The Countdown: Worst 20 Buccaneers Of The Past 10 Years — No. 1July 24th, 2014
After a couple of weeks of clobbering Tampa Bay fans by dredging up their worst nightmares of the past 10 years, Joe is finished.
Final judgment day is here.
The offseason NFL Top-Whatever craze got Joe thinking of the anemic Bucs teams of the past 10 years. Not a playoff victory since their Super Bowl glory. Ugh!
That motivated Joe to gather with his senior and junior level staff and rank the 20 worst Buccaneers of those seasons. Serious deliberations went down at JoeBucsFan.com world headquarters. Beer bottles were thrown. Game film came out. Arguments ensued.
A third of Joe’s staff went on strike when it was learned leaky, sleepy Josh Freeman wasn’t a finalist.
In the end, primary consideration was given to expectations combined with on-field performance. Off-field behavior was a factor, and players were not punished for injuries.
No. 1 — wide receiver/returner Dexter Jackson (2008-preseason 2009)
The case against Dexter Jackson is a simple one. Chucky’s coveted 2008 second-round pick was afraid to play football.
Yes, afraid. Very afraid.
Jackson didn’t want to get hit. It was clear on gamedays and, early in his rookie campaign, Jackson told The Tampa Tribune that a punishing blow on opening day of ’08 got into his head. Even blocking icon Michael Clayton called him out in September of that season.
“You can’t be scared,” Clayton said. “You’ve got to just to hit it up in there through the hole and get all you can get. Dexter is a young guy. He’s going to learn how to do it.”
Well, Dexter “never learned how to do it” to use Clayton’s words.
Last week, Joe ran into a former Buccaneer at a Tampa eatery. Joe offered a friendly greeting, and that former Buccaneer quickly asked Joe who was No. 1 on this countdown. (Hey, that was cool.).
Joe advised the ex-player it was Dexter Jackson, making sure he didn’t think it was the good Dexter Jackson, the Super Bowl MVP. The ex-Buccaneer, who played for the ’08 squad, then smiled and relayed a story about how Jackson was clearly afraid of contact in practice, saying he’d dive at times, leaving coaches and teammates scratching their heads.
Jackson got shots in Carolina and with the Jets, but managed to finish his NFL career with zero receptions, and a whole lot of people wondering how the Bucs scouting department missed one little detail: that Jackson was afraid of the game.No. 2 — Eric Wright No. 3 — Jeff Jagodzinski No. 4 — Albert Haynesworth No. 5 — Sabby Piscitelli No. 6 — Myron Lewis No. 7 — Byron Leftwich No. 8 — Edell Shepherd No. 9 — Jerramy Stevens No. 10 — Jim Bates No. 11 — Gaines Adams No. 12 — Keydrick Vincent No. 13 — Dre Moore No. 14 —Kevin Ogletree No. 15 – Sean Mahan No. 16 — Da’Quan Bowers No. 17 — Daniel Te’o-Nesheim No. 18 — Kyle Moore No. 19 – Jeremy Trueblood No. 20 – Michael Clayton
The Countdown: Worst 20 Buccaneers Of The Past 10 Years will run once or twice daily until No. 1 is revealed on Thursday, July 24.