Da’Quan Bowers Mystery ContinuesAugust 24th, 2013
Bucs anointed left defensive end Da’Quan Bowers, who Bucs coach Greg Schiano has been riding hard to improve, did not start for the second straight preseason game.
Joe does not recall hearing Bowers’ name called until the second half and he only had a few first-half snaps.
Now remember the Bucs made a decision to let sack leader Michael Bennett walk for a paltry sum of cash, despite tons of cap space available. One reason the Bucs let Bennett walk was the Bucs’ belief that Bowers was ready to take over as the team sacks leader. One could argue Bowers, now in his third season, is off to his worst start (even when he started last year late because of injury) after being all but given a job.
The Bucs passed up chances to get several free agent pass rushers, even though the Bucs clearly knew pass rush one was a critical area needing an upgrade.
No, Bennett may not have been a toes-on-the-line kinda guy. No, Bennett is not nor ever will be the second coming of Bruce Smith. But in the immortal words of Raheem Morris, “I will tolerate you until I can replace you.”
The Bucs, clearly, have not been able to replace Bennett.