No Set Defensive EndsJune 6th, 2014
When the Bucs went free agent shopping this past spring, the Bucs didn’t waste time getting what they believed to be a pass-rushing right defensive end. The previous two years, the pathetic pass rush was a flat out embarrassment to football fans.
It sure seemed like Michael Johnson was entrenched as the starting right defensive end. He may be. But per Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com, it appears both Johnson and Adrian Clayborn will flip back and forth between left end and right end.
“When I look back at Adrian, I look back at his rookie year when he had his hand in the dirt all the time, just going vertical, getting off the ball, being disruptive, 7 1/2 sacks from the right side,’’ Bucs defensive line coach Cullen said. “Then he had the injury and then you look at last year, he had 19 1/2 tackles for loss, 5 1/2 sacks and three of them were on the left side. And it was a little bit different scheme but still he’s rushing from that side, so he’s going to play both sides. Michael’s going to rush from both sides.’’
If Cullen could tell Clayborn was a much better rusher with his hand in the dirt, then why the hell couldn’t the previous regime see that? Or did the Bucs’ previous coaching regime not know how to use iPads that were in vogue with playbooks and film from chest-bumping Raheem Morris?
Instead, the genius that was defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan, he believed Clayborn, rather than playing with a hand in the dirt, was more apt to guard speedster Darren Sproles coming out of the backfield in pass coverage.
Just writing that, the thought is so asinine, Joe had to chug a beer.
If Clayborn is going to rebound into a promising pass-rushing defensive end, then Cullen should help him. Frankly, Joe has about given up hope for underperforming Da’Quan Bowers.