“Pieces” May Be In PlaceSeptember 4th, 2013
It was difficult, but Joe chose not to jump off the Sunshine Skyway Bridge after the listless effort the Bucs produced in the preseason. Why? Because the preseason is a bunch of bunk, to be polite.
In a mere four days, the Bucs will face the Jets at the New Jersey Swamplands to kick off the 2013 season.
What can Bucs fans expect? Joe’s not sure because, in part, the preseason is like watching a magic show. A lot of stuff you see isn’t real. Bucs defensive end Adrian Clayborn believes the Bucs finally have their defensive puzzle together, which will confuse if not overwhelm Jets coach Capt. Lou Albano and rookie quarterback Geno Smith.
“We’ll see Sunday, but we’re going to have all of our pieces finally and it should be good,’’ Clayborn said. “We’ll see. It’s all about getting all 11 guys who are supposed to be starting on the field at once.’’
One of those pieces, obviously, is Darrelle Revis. But so too is Clayborn, coming back from knee surgery. Dashon Goldson will be another puzzle piece.
Joe knows the Bucs braintrust stayed up at night the past eight months trying to figure out how to breathe on a quarterback without signing a proven pass rusher. Perhaps, Sunday Bucs fans will see what type of riddle or concoction Bucs commander Greg Schiano has in store to accomplish that.