Bucs Fans’ Odd Love Affair With Michael JenkinsFebruary 1st, 2013
Joe has an amusing yet confused interest in the love affair Bucs fans have with some cornerbacks.
Last year, the obsession with the stiff known as Stanford Routt (pfffttt!) bordered on the lunatic fringe. Despite getting cut from the worst team in the NFL, Bucs fans hounded Joe daily about the Bucs signing Routt, even though he was walking the sidewalks for weeks before someone felt sorry for him and gave him a job.
At one point, Bucs fans were so out of control over the Bucs not signing Routt, Joe was convinced Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik would have been seal-clubbed if caught jogging in south Tampa.
Well, Routt has company, sort of. Bucs fans have had a long, yet far less senile crush on Cowboys defensive back Michael Jenkins. And with the Bucs having cash to throw around and the market for cornerbacks both in the draft and in free agency somewhat scant, the drumbeat of Jenkins is slowly growing louder.
Take this Bucs TBO Q&A for example:
Q. I have a hunch that Tampa is gonna make a move for Mike Jenkins before or during the draft. Dallas doesn’t want or need him and he is a young talented player that probably wouldn’t yield a heavy draft pick. This move would also allow the Bucs not to reach for corner in first round so we could address pass rush or something there and corner in second. What are your thoughts?
- Mike, Fitchburg, Mass.
A. I guess anything is possible.
- Woody Cummings
Joe cannot find the video on YouTube.com any longer, but Jenkins once actually gave up on a clear tackle that could have saved a touchdown; A PeeWee kid would have been benched for that stunt, much less an NFL player.
When Bucs coach Greg Schiano was first hired, he went spoke to popular sports radio personality Adam Schein and former Super Bowl quarterback Rich Gannon, co-hosts of “The Blitz,” heard exclusively on SiriusXM NFL Radio, and tore apart unnamed Bucs cornerbacks for giving up on tackles (it had to have been Aqib Talib?) and flatly said that type of nonense was “not going to be acceptable” on his team. In OTAs and training camp, Schiano put the Bucs defenders through rigorous tackling drills.
There is a reason Jerry Jones went out and signed a cornerback and drafted a cornerback last spring. There is also a reason why Cowboys fans loathe Jenkins.
In short, USF product Jenkins is not a Buccaneer Man. No, the Bucs can do better than Jenkins.
Yet Joe knows this strange love affair between Bucs fans and Jenkins won’t subside any time soon.