The Answer Is NoJuly 12th, 2014
Joe has typed repeatedly, and as recently as yesterday, he has no issue with the Bucs defense as it is now, just 13 days from the start of 2014 training camp. Joe rests at night comfortably believing the defense, with Lovie Smith at the helm, is in good hands.
One reason Joe isn’t losing sleep is because of the new talent, for example, defensive end Michael Johnson.
Lovie is bound and determined to get opposing quarterbacks on the ground and Johnson is to be the edge rusher the Bucs have been missing for far too long.
The last Bucs dominant defensive end was the great Simeon Rice. Apparently, with that memory in mind, it moved the “Custodian of Canton,” eye-RAH! Kaufman of The Tampa Tribune, to take to Twitter to type about the Bucs defense.
With Gerald McCoy and Lavonte David, the Bucs have 2 key young Tampa 2 components in place. Can Michael Johnson be Simeon Rice in his prime?
— Ira Kaufman (@IKaufmanTBO) July 11, 2014
The answer is, NO! In fact, hell no!
Let’s not get carried away. Johnson, in the past, has been a decent edge rusher, but he is no Simeon Rice. Joe thinks you could make a decent argument that Rice could be a Hall of Fame player, though it would take a while and maybe not until he is selected by the Seniors Committee decades from now.
Joe loves eye-RAH! to death. But unless Johnson totally blows up under Lovie, with all due respect, it’s outrageous to start comparing him to a guy who is a borderline Hall of Fame prospect and one of the greatest players in Bucs history.
Joe expects Johnson to be good. Rice in his prime? Let’s settle down.