Clayborn Joins Bowers With Parting ShotJanuary 4th, 2014
Adrian Clayborn and Da’Quan Bowers should be talking big with their play and not their Twitter accounts, so says former Bucs guard Ian Beckles.
The popular WDAE-AM 620 radio host wagged a finger of shame at Clayborn and Bowers for their jabs at the New Schiano Order following its demise. Joe already brought you Bowers’ plea for good coaching, but Clayborn also yearned publicly for personal change.
@ajaclay – Can’t wait to put my hand in the dirt full time again
Clayborn was referencing the Schiano regime having him frequently rush from a standing position on both ends of the defensive line during the second half of the season. Schiano, Butch Davis, Bill Sheridan, Randy Melvin and Bryan Cox, the pass rush specialist, clearly got together and determined that Clayborn was ineffective with his hand on the ground most of the time.
Even if they were wrong, per Beckles, that’s irrelevant.
“You know what, be quiet. You’re nobody at the moment. That’s not classy to me,” Beckles said. “Clayborn didn’t do much this year. I didn’t hear his name that much. So instead of you bitching and moaning about standing up and playing, perfect it.
“I don’t want to hear people bitching and moaning about coaches as they go out. You have to buy in regardless. If you don’t buy in, it won’t work. Maybe that’s why Greg Schiano didn’t work. You have to have guys buy in. Not everybody bought in.”
Interestingly, Beckles also made the point there are guys on the Bucs roster who didn’t buy in to two regimes: those of Raheem Morris and Schiano.
Are Bowers and Clayborn in that group? Joe can’t say that. In 2011, Clayborn was one of the few Buccaneers who came to play every snap. Regardless, both Bowers and Clayborn will have to do a lot of impressing in a hurry to not have Lovie Smith signing pass rushers come March.
You can listen to Beckles’ full rant below.