Why No Depth?September 22nd, 2013
Bucs coach Greg Schiano loves competition. So much so it has gotten him into trouble in the public eye over Josh Freeman, when Schiano said he wanted competition at all positions.
Schiano is still trying to backtrack from that statement nearly a year later.
Even for a coach who craves competition, there isn’t depth at receiver or tight end. As Joe pointed out earlier, this falls squarely on the front office. And it cost the Bucs dearly today.
Yes, Joe knows there were high hopes for Tom Crabtree (18 career receptions) at tight end. He’s a vicious blocker who showed good hands in training camp and preseason. But he is hurt and it is unknown when he will return (Joe saw him in the locker room last week and he was limping).
Joe also understands that tight end is not a prime targeted position in Mike Sullivan’s offense, but does that mean you have to count on a backup like Luke Stocker? This guy has shown little to nothing in his NFL career, other than he can get hurt. Joe understands football is a nasty game, but you simply cannot help any team out if you are in street clothes.
It is baffling that the Bucs couldn’t find depth/competition better than Stocker, who is just a step above camp meat.
Same with wide receivers. So Kevin Ogletree was the big pick-up? Mr. Michael Clayton II? There weren’t other receivers out there to be had? The Patriots had rookie wide receivers today that shamed the Bucs starting receivers. Geez.
Today, that oversight or indifference to the depth of the passing game came back to haunt the Bucs big time, and likely will for the rest of the season.