Lamarr Houston And The BucsMarch 10th, 2014
Just about every guy who can sneeze on a quarterback and is a free agent or an eligible draft pick has been linked to the the Pewter Pirates.
Bucs coach Lovie Smith knows for his defense to work at all, and for the defense to rise from the ashes of the Bill Sheridan Dancing Stunts debacle, the Bucs simply must have a pass rush.
Yes, when Gerald McCoy isn’t triple-teamed, he can get disruption if not put a quarterback on the ground now and then. Problem is, he’s had no help. Getting GMC help also is a focus of theMMQB.com X’s and O’s guru, Greg Bedard, who believes Raiders free agent Lamarr Houston could be the salve to a Bucs wound that’s lasted too long. He has Houston ranked No. 16.
16. LAMARR HOUSTON
Edge, Oakland (Age 27)
A rare blend of size, strength and speed makes him a load to handle at the point of attack. Can play standup OLB, DE and DT. Right fit might be 4-3 tackle. Best fit: Bucs. They could use help at left end and tackle next to Gerald McCoy. Houston could man either spot. among all available free agents.
Yet again, it appears Houston is sort of like Everson Griffen, in that people rave about his skill set yet the results simply are not there. While Houston is durable, having started 59 of 64 games in his four-year NFL career, he has yet to record more than six sacks in a season. Houston’s best season for tackles came last year, when he recorded 56.
But is Houston really better than Adrian Clayborn? The Bucs right defensive end, coming off knee surgery, had 5.5 sacks and 59 tackles last season. Is Houston really that much of an upgrade?
If the Bucs are going to sign a defensive end, it’s high time to get a guy who already has a demonstrated an ability to make quarterbacks fear for their lives.
The Bucs have plenty of guys who have ability but only middling results (Da’Quan Bowers, Clayborn). No need to bank on potential when the Bucs already have that dreaded word on their roster for defensive ends.