Harsh Review Of CousinsMarch 31st, 2014
Joe’s been spending time learning about the newest Buccaneers, and Joe’s been having a had time finding positives on guard Oniel Cousins.
As of now the Bucs plan on having Cousins slug it out with Jamon Meredith to replace Davin Joseph at right guard, per Lovie Smith’s comments at the NFL Owners meetings.
Cousins is seemingly a hand-picked fruit of new Bucs offensive line coach George Warhop. The two were in Cleveland the past three seasons. Dayton Daily News Browns writer Chris Pokorny seems stunned the Bucs signed Cousins, calling the soon-to-be-30-year-old “horrible.” Pokorny also wrote the following on his Browns blog.
There was no redeeming quality about Cousins’ play as a starting guard last season. He was forced into the starting lineup to start the year after injuries to Jason Pinkston and Shawn Lauvao. I am not kidding when I say this — Cousins looked like the worst offensive guard I’ve ever seen in all my years of watching football.
Cousins has made nine starts in six NFL seasons (Ravens and Browns), so Joe surely isn’t expecting much from him. But are the Bucs? Joe hopes not. This smells to Joe a bit like Bob Bostad thinking he could revive Gabe Carimi last season.
Regardless, there is plenty of time for the Bucs to find offensive line help via the draft and roster shaving that goes on around the league in the summer. At this point, with Davin Joseph unemployed, Joe wonders whether the Bucs might consider reuniting with Joseph at bargain-basement price?