Wrong “Sort Of People” Were On Bucs RosterApril 24th, 2012
Former NFL great Randy Cross fired an arrow at rockstar general manager Mark Dominik today during an interview with Bobby Fenton on WDAE-AM 620 radio.
The good news is Cross said he believes the 2012 Bucs are a winning football team and possibly a playoff team and it was the wrong mix of people, not talent, that soiled the Raheem Morris regime.
“They’re much closer to the team and the record after 2010 than they are after the 2011 season. I just think there was a such a meltdown and an incomplete job done as far as building that roster and stocking with the right kind of personalities,” Cross said. “You add the right sort of people.
“You know, you look at what you’ve done over the last two years. I love Adrian [Clayborn]. You get [Gerald] McCoy healthy and going. Josh Freeman has a Josh Freeman kind of year and doesn’t regress. You’ve done some very, very nice things. I think you’ve got areas that I’d immediately get after. Specifically, and it sounds strange, but I would go back into that defensive line personally and add a little bit. I’d go to that offensive line and add some.”
With all the draft gurus talking about player grades and big-board rankings, etc., it’s refreshing to hear a reminder like this from Cross that GMs aren’t just stockpiling bodies but trying to blend personalities, add the elements for good team chemistry, and all the other stuff that makes a winning football club.
Key player cogs gone from the 2011 Bucs are Albert Haynesworth, Geno Hayes, Sean Jones, Tanard Jackson, Jeff Faine, Josh Johnson and Kregg Lumpkin. Stepping in are Carl Nicks, Vincent Jackson, Eric Wright, Dan Orlovsky, Amobi Okoye and a whole new round of draft picks.
Hopefully, with a new law-and-order coaching staff, that’s enough to wipeout the quit the Bucs displayed in 2011.