Who Does Bisaccia Really Want?June 21st, 2011
As Joe touched on earlier, the end of the lockout means free agency is imminent, with apparently four-year vets and older players getting into the free-agency game.
That got Joe thinking of departed Bucs special teams coach Rich Bisaccia’s words to eye-RAH Kaufman of The Tampa Tribune back in January, when Bisaccia parted ways with the Bucs to head to San Diego. He mentioned three current Bucs — all soon-to-be free agents — by name.
“I’m proud of our body of work in Tampa over the years,” Bisaccia said. “I will definitely miss the players, guys like Maurice Stovall, Adam Hayward and Micheal Spurlock. To me, coaching is based on relationships and I’m proud of the relationships we built in Tampa Bay. Looking back, I’ve been touched by a lot of people in Tampa and the fans here have been great.”
Now the Chargers heinous special teams cost them a Super Bowl run last year. Bisaccia was brought in to fix that, and it’s safe to assume the team will give him some latitude to bring in at least a player or two he thinks will get the job done.
So who does he want from the Bucs?
Joe sure hopes it’s Stovall, who the Bucs have little use for anyway and whose special teams screwup all but cost the Bucs the December home game against Atlanta.
Spurlock, as Joe has written previously, would be a tough loss for the Bucs. He’s one of the better kick returner in the league and has shown a knack for catching huge passes.
Spurlock ranked seventh in the NFL among kickoff returners with more than 20 opportunities, and he was one of 16 guys in the NFL to return a kick for a touchdown. He also caught 17 balls (14.7 yards per catch) and two touchdowns.
If Bisaccia quickly snags Hayward, perhaps that makes Barrett Ruud more desirable to the Bucs?
Oh, the excitement of free agency. Joe can’t wait.