Schiano Ex-Bucs: 17 Sacks; 2013 Bucs: 17 SacksOctober 29th, 2013
Yesterday, Joe banged the drum to signal how the Bucs let 2012 sack leader Michael Bennett walk away needlessly and how the Bucs still haven’t come close to matching his loss in sacks.
But it gets more criminal than that. There are other defensive linemen the Bucs had participating as Buccaneer Men on the fields of One Buc Palace over the past two years that they let get away – men who are shining for other teams, teams with realistic playoff chances by the way.
Joe’s going to throw out four names. Chris Jones, Wallace Gilberry, George Selvie and Bennett. The Bucs had these guys on their roster. Bennett, who wanted to return, was allowed to walk away, the other three were cut.
Selvie, now playing for Rod Marinelli and the Cowboys, has five sacks. Jones, playing for Bill Belicheat and the Patriots, has 4.5 sacks. Gilberry, playing for Mike Zimmer and the Bengals, has three sacks. Bennett, playing for Pete Carroll and the Seahawks, has 4.5 sacks. (Keep in mind Gilberry also had a fantastic year last year, after the Bucs cut him in September 2012.)
Add those up and you have 17 sacks as we enter Week Nine of the NFL season. The Bucs are currently 22nd in the NFL in sacks with — you guessed it — 17 sacks (with linebackers leading the team no less.)
Now what the hell is going on here? A few things.
First, it seems the latest fad is to slam Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik. Granted, it’s not as if he has made Ozzie Newsome-like moves throughout his tenure with the Bucs, but he is hardly Bruce Allen, who was atrocious at player evaluation. Dominik saw something in Gilberry, Jones and Selive – enough to put them on the Bucs’ roster –that apparently the Bucs coaching staff either didn’t see or couldn’t get out of them.
Once defensive linemen get on the roster, they’re in the hands of the head coach. He decides who plays and who stays, not the GM.
Notice that the four former Bucs all have one thing in common? They are playing for coaches with a significant track record of getting the most out of players.
Many football pundits claim the Bucs have talent and most are shocked by the Bucs’ winless record with the talent they have? You may do the math but Joe already knows the riddle: The Bucs coaching staff is doing a terrible job of developing talent, evaluating talent, or simply using the talent they have to produce wins.
Bucs commander Greg Schiano has said several times during his 12 of 13 game losing tailspin that his coaching staff must do a better job, starting with himself. You sure are right, Coach. Problem is, just like you and your staff didn’t see the talent in those four former Bucs, fans sure aren’t seeing the talent and development in your coaching, i.e. wins.
Think the Bucs couldn’t use any of those four guys and their 17 sacks?
Oh, Bennett is hardly the only defensive lineman that was not fond of Schiano. Earlier this year, Gilberry blasted the Bucs commander for running what he termed “a high school program.”