Bowers Continues His DescentAugust 30th, 2013
The freefall of Da’Quan Bowers troubles Joe most because of how he was evaluated by the regime. It”s just scary to swallow that the Bucs went so wrong on Bowers after so much time to scrutinize his every move.
Greg Schiano and his trusted advisors, including Super Bowl–winning defensive line coach and defensive guru Butch Davis, worked with Bowers last season and this spring and decided Bowers was their man. A double-digit sack man, Greg Schiano said, who re-worked his body during a brilliant and focused recovery from a blown Achilles in April 2012.
But Bowers struggled out of the gate in training camp. His conditioning was a problem and his play was bad. Bowers readily admits both and says he didn’t really get how demanding training camp would be because he was limited or missed the previous two in his pro career. Huh? Hello in there!
Despite Schiano recently saying Bowers needed to build up his reps in preseason to transition into an every-down player, Bowers’ playing time and prominence seemingly has taken a punch to the gut.
Last night against the Redskins, Bowers did not start but came off the bench. Adrian Clayborn had the night off, and Daniel Te’O-Neshiem and Trevor Scott got starting nods. Bowers was a situational player– in the fourth preseason game. He was hardly a stud against the Redskins’ backups.
There’s plenty of time for 23-year-old Bowers to turn it around. But there’s little reason to think that will happen with some sort of flick of a switch on opening day.