Enough With The Leadership Loss BaloneyMarch 10th, 2014
Joe wrote about this Saturday, but Joe feels obligated to revisit the point in light of comments this morning by Bucs beat writer Rick Stroud and former Bucs guard Ian Beckles on WDAE-AM 620.
Those local Bucs voices were adamant that the cutting of Davin Joseph represents a “big loss” of leadership.
Joe really can’t buy any of that.
Where exactly did Joseph’s leadership take your Tampa Bay Buccaneers?
Last year the team imploded in historic fashion. In 2012, Joseph was out of the mix following blowing his knee out in August of that year. In 2011, Joseph was an acknowledged leader on a team that quit on its head coach. Think about that concept for a minute: a leader of quitters. In 2010, the Bucs’ running game dominated after Joseph was injured and replaced by undrafted rookie Derek Hardman.
Yes, Joseph was a good guy. He led local charity efforts. He talked to the media under all circumstances. But frankly, Joe’s not sure that’s worth much in the big picture of an NFL team. Too many terrible things happened under the leadership of Joseph, and that’s how Joe has to judge the leadership portion of Joseph’s legacy. He was a good guy and a very good player at times, but he was not a good leader.
Joseph set a great example for his teammates, but there are plenty of other Buccaneers who follow in the same path. The Bucs locker room will miss Joseph, but they’ll be just fine without him. Hopefully, the Bucs will have a starting quarterback who will grab hold of the offense — his team — and set the tone for the organization.