Corners Bring Smile To Frazier’s FaceJune 4th, 2014
It wasn’t long ago that the play of Bucs cornerbacks brought about several emotions from Bucs fans – and none were good.
From throwing beer bottles at TVs and punching windshields, to being tossed out of bars, to dogs running away in panic and cats cowering under couches from fear of being drop-kicked, to fans vomiting on the seats in front of them, it was no less than appalling what the Bucs trotted out on the field masquerading as a pass defense.
Joe will never, ever forget the sight of Hakeem Nicks roasting helmet-wielding, cabbie-slugging, pistol-whipping, granny-hassling, gun-totin’ Aqib Talib over an open fire at the New Jersey Swamplands in front of the good people of Gotham and the world’s media elite.
The 2012 Bucs cornerbacks were so horrid, they were a handful of yards away from setting a near century-old record for worst pass defense, coughing up 4,758 yards, 38 yards shy of an all-time NFL mark.
Well, color the contrast from then until now. Yesterday, Bucs defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier broke out into a wide smile in the June sunshine when asked about his cornerbacks.
“It’s been very heated,” Frazier said. “[Mike Jenkins] has come in, he’s fighting for a spot, Johnthan Banks doesn’t want to relinquish the spot and Alterraun Verner coming in fighting for a spot, it’s been healthy competition; it’s been good for our team. Danny Gorrer he’s fighting for a spot, Rashaan [Melvin] he’s fighting for a spot, we’ve got some depth at corner and it’ll all shake itself out once we get to training camp, we get the pads on and get through the preseason, but right now it’s been very heated and very good for our team.”
Joe just couldn’t shake the contrast; what a difference less than two years makes. Back in 2012, Bucs fans did collective facepalms and let out audible groans whenever the opponent put the ball into the air.
Now, the Bucs defensive coordinator is smiling as if remembering a Chris Rock show. Only the show is his cornerbacks.