Tim Crowder Off Raheem’s Radar?July 25th, 2010
Joe’s got a quick trivia question for you.
Who led the Bucs in solo tackles among defensive linemen in 2009?
[Insert Jeopardy music]. … OK. The answer is Tim Crowder. Yes, defensive end Tim Crowder, the former Broncos second-round pick who was snatched off the scrap heap last September after being cut by Denver.
Now Crowder, who just turned 25, impressed Joe with his motor and athleticism. The guy sure seemed like a solid backup end with good potential.
But in a feature penned by the St. Pete Times’ Stephen Holder today about the Bucs defensive line, Raheem The Dream’s published quotes omit Crowder and appear to label him a forgotten man.
“You look at it and you have Roy, you have Kyle Moore, you have Brian Price and you have Gerald McCoy,” Morris said. “I’m not saying those are the only guys who are going to play, but that’s a nice core group of guys who can grow together.”
With the Bucs reporting for training camp Friday, the hope is that these linemen are mature enough to push each other and shorten their learning curves at a position that requires patience. Morris said he saw evidence of that in Miller and Moore last season as rookies.
“Kyle Moore had some growth and development to do,” Morris said. “His background and his serious demeanor coming from a winning program (USC), all those things kicked in, and you saw it at the end of last year and going into this offseason. Hopefully it keeps going on that upward (trend) for these guys because, you know as well as I know, not too many D-linemen come in this league and right off the bat become immediate contributors.”
Joe’s glad everything “kicked in” for Moore, so says Raheem The Dream. Joe assumes this was after Moore got past his habit of snoozing through meetings.
So where was Crowder in that Holder story? Not a mention at all by Raheem The Dream or Holder.
Former Bucs defensive lineman Steve White, a JoeBucsFan.com analyst, months ago predicted Crowder could be on the outside looking in entering the 2010 season. So it goes for guys like him, White explained in a detailed analysis of Crowder’s season and immediate future.
You would think that after the strong season Crowder turned in as a backup and with the injury to starter Jimmy Wilkerson, that he would be a lock to be on the roster next season. But having been a backup for most of my career, I can tell you that he is probably still on the bubble more than most fans would think.
For one thing the Bucs drafted Kyle Moore last year out of USC and they are probably going to be pushing him to get playing time this season. For another, its been widely acknowledged that we have to upgrade our defensive line. That means you can expect the Bucs to bring in some more ends either via free agency or the draft. And one thing you never can know or control as a player is how one of those other guys will perform.
It sickens Joe that there’s so much ego in the coaching/GM ranks that a guy like Moore is going to be all but gift-wrapped a starting job because he was a fourth-round pick of the present regime, versus an “outsider” like Crowder, who’s just one year older and seems more deserving. And by no means is it just the Bucs who have that attitude when it comes to players.
Joe just hopes Raheem The Dream runs the best starter out at left end on opening day.