Da’Quan Bowers Embraces Lovie SmithJanuary 1st, 2014
It was one of the most confusing things Joe had ever seen. Last offseason, the Bucs, in need of a pass rush like Joe needs a cold beer on a July Friday afternoon, let their leading pass rusher and solid run-stopper Michael Bennett walk away for peanuts and claimed the transaction was because Bennett was damaged goods.
Also at the time, Bucs types claimed former second-round pick, defensive end, Da’Quan Bowers, was ready to pick up the baton from Bennett and the Bucs all but anointed Bowers a starter in the offseason.
Then came the regular season and Bowers languished on the bench, rarely seeing the field, and when he did, he showed mixed results at best.
It seemed Bowers and former Bucs commander Greg Schiano were in a tussle of some sort. Schiano kept claiming Bowers was working hard and just about ready to blast upon the scene. Yet Bowers continued to see sporadic playing time. Finally, at the end of the season, Schiano claimed Bowers had been banged up all season, thus, why he wasn’t playing so much.
Well, you can bank on it that Bowers was not sending Schiano flowers after he was jettisoned this week. In fact, Bowers is boasting on Twitter about the apparent hiring of Lovie Smith as the next Bucs coach.
@Morsecodehoe: how you feel about Lovie ?
@DaQuanBowers91: I’m excited to play for a coach who can bring my potential out and COACH me
We shall see if that happens. Of course, Lovie built strong defenses in Chicago and, of course, was linebackers coach of the great Bucs defense in the 1990s. Joe has a hunch if Lovie can’t get anything more out of Bowers, Bowers won’t be on the Bucs roster come 2015.