LeGarrette Blount Trade Still GoodJanuary 13th, 2014
Joe knows Bucs fans were outraged Saturday night when they saw former Bucs castoff and leading rusher LeGarrette Blount abuse the Colts in an AFC playoff game, running for four touchdowns and 176 yards. Joe couldn’t believe the revisionist history he was reading.
For a moment on Twitter and on this here corner of the Interwebs, Joe would have thought the Bucs traded Jim Brown in his prime for a third-day draft pick.
In fact, Blount was traded for full-time track star and part-time football player Jeff Demps, who former Bucs rock star general manager stated at that time was a “throw-in,” and a seventh-round pick.
A seventh-round pick!
Even Pat Yasinskas of ESPN is of the mind Bucs fans, fueled perhaps by alcohol, had very short memories with Blount pretending to be Franco Harris Saturday.
Yeah, I know some will say the Bucs sure could have used Blount after starter Doug Martin got hurt early last season. But Mike James and Bobby Rainey filled in adequately for Martin.
The bottom line is that former coach Greg Schiano never was sold on Blount. The running back had fumbling issues, problems getting to practice and meetings on time and he was one-dimensional. Blount wasn’t much of a receiver and he failed to pick up blocking assignments.
Blount’s only real strength is running straight ahead and it’s not like he has great vision. Blount was more of a headache than he was worth. New coach Lovie Smith likely wouldn’t have wanted someone like Blount around.
Blount was simply excess baggage with Doug Martin blasting through defenses, making the Pro Bowl his rookie season.
Joe saw with his own pair of eyes how Blount, if the Bucs won but he didn’t get his touches, couldn’t get off the football field and into street clothes quick enough. It was as if the Ebola virus broke out in the joint.
But if Blount got his touches and the Bucs lost, hey, all good. Smiles wide and big from Blount.
Joe vividly remembers the Bucs — both Raheem Morris and commander Greg Schiano — trying to turn Blount into a bruising fullback. Anyone remember the goal line stand the Saints had on the Bucs in 2012 at home, and three straight times Blount ran up the middle and couldn’t punch the ball in from the one-yard line? Anyone remember Blount when was stopped at the goal line at Atlanta in 2010, stonewalled by Thomas DeCoud of all people, which cost the Bucs a precious win? Blount was softer in short yardage than Trent Richardson.
If one is to believe Dominik contacted all 31 NFL teams when he traded Blount, that means astute general managers, guys like Ozzie Newsome and Ted Thompson as well as 28 other NFL front office types thought a sixth-round pick was too rich for Blount.
What Blount shows is that when a player is seeing the end of his career and he is playing for a coach with a fistful of rings, that the player will do just about anything asked to not just keep his career going, but to win a ring.
No need to try to rewrite history. There were many reasons the Bucs washed their hands of Blount. And Joe still doesn’t blame the Bucs.