Lovie May Have Found Bowers’ ElixirAugust 8th, 2014
Yes, Joe knows Bucs defensive end Da’Quan Bowers has been a major disappointment, now entering his fourth season (and maybe last) with Tampa Bay.
What few good plays Bowers has made — you could count them on one hand — have been largely forgotten amid allegations by coaches (of two different staffs) of him being out of shape, and by him being spotted kneeling on one knee in practice more than participating.
In likely a last-gasp attempt to save his career, Bucs coach Lovie Smith moved Bowers to the inside to back up Gerald McCoy. It may have been what Bowers needed.
Though he didn’t start, Bowers, on his first series, had two tackles for loss and a near interception. It was Bowers’ best game and easily his best series. While Joe has been critical of Bowers in the past, Joe is giddy. Maybe Lovie has found the magic potion and is in the process of turning around Bowers? Can Lovie turn him from stinging disappointment to an actual producer.
Mock Joe (and Bowers) if you wish, because Bowers was doing this against scrubs and future bellhops, but when has Bowers ever done anything like he did Friday night?
Ronde Barber even said on the postgame broadcast that Bowers can “dominate” because of the strength he’s showing as an interior pass rusher.
It’s a step, though a small step, in the right direction for the Clemson product.