Captain Cheap Shot Is ComingMarch 12th, 2014
Joe’s got a long memory, as well as deep hatred for all things Carolina Panthers. It’s a disorder Bucs fans know well.
And it’s why Joe is disturbed tonight to learn the Bucs have a visit planned with free agent Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn.
Charlotte Observer beat writer Joe Person just put the word out on Twitter.
@JosephPerson – Panthers free agent CB Captain Munnerlyn, who’s in MINN tonight, also has visits scheduled with the Jets and Tampa Bay, per a league source.
Flashback to opening day 2012, when the New Schiano Order era launched in Tampa. Munnerlyn absolutely launched himself violently into punt returner Sammie Stroughter, who had called for a fair catch. It was an ugly cheap shot that drew a flag. To this day, Joe has never gotten an answer why Munnerlyn wasn’t fined or suspended, or delivered retribution by a Buccaneer. It was a heinous hit, reminiscent of the Panthers cheap shot that effectively ended the Pro Bowl career of Clifton Smith.
Last season, Munnerlyn was part of the no-name cornerback crew of the beastly Panthers defense. Munnerlyn was their top-dog starter, and Carolina didn’t bring him back. That’s not a great sign, and Joe’s leery of a guy that benefited greatly from a ferocious front-7.
Regardless, Joe respects that the Bucs want to take a closer look and, apparently, like his film. Munnerlyn stands just 5-8, but plays very physical and talks a big game. Joe just needed to vent. This guy Munnerlyn rubs Joe the wrong way.