“They Have The Tools To Be Great”July 7th, 2014
There’s a common theme among most preseason breakdowns of the NFC South: every team is ready for greatness.
Former juicehead and superstar Shawne Merriman likes what he sees from Tampa Bay.
In this NFL Network video, Merriman is high on Lovie Smith’s impact, stating Lovie will command instant respect and know how to win with his roster. “They have the tools to be great,” Merriman said of the Bucs’ talent.
Noteworthy in the video is footage of Lovie talking it up on the sidelines in practice with Dashon “Hawk” Goldson, who is recovering from offseason ankle surgery. Unlike injured comrade Carl Nicks, Goldson was very active and visible through the Bucs spring practices, though Goldson has not participated on the field.
Merriman also made an interesting point about the Falcons, saying their 2014 inclusion in the HBO series Hard Knocks will greatly benefit Atlanta and get players giving their all in every second of training camp. Considering Merriman never played for a team on “Hard Knocks,” Joe can’t buy that to the level Merriman takes it.
So Hard Knocks is going to motivate professionals to the point of a significantly impacting the teams’ toughness and readiness? If that were true, the NFL wouldn’t begging teams to participate.