THE PESSIMIST: Ward Cut Reeks Of FrugalityAugust 31st, 2010
THE PESSIMIST is a diehard Bucs fan whose negative writings appear occasionally on JoeBucsFan.com. His views surely do not necessarily reflect those of Joe. However, Joe sure gets a kick out of them.
THE PESSIMIST was signed for another regular season on JoeBucsFan.com, but today’s breaking news of Derrick Ward getting cut has him returning early.
Why the hell couldn’t Derrick Ward be the Bucs’ third-string running back?
What the hell is wrong with insurance? The Glazers surely have it for their cars, their teeth and their palatial estates, but not their running backs?
Derrick Ward’s production with the Giants may be ancient history, but he surely was good enough for this Bucs roster.
Now the Bucs head for battle with lead dog Cadillac Williams, who’s playing on two patched up knees and is no Pro Bowl candidate, and Kareem Huggins, who is nothing more than a prayer with dreadlocks.
This is not a running game that you put together with a bunch of unproven receivers. The Bucs’ offense is dreadful.
With no salary cap, a paltry payroll and no depth at running back, THE PESSIMIST smells money as the main reason for Ward’s ouster after a pretty good showing in the last preseason game.
Depth is supposed to be important in the NFL. Apparently, profit is more important. Soon the Bucs might need a telescope to see what used to be the salary cap floor.
THE PESSIMIST hopes he’s wrong. THE PESSIMIST sincerely hopes an established NFL running back is on the phone with Mark Dominik booking a flight to Houston.
What happens now if Cadillac gets hurt? The Bucs turn to Earnest Graham, trot out a crappy fullback, and tell Josh Freeman to hang in there?
Ward was no panacea. And for all THE PESSIMIST knows, Ward was a raging ass around the locker room and the Bucs questioned whether he could handle being buried on the bench.
But Ward was healthy. He knew the offense. And he just showed he had some life in his legs.
His $3 million plus for 2010 was well worth it — unless there’s a replacement on the way.