Defensive Line “Going To Be Special”February 11th, 2014
Bucs fans are banned from various watering holes because of their anger over how pathetic the defensive line has been over the past several years. While Gerald McCoy is among the NFL’s elite at defensive tackle, last season he got little help from his teammates.
Granted, when the Bucs had their defensive linemen basically doing the “Curly Shuffle” on just about every snap, often taking linemen out of position (to Joe, the signature Bill Sheridan stunt was when the Bucs defensive coordinator had Adrian Clayborn covering speed demon Saints running back Darren Sproles in pass coverage), it sure didn’t help get heat on quarterbacks.
Bucs fans have every right to whine and moan and complain about the Bucs’ defensive line. But one veteran NFL lineman believes the Bucs, as they are currently assembled, are on the cusp of greatness. That is coming from former Bucs defensive end and current Super Bowl champion Michael Bennett.
Yes, the same Michael Bennett who the Bucs let get away for no good reason and led the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks in sacks.
Naw, the Bucs couldn’t have used him??
Bennett appeared on the “Booger and Rich Show” Monday, heard on WHFS-FM 98.7, and really believes the Bucs defensive line can be among the league’s best.
“That d-line is going to be special,” Bennett said. He explained that Adrian Clayborn has yet to realize his potential as his growth as an NFL player was stunted by his knee injury just when he was starting to establish himself as a solid defensive end. And Bowers, Bennett suggested, has all the talent needed to be a stud.
Bennett also reinterated what he told Joe at Super Bowl Media Day, now that he is a free agent, he has no way ruled out a return to the Bucs.
“If the price is right, I’m not turning [anything] down,” Bennett said. “If the price is right.”
When asked about his parting with the Bucs, Bennett dismissed any friction with then-commander Greg Schiano and claimed he never received a formal contract offer from the Bucs.
“They talked numbers but I never got [a contract offer],” Bennett said. “I would have stayed in Tampa for as long as they wanted me to. I thought it was a slap in the face. I felt like if [the defensive line] could have stayed together, we could have been special.”
Joe is in the mood to offer a remembrance of the Sheridan Stunts.