Right-Now Offense Needs One More PieceApril 25th, 2012
Joe sees the Bucs offense as a veteran group built to win immediately.
There’s the massively paid veteran offensive line with multiple Pro Bowl types in their prime. There’s the veteran No. 1 wideout making massive cash with experienced third-year guys at Nos. 2 & 3. There’s the 29-year-old tight end with 39-year-old knees who probably has one or two good seasons in him, at best.
And there’s franchise QB Josh Freeman, with 40 starts under his belt, entering a pivotal season.
That leaves running back, where Joe’s a big fan of LeGarrette Blount, but Joe fully realizes you need two quality backs – three wouldn’t hurt – especially when you claim to be a run-first team. (Look at the RB talent on every team in the NFC South.) So Joe sees running back as the only hole on offense and one the Bucs can’t whiff on in the draft, when failing at that position can bring the entire offense down.
Using that logic, Joe could see how the Bucs might believe versatile Trent Richardson is the missing piece for a true playoff-caliber offense. If that’s the mindset of rockstar general manager Mark Dominik and Greg Schiano, then Joe could understand how they could take a whatever-it-takes mentality toward drafting Richardson.
However, that doesn’t mean it would make any sense with a defense filled with as many holes as the Bucs’. The Bucs have five positions with serious question marks in their back-7, and possibly lousy depth at cornerback if Aqib Talib lands in prison or gets suspended.
Joe sees drafting a running back in the first round as an extreme luxury the Bucs just can’t afford.
Grab a back in the second or third round and hurry up and sign the best available free-agent veteran back on the street. Outside of that, the Bucs have to load up on the defensive side of the ball. The cruel facts dictate the move.