Not Doom For Johnthan BanksMarch 21st, 2014
Joe knows there are Bucs fans out there, for reasons beyond Joe’s realm of fantasy, that want to run Johnthan Banks out of town. That’s the only logical conclusion for the rejoicing by some over the news that cornerback Mike Jenkins is a Buccaneer.
Some will point to Jenkins’ Pro Bowl appearance. Joe will point to Vince Young (of all people!) lighting up Jenkins play after play and Dallas doing its best to wash their hands of him, not to mention Jenkins’ shameful pulling up on a would-be tackle and waving the red cape at Derrick Ward as the Giants running back walked in for a 17-yard touchdown run. Ole’ indeed.
Those wishing to kick dirt in Banks’ face may want to calm down, types Woody Cummings of The Tampa Tribune. What’s happening is the Bucs coaching staff is not gifting Banks a starting job.
@acolen69: Does this mean for J Banks. Banks was terrible last year.
@RCummingsTBO: No, just means he has to win a job.
The only people who label Banks as “terrible” are those who want to believe he was terrible. He was anything but.
Shoot, the guy was a rookie for goodness sakes! What, people expected him to be Darrell Green right away?
Banks got better as the season went on. Do people not remember how he stifled Calvin Johnson with Darrelle Revis on the sidelines injured in the second half against the Lions when the Bucs secured a rare win last year?
Look, Banks was drafted for a different scheme. Lovie would be crazy to hand Banks a starting job before one practice, not knowing if Banks can master his system by September.
And speaking of system, notice the Cowboys bought a high-priced free agent cornerback and drafted another in the first round in order to wave goodbye to Jenkins, as the Cowboys shifted to a Cover-2 scheme under Monte Kiffin?
It isn’t just Banks that has something to prove this summer.