The Countdown: Worst 20 Buccaneers Of The Past 10 Years — No. 16July 14th, 2014
All the Top-Whatever lists across the Internet got Joe thinking of the Buccaneers’ drought since their Super Bowl glory. And that motivated Joe to rank the 20 worst Buccaneers of the past 10 years.
Immense thought went into this at JoeBucsFan.com world headquarters. There was even an all-night screaming session where a top intern stood on a table yelling, “If Derrick Ward isn’t on this list, then I quit.” Joe had to get the poor kid a beer before Joe fired him for spilling it.
Primary consideration was given to expectations for a player combined with his on-field performance. Off-field behavior was a factor, and players were not punished for injuries.
No. 16 — defensive end Da’Quan Bowers (2011-present)
Breathe easy. Bowers is the only current Buccaneer on this dubious list.
There’s more to the Bowers saga than the overall disappointment in him after being selected in the second round of the 2011 draft. Remember, Joe has vowed not to hold injury against a player, and Bowers hasn’t been healthy too often. But injury doesn’t excuse Bowers’ actions and performance entering the 2013 season.
After being labeled healthy and a destined “double-digit” sack man by Greg Schiano, Bowers proceeded to come into last year’s training camp out of shape. It was Joe who first reported Bowers showing visible signs of fatigue in camp and taking a knee. Schiano was unhappy and gave Bowers extended playing time in preseason games in hopes of ramping up his fitness.
And what did Bowers do with that extended playing time? Not a darn thing. Bowers failed to beat
offensive linemen future beer truck drivers and Brandon strip club bouncers lined up across from him. That was beyond horrendous. Joe was appalled.
How could a guy with alleged elite talent, a guy finally healthy and dubbed by his coach as a near Pro Bowler to be, not beat borderline NFL talent?
To make matters worse, Bowers couldn’t win a job in a position battle against currently unemployed Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, the guy a step below him at No. 17 on the Worst 20 Buccaneers Of The Past 10 Years list.
Please don’t tell Joe seasoned defensive minds like Butch Davis, Schiano, Randy Melvin, Bryan Cox and Dave Wannstedt (four have Super Bowl rings among that crew) evaluated Bowers incorrectly. He simply wasn’t good enough.No. 17 — Daniel Te’o-Nesheim No. 18 — Kyle Moore No. 19 - Jeremy Truebood No. 20 – Michael Clayton
The Countdown: Worst 20 Buccaneers Of The Past 10 Years will run once or twice daily until No. 1 is revealed on Thursday, July 24.