Bucs Defy Football Logic 101December 10th, 2013
The adage is as old as football itself: teams that win the turnover battle come out ahead. In fact, listed first in Gen. Robert Neyland’s famed Seven Maxims of Football is the following:
The team that makes the fewest mistakes will win.
Joe reminds Bucs fans after reading a Twitter from the Custodian of Canton yesterday, eye-RAH! Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune:
@IKaufmanTBO: The Bucs lead the NFL with 29 takeaways and top the NFC with a plus-13 TO ratio. With the right moves, this could be a scary defense in 2014
First, notice that the Bucs have such a rotten record despite leading the NFL in turnovers? This tells Joe the offense simply has not and cannot capitalize on the turnover margin. We all saw evidence of this Sunday against the bungling Bills.
As far as Kaufman’s hint of “the right moves,” wonder what those right moves would be? The Bucs are not going to draft a defensive back in the first round and perhaps not in the first two days of the draft. Same for linebacker.
Joe isn’t so sure the Bucs will draft a defensive end. If Bucs commander Greg Schiano returns for 2014, Joe is confident he would be under a win-now-or-else edict from Team Glazer. Does Schiano have enough time to wait for a defensive end to develop? Is Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik gun-shy after drafting so many defensive linemen over his tenure with really big one success story (Gerald McCoy)?
Joe knows fans clamor for Jared Allen, who will a free agent but are fans excited for him just because they recognize his name? How much, if anything, does Allen have left in the tank? And Dominik’s Modus operandi generally isn’t to sign old players.
So, might Dominik be coaxed into trading for a defensive end? A lot to chew on in the coming months.