Xavier Rhodes May Not Be A Buccaneer ManMarch 1st, 2013
How badly do the Bucs need cornerbacks? Well, if you walk up to One Buc Palace, you may just get a tryout on the spot.
With the draft being rich with solid cornerbacks through the first three rounds, it remains to be seen whether the Bucs draft a corner in the first round or, which will be very difficult to do, find a desperate team in order to trade down and perhaps nab Xavier Rhodes.
Largely regarded as the second-best cornerback in the draft, Rhodes, though a very good cover corner, upon further review may not be a Buccaneer Man because he is allergic to tackling. This comes from a man by the moniker of “NFLosophy,” a former head honcho in an NFL front office who refuses to offer his real name but his Twitters are fantastic to read as he loves breaking down film and translates what he sees into easy-to-understand terminology.
In fact, NFLosophy is one of Joe’s favorite follows.
Let’s just say NFLosophy is scared off of Rhodes due to his resistance to tackling.
@NFLosophy: Xavier Rhodes is a terrible tackler. Much better ball skills than Milliner. Lets good WRs get across his face too much. Needs better jab. … Rhodes is really good at getting his guy to the sideline and getting his head around to the QB while staying in step with WR. … Rhodes is an outside CB only. He’ll never be able to play in the slot. Misses way too many jabs at LOS, doesn’t drive his WR from that. … Another ? for Rhodes: Not a max effort guy vs. run. Multiple plays where RB got outside and he didn’t chase. That’ll only get worse in NFL … I’ve seen mentions that Rhodes is better than Milliner…Not the case. Not even close. Rhodes is very good, but Milliner better all around.
This is downright troubling to read that Rhodes bails so much against the run. Joe has a vision of Bucs coach Greg Schiano watching Rhodes not make an effort against the run while studying tape and reaching for a bottle of Pepto Bismol.
Though Joe loves how Rhodes pays attention to the quarterback and the ball — how many times have you seen Bucs corners have a play at the ball if they only turned around to look at the quarterback/ball? — Joe will forever remember in Greg Schiano’s interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio at the NFL Combine last year. Schiano said 2011 Bucs film revealed a starting cornerback (Aqib Talib?) loafing on runs and said, in so many worss, that type of play is simply unacceptable and would not be tolerated.
NFLosophy claims that a defender who doesn’t want to dirty his uniform will only grow worse in the NFL.
Joe remembers a term former Bucs linebacker Scot Brantley loved using: “It’s all about want-to.”
Apparently, Rhodes didn’t want to.
Is that the makings of a Buccaneer Man? Joe doesn’t think so.