Front Office/Coaching Failures Are GlaringSeptember 22nd, 2013
The Bucs are painfully thin at tight end, and today they relied on undrafted rookie tight end project Tim Wright from (all together now) Rutgers to catch his first NFL pass in the end zone at a key moment.
It was a well thrown ball from Freeman and it went through Wright’s hands. Tough Catch? Yes. But Joe’s more concerned by what the hell Wright is doing on the field to begin with? Sure, you can say Wright has to make plays just like the Patriots’ rookies did today, but the Bucs had — and still have — room under the salary cap for more help and competition at tight end. They passed on that. Who evaluated Wright as NFL-worthy? He showed nothing through preseason and training camp and through the first two weeks that Joe could notice.
On the Buccaneers Radio Network postgame show, former Bucs tight end Anthony Becht referred to Wright as “a guy that probably shouldn’t be out there.”
One can say the Bucs don’t emphasize the tight end position much, but still, Dallas Clark caught 47 balls and four touchdowns last season. That production has to be made up.
Joe also looks at Bucs No. 3 receiver Kevin Ogletree, a guy who has shown worse hands than Michael Clayton’s, and Joe wonders who the hell evaluated this guy to be worthy of his job. And he’s our third best receiver?
As for the offensive playcalling? It’s not working. It’s as if NFL defenses caught up to Mike Sullivan late last season and never looked back.
“What were the second-half adjustments?” Becht asked rhetorically.
Joe has to point a finger at rockstar general manager Mark Dominik and the coaching staff for a chunk of the troubles on offense. Yes, No. 5 hasn’t been good. But it hasn’t been pretty around him, either.