The Bucs Call Out A “Cheap Shot”July 14th, 2013
Installment 2 of the Buccaneers official “Read and React” column doesn’t come with the same fireworks as the first one, when Tampa Bay Times beat writer Stephen Holder was fingered for targeting Greg Schiano. This time, the Bucs gently wagged a finger at Joe Fortenbaugh, of NationalFootballPost.com.
Fortenbaugh claims rockstar general manager Mark Dominik’s front office is among those under intense pressure this offseason. It seems Fortenbaugh believes the Bucs’ secondary made the team a laughing stock in 2012.
Given what unfolded last year with the Buccaneers, when a promising 5-2 start slid into a 7-9 finish and the pass defense emerged as the team’s main weakness, these seem like two very reasonable targets for Fortenbaugh to supply. Fortenbaugh’s last line in his paragraph of analysis seems like a bit of a cheap shot – “It’s time for the opposition to worry about a matchup with the Bucs, not laugh” – but his premise is sound. The Bucs have not been shy about adding big contracts through free agency and the trade market over the last two offseasons, and that has brought more attention on the team. If added attention equals added pressure, than the Bucs definitely belong on this list.
Joe loves this new feature on the Bucs, where the team puts a spotlight on the media in various ways. (You can click through above to read the whole thing.)
As for the pressure on Dominik and the front office, Joe’s not seeing a load of heat under Dominik. Surely Greg Schiano has a bigger weight on his shoulders.
When you’re stocked with eight Pro Bowlers in their prime and emerging stars like Lavonte David and Mike Williams, you absolutely have to produce.