Bucs Will Need LeGarrette Blount

November 4th, 2012

Joe is a big LeGarrette Blount guy as readers know. But Joe is sensing a turning point in the clamoring for Blount by Bucs fans.

Blount has had more than a few chances to show Bucs coach Greg Schiano he should get more carries. Outside of a run or two, it’s hard to see why Blount should get more carries given the success of Doug Martin. Even Joe can see this.

Doug Martin seems to be getting better and better every week and his dazzling performance against the Vikings was what Bucs fans have been waiting for. This is yet another reason that Blount won’t get many carries.

Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune types that, despite his limited carries and not much to justify more, the Bucs will need Blount down the road this season.

Though the idea of trading RB LeGarrette Blount grew legs on local sports-talk radio, it never gained traction at One Buc Place, where Dominik was wary of the possibility of history repeating itself.

He wasn’t so wary a year ago, when he opted not to re-sign Cadillac Williams and then regretted it after Kregg Lumpkin turned out to be Kregg Lumpkin and Earnest Graham went down with a career-ending Achilles tendon injury.

The idea of trading Blount, then, was never really given much thought, though there was more behind the decision to hold onto him than fear an injury could destroy the team’s depth.

This is a valid point. At some time this season Martin is going to hit the old rookie wall and hit it hard. Will he be able to manage that wall? Only time will tell.

Perhaps keeping Blount in the mix on game days will delay Martin from hitting that dreaded wall.

13 Responses to “Bucs Will Need LeGarrette Blount”

  1. Greg Says:

    Really Joe? You have had a love affair with this guy and hes done nothing when hes had the oppertunity. Hes thetip toe bandit and does not run as his body type suggests he can. Hes ver slow to accelerate and can not change direction AT ALL. Not to mention the inability to pass protect. He will be gone after this year and the bucs will bring in another back.

  2. SensibleBuc Says:

    Objectively, looks like a good move to keep him. He’s young, cheap, proven and hasn’t been a knucklehead this year…

    Subjectively, I think we should’ve gotten rid of him for the right price (4th/5th rounder). He doesn’t seem to – no, scratch that – he doesn’t fit within our blocking scheme and he’s already shown that he doesn’t have enough tools to be effective on 3rd downs or short yardage…and he doesn’t play special teams either. So basically he’s just taking up a roster spot.

    If he were traded and, worse case scenario Dougie gets hurt, I think the Ware/Smitty/Madu would be passable for the rest of the season.

  3. SensibleBuc Says:

    @greg

    No he’ll be here until his contract is up at the end of 2014. He’s young cheap and proven. No need to cut him and get nothing in return.

  4. Miguel El Magnifico Says:

    Blount is a great RB and he will find a home next year. One good thing is that RB’s don’t age like other athletes, they absorb damage and accumulate injuries until they no longer can perform.

    LGB is getting paid to practice and stays fresh. He no longer fumbles. His legend grows and so will his paychecks.

    News Bulletin: Sean Payton is a free agent. His contract expires after this season. In my opinion, the Glazers should offer him the moon and make the Little General the most expensive special teams coach in the NFL.

  5. Mainebuc Says:

    Joe,

    Blount sucks.

  6. FlBoy84 Says:

    Seems Blount’s inconsistency is what may be holding him back. Schiano’s referrenced that he’s practiced better lately, which is a really curious statement. Is that saying he doesn’t practice with the intensity other guys do, he’s not assignment sound, or …? From an endzone view on one of Blount’s runs during the Minnesota game, Lorig blocked the MLB to the right creating a lane over LG, yet Blount cut it right over RG and ran into the blitzing safety and DT for no gain. Could be that ocassional lack of vision and lack of trust by the staff is what’s keeping him on the bench.

  7. 76buc76 Says:

    Nice Miguel no longer fumbles.Give me 20 carries and I probably wouldn’t fumble either.After a couple hundred carries without a fumble then you can say he no longer fumbles

  8. Greg Says:

    He is not a money issue but just does not fit. Cutting him wont cost us anything and we need someone to help Martin who has similar attributes so we dont have to be predictable based on which back is in place. Anyone have MJD’s agents number?

  9. fritz50 Says:

    “News Bulletin: Sean Payton is a free agent. His contract expires after this season. In my opinion, the Glazers should offer him the moon and make the Little General the most expensive special teams coach in the NFL.”

    You’re a fool if you think N.O. is going to let him walk.

  10. Mainebuc Says:

    I don’t want Sean Payton as HC. I am Schiano guy.

  11. Gus Says:

    @miguel Sign Sean Payton………..if you were the GM I would denounce my fanhood.

  12. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    You guys shouldn’t respond to Miguelito El Estupido any more. He’s just a fool looking for an audience. Let him twist in the wind and he’ll eventually go away.

  13. Macabee Says:

    Not anymore!

 
 

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