Bucs Hoping Gilberry Revives In 4-3 DefenseJune 5th, 2012
Joe sees the Bucs signed free agent defensive end Wallace Gilberry yesterday and Joe is forced to take notice.
No, the 27-year-old Gilberry is not a superstar.
However, he had seven sacks in 2010 for the Chiefs as a 3-4 defensive end playing part-time in 16 games. For Joe, any young guy not to far out of a strong season like that has to be taken seriously. Gilberry had a dropoff in 2011 for the Chiefs, but he wasn’t injured and didn’t miss a game over the past three seasons, so it’s not like the Bucs are getting damaged goods.
Joe found this Gilberry analysis from Arrowhead Addict most intriguing.
Gilberry was kind of a victim of unfortunate circumstances. He was picked up by the Herm Edwards regime when the Chiefs were still running a 4-3 defense. The next season, however, Herm Edwards was gone and so was the 4-3 defense. Gilberry was kind of a fish out of water in the 3-4. He wasn’t quite fast enough to play OLB and was too small to handle the run at DE.
Despite all that, Gilberry managed 7 sacks in 2010, which was second highest on the team. He did so as a sub-package pass rusher. He also added 4.5 sacks during the dismal 2009 season.
In 2011, however, Gilberry took a step back. In 2011 he saw his role diminish significantly and he only registered ten tackles and 2.5 sacks. Part of this may have been that Gilberry added some weight for the 2011 season in an attempt to be a better fit in KC’s 3-4 scheme.
Personally, I thought the Chiefs should have tried to trade Gilberry to a 4-3 team following the 2010 season. I feel like they could have gotten upwards of a 4th round pick for him. After last season, however, his stock was lowered.
I expect big things from Wallace in Tampa Bay. Don’t be surprised if he joins Jason Babin as a former Chief who hits hit big elsewhere.
So maybe Gilberry really is a solid 4-3 end who was stuck in the wrong system and made the most of it. Joe can dream, right? The Bucs are aching for defensive line depth since the loss of Da’Quan Bowers.
Undrafted after a first-team All-SEC season at Alabama in 2007, Gilberry clearly has put in the work to prove himself and overachieved. The Bucs are banking on that continuing.