Logan Mankins Is Ornery When NeededAugust 26th, 2014
One sad aspect of Bucs fans rejoicing like they won the Lotto after learning Lovie Smith was dancing with sleazy Richie Incognito was many claimed the team needed Incognito’s attitude in the locker room.
Yeah, just like the Bucs needed someone to set off a canister of mustard gas in the locker room.
But fear not, knuckledraggers, new Bucs guard Logan Mankins has a mean streak when he needs one, and it’s placed where it should be, at an opponent’s middle section rather than a teammate’s head. Consider this BSPN piece back in January 2013 by Jackie MacMullan.
While Mankins was quiet, respectful and understated off the field, he exhibited a fury on the field that could be terrifying. Vegely termed it “just the right amount of ornery.”
“If you pissed him off,” Vegely said, “you were in trouble.”
Broncos defensive end Ebenezer Ekuban discovered Mankins’ dark side in 2005. Ekuban was, according to Patriots teammates, hitting Mankins after the whistle. Mankins became so incensed he punched Ekuban in the groin, which earned him an ejection and a $7,500 fine. While teams generally frown upon such underhanded tactics, Tedy Bruschi confessed, “We liked it. You need at least one guy like that on the line.”
Nothing like an uppercut to the nuts to get a defensive lineman’s attention when needed. LOL And yes, it was in retaliation.
So Bucs fans got the guard they wanted, an All-Pro guard no less, and the right kind of nasty attitude directed at the proper targets.
Call it a 2-for-1 special.