“Gigantic”March 12th, 2014
Goodness knows that anyone fumbling around with a white cane could see the Bucs needed a pass rush from the edge. Hell, the Bucs have needed this for seven years, since Simeon Rice left the Bucs.
Time after time after time the Bucs tried to find a reliable, two-digit sack guy. Time and again, the Bucs swung and missed. And when it appeared the Bucs developed their own double-digit sack guy (Michael Bennett), they let him walk away for no good reason.
Joe still beats his head against his garage wall over that stunt.
Now, just maybe, the Bucs have found another when the they landed Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson, who after recording his first double-digit sack season as the Bengals went to the playoffs (again) in 2012, Johnson fell back to low single-digits last season.
Not to fear, says popular sports radio personality Adam Schein. The host of his own show, “Schein on Sports,” heard exclusively on Mad Dog Sports Radio, part of the wonderful SiriusXM Radio family, Schein was giddier than Bucs fans today when he lauded the moves of Bucs general manager Jason Licht.
In particular, Schein believed the signing of Johnson sealed the day. And, no Bucs fans, don’t fear Johnson’s dip in sacks last season. Given his talents and ability to stop the rush, Johnson will do big things now, believes Schein.
“Three sacks last year? That was a blip. Year before, he was outstanding. I love what the Buccaneers are doing. I think the two biggest winners of free agency, I think you have to say the Broncos, a gigantic winner. I think the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? A gigantic winner.”
When Bucs coach Lovie Smith and Licht hinted they were going to remake the roster, they sure weren’t kidding. It’s almost as if the Bucs have a new defense today.
Will be interesting to see if the Bucs also have a new offensive lineman and/or quarterback come 3 p.m.