Shopping For Willie Young?March 5th, 2014
It is not exactly breaking news that the Bucs need a pass rush. Former Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik was saying it since he took over in 2009. Current Bucs GM Jason Licht has said it. Lovie Smith has said it. Hell, Bucs fans have been screaming for one since Simeon Rice was cut.
All the cash and all the draft picks spent never got the Bucs a pass rush and the one guy — the one guy! — the Bucs had who could breathe on a quarterback from the edge, the Bucs let friggin’ walk away for no good reason.
So, it isn’t going to shock any beer-swilling Bucs fans that Licht is going to try to find value in a free agent defensive end and likely chase a proven guy.
Now twice in the past week, first from number-cruncher Peter Damilatis of Pro Football Focus and then just yesterday, from prickly Pete Prisco of CBS Sports, Joe has read the Bucs may be after Willie Young of Detroit.
Unless the Bucs are looking for a backup, Joe doesn’t see the attraction of Young. In three of his first four years in the NFL, Young was a backup. Last year he got a whopping three sacks as a starter. To his credit at times last year he seemed to excel against the run, four times racking up five tackles in a game.
Now Young had Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairly on the same line with him and he still could only muster three sacks from the edge?
Mind you, Adrian Clayborn, who was coming off a knee injury, and who apparently is challenged by Lovie, had six sacks last season and in five games had five or more tackles, including 10 tackles in the season finale at New Orleans.
So why the Bucs would want Young from the Lions, well, Joe isn’t seeing it.