A Plea For Healthy ChoicesMarch 6th, 2014
Last year, Greg Schiano and former rockstar general manager Mark Dominik gambled that four Buccaneers coming off major surgery would perform at a high level at critical positions.
How the hell did that turn out?
Adrian Clayborn was below average playing alongside an every-down, manbeast disrupter in Gerald McCoy.
Darrelle Revis wasn’t ready to earn his money until the second half of last season.
Davin Joseph was miserable, even more so considering his paycheck.
Last summer, pre-MRSA, Carl Nicks was talking about how his foot would be a lifelong problem.
The Bucs believed those four cogs would give 100 percent. Joe thought the Bucs would be lucky if three out of four delivered. The Bucs got about 20 percent of what they were seeking.
Joe’s sick of banking on injured players. Enough already. Dominik said a few times that he and the Bucs medical staff “know knees,” as in torn up joints. How about just putting old fashioned healthy bodies on the field. Joe sure hopes Jason Licht and Lovie Smith are in that mindset.
Many Bucs fans want the likes of free agent Bears Charles “Peanut” Tillman and Corey Wootton on the Bucs defense. But they’re both coming of major injuries and surgery.
Stud Chiefs left tackle Branden Albert? He’s got back issues and has had other problems. Michael Vick? The man needs his own private nurse. The list goes on, including one of the Bucs’ own free agents, Jonathan Casillas.
The Bucs are about to go shopping when the free agency bell rings in five short days. Asking for healthy choices should not be too much to ask.