Chris Landry is very down on the Buccaneers’ depth.
Today’s Eric Wright trade for thin air merely highlights the Bucs’ major weakness, so Landry explained on WDAE-AM 620 this evening. Every Friday Landry dives into all things college and pro football Xs and Os and Buccaneers with the dean of Tampa Bay sports radio, Steve Duemig, but today he was with Duemig’s fill-in, J.P. Peterson.
“For all the talk about Revis and Goldson, they just don’t have a lot of depth on this team defensively. In fact, they don’t have a lot of depth period. This is where I think they really fall short,” Landry said.
“Teams that can spread you out could have a lot of success. Revis is not going to cover everybody. I mean, you know, they’re going to play more single-high safety looks, which is what Bill Sheridan wants to do, no question. And maybe that’ll improve the pass rush. But for goodness sakes, you’ve got four guys on the defensive line you can count on. You hope they can stay healthy, and where’s the rotation coming from? I don’t see it from a depth standpoint. … In reality when you start playing football and it’s week 12 or week 14, I don’t know how this team’s going to shape up. Everybody has to deal with injuries and depth. I don’t know that the Bucs match up as well from a bottom-of-the-roster standpoint as maybe some other teams.”
Yes, the Bucs are banking on a lot of players staying healthy and a lot of young players, like rookies Johnthan Banks and Akeem Spence, contributing in major roles.
No, Eric Wright was not the savior of the Bucs. Hardly. But he did represent solid depth and experience, and the New Schiano Order clearly planned on him being a major contributor only a few weeks ago. (You can hear all of Landry’s take on Wright below.)