Schiano: We Saw Joseph’s Best Of 2013December 21st, 2013
Earlier this week, Greg Schiano told media that he wished he had more games to see Davin Joseph this season.
The reasons were simple: Joseph played his best of 2013 against the Niners, per Schiano, and he’s been grinding his way back into shape after complex knee surgery in August 2012, a subsequent infection, and an abbreviated preseason.Schiano’s praise was nice to hear, but it left Joe with a glass-half-empty kind of feeling. The Bucs’ offensive line wasn’t good against the 49ers. Holes weren’t there for Bobby Rainey. Nothing. There were too many protection breakdowns.
If that was Joseph’s best, then either he’s had an extremely disappointing season (Joe’s on board with that), or, perhaps worse, the play of Jeremy Zuttah and Demar Dotson was real bad around him. The ProFootballFocus.com analyst geeks have given Dotson fantastic grades this season, and Greg Schiano has called him a “throwback” workhorse on the rise. Joseph, per PFF, has been horrible.
As Joe’s detailed previously, Joseph is due $6 million next season. He’ll turn 31 in 2014, and he’s had a long history of injuries.
Joseph probably needs a real breakout game in the Bucs’ final two in order to sleep easily in January. As Greg Schiano told Bucs fans this week, the Bucs need two pieces to become a dominant defense, but they need even more on the offensive side of the ball. That money has to come from somewhere.