Bucs Losing Recovery GamblesOctober 21st, 2013
Rockstar general manager Mark Dominik made four large calculated gambles on health entering this season. He banked on four highly-paid Buccaneers returning productive off major surgery: Adrian Clayborn, Carl Nicks, Davin Joseph and Darrelle Revis.
If Joe adds up what these guys have delivered, it doesn’t look good.
Clayborn seems healthy, but that’s a little scary if he is, considering he only has two sacks while playing alongside a Pro Bowl defensive tackle. The trade deadline is in eight days. Joe knows the Bucs won’t trade Clayborn, but what would he fetch on the open market? Joe suspects it wouldn’t be much.
Nicks’ foot wasn’t right in the offseason before he was afflicted with MRSA twice.
Joseph says he’s 100 percent, and the team has deemed him healthy. But Joseph is playing ugly football at right guard. Either the Bucs were wrong in their assessment of his readiness or the Bucs’ captain is on the down side of his career. Joseph turns 30 in a few weeks.
Revis has played well, but not like a $16 million-per-game cornerback should. He’s not quite 100 percent, and the debate rages on about whether he’s been used properly.
Again, Joe knows the Bucs planned on getting all these guys back at 100 percent. Before the season, Joe said on the radio that the Bucs would be lucky to have three out of four of them healthy.
Now, it seems like the Bucs haven’t even got half of what they expected from these team cornerstones. The gamble didn’t pay off.