“Working Without A Safety Net”July 8th, 2013
Greg Schiano loves and craves competition.
And great competition goes hand in hand with good depth.
So given those realities, it is easy to wonder what the hell the Bucs were thinking this offseason at defensive end. The Bucs don’t have much depth there, and the DEs they’re banking on, DaQuan Bowers and Adrian Clayborn, haven’t proven to be durable.
NFL.com writer Chris Wesseling, in his Sunday “Making the Leap” feature, looks at DaQuan Bowers’ career and how the Bucs have moved “all-in” with him. Wesseling notes the following:
The Buccaneers’ brass is pushing all of their chips to the center of the table, going all in on Bowers’ perceived pass-rushing upside. The problem is they’re working without a safety net after letting Michael Bennett walk in free agency. If Bowers’ lower legs don’t cooperate, the Bucs’ improving defense will be submarined by its edge-rushing deficiencies.
Forget about letting Bennett and his injured shoulder leave town, not replacing Bennett meant the Bucs opted for less quality competition at the position — from a general manager who has said repeatedly that rushing the passer is one of his top three core beliefs when it comes to building a football team.
It was a somewhat strange choice, one that will be scrutinized throughout 2013.