Don’t Be Alarmed (Yet)July 27th, 2014
Joe understands many Bucs fans are still hungover after trying to drink away news that All-Pro guard Carl Nicks is done. The beers were swilled, but in the morning, Nicks was still gone and the ugly hangover was all too real.
Now, the Bucs are looking at guards Jamon Meredith, Oniel Cousins and Kadeem Edwards as starters on the front line. That bottle of Tums fans are eating is not just to kill that hangover.
Agitated Bucs fans may want to calm down, Lovie Smith suggested. For a variety of reasons, Lovie has yet to slap the panic button.
“They’re veterans,” Lovie said about Cousins and Meredith. “They have been here before, they do have a little bit more experience and I talk a lot about starting rotation, they’re all getting reps, Kadeem Edwards is doing a good job, we can go down the line of those young players, but they’re all getting reps right now. We get great evaluations by what’s on the other side of our guards, when you have a player like [defensive tackles] Gerald McCoy, Clinton McDonald and Akeem Spence. We get a good reading on how good those players really are.”
That is an interesting point Lovie made. For fans who attend practices and are not won over by the current guards, one reason is that the Bucs’ defensive tackles are so good. (Akeem Spence seems to be blowing up.).
Also, Lovie suggested the Bucs are only on their third day of practice. Lots of time for Cousins and Meredith to improve, or for the Bucs to dumpster dive for linemen that have been cut — or will be in the coming weeks.
To hear more of Lovie’s post-practice comments, click on the red button below. Audio courtesy of Joe’s friends at WDAE-AM 620.