THE PESSIMIST: No Rush, No Super BowlOctober 12th, 2008
Please don’t say the Bucs were near perfect in Sunday’s win against Carolina.
The goal is to craft a Super Bowl team – not a soft division winner – and the Bucs are miles away from challenging for the NFC title.
The pass rush continues to be invisible. Tampa Bay’s last sack? Try Barrett Ruud taking down Aaron Rodgers in the second quarter against the Green Bay Packers. That’s 10 quarters now without dropping a quarterback.
The Bucs’ success against the Panthers is a testament to their tremendous linebacker and secondary play. (The Bears sacked Delhomme three times. The Vikings dumped him five times.) Just freakin’ imagine how dominant this D could be if they could get some real pressure up the gut or off the edge.
Monte Kiffin deserves the benefit of the doubt here, but he’s not a wizard.
No matter how Monte schemes, he can’t turn Greg White into Warren Sapp, or Gaines Adams into Simeon Rice. And no matter how many cartwheels Jovan Haye does, he and Chris Hovan will never be mistaken for Pro Bowlers.