Tough Duty For Leonard JohnsonSeptember 16th, 2013
Greg Schiano made a point last week to say Leonard Johnson is “better” than he was last season.
That’s great to hear, but Joe’s not sure that’s anywhere near good enough.
Undrafted in 2012, Johnson is the Bucs’ No. 2 cornerback, the starter opposite Darrelle Revis. If Johnson left the Buccaneers, would he start anywhere else in the league? Johnson does some good things, but he makes critical errors and is limited by his physical tools.
Johnson was charged with man coverage on superstar receiver Marques Colston with the Saints frantically looking for a winning score yesterday. (Here’s the video evidence.) Darrelle Revis? Well, he was on rookie fifth-round pick Kenny Stills. Brees drilled a ball to Colston downfield. He was open and made a stunning catch.
Joe really can’t get mad a Johnson. The Bucs are asking him to play over his head, as they did last season when he was a member of the Fearsome Foursome of cornerbacks — “E.J., Leonard, Danny and LeQuan.”
Joe has to fault rockstar general manager Mark Dominik for leaving the Bucs so thin at corner, and for Greg Schiano seemingly consistently overvaluing Johnson. Schiano and Bill Sheridan must get the blame for putting their $1 million-a-game cornerback on the wrong receiver.