The New Trent Dilfer

April 28th, 2009

This should send shivers up the spine of any sane Bucs fan.

In breaking down the NFL draft for the NFC South, Vacation Man, of, invoked a frightening name from the Bucs past when discussing the drafting of Josh Freeman, Bucs bust-in-waiting.

Nothing else is even remotely close to the Freeman selection when it comes to risk. When you draft a franchise quarterback, something the Bucs hadn’t done since Trent Dilfer in 1994, you’re obligated to try to build your team around him.

Joe will never forget the home game against the Giants when Dilfer, for some twisted reason, had the hairbrain scheme of rushing out of the pocket. And as he was stepping out of bounds he decided to wing the ball down the sideline roughly 50 yards. Of course, it was picked off though replays showed he was likely out of bounds.

When asked later about the idiotic play, Dilfer said he was trying to throw the ball away. Dilfer was so brutal and inaccurate, he couldn’t even throw the ball out of bounds!

Freeman couldn’t be this bad, could he?

Vacation Man, who has been on a roll of late, really tripped up during a live chat on Saturday, but Joe will somewhat let it slide in that Vacation Man could have been exhausted and needed another vacation.

Vacation Man claimed Dilfer played on a bad team with the Bucs.

Jonathan (Miami): Why does Tampa always pick QB’s it never works for them

Vacation Man: They haven’t picked one in the first round in 15 years. Dilfer and Testaverde weren’t busts. They just had horrible teams around them.

Wrong! Dilfer was on a playoff team in 1997 with the Bucs and was on the team that advanced to the 1999 NFC title game, but was hurt and didn’t play in the playoffs. Joe would hardly consider those two teams “horrible.”

The quarterback? That’s a different story.

3 Responses to “The New Trent Dilfer”

  1. JK Says:

    That’s right Joe. Start blaming the quarterback now. Plant the seed now. Get down on the quarterback. My prediction is already coming true. It doesn’t matter who quarterbacks the Bucs next year. It’s all his fault. Gutting the team and firing a decent coach had nothing to do with it. Besides if I’m not mistaken I think Trent Dilfer does wear a super bowl ring. It doesn’t matter to me if he was hired to not loose the game. He didn’t. He did his job. Just another decent player the media ran out of town.

  2. Alex Says:

    Joe, Trent Dilfer wasn’t just on a playoff team in 1997… he was a Pro Bowl quarterback in just his 3rd season.

  3. leningan Says:

    Dilfer also won the NFL Quarterback Challenge in 2001, for what it’s worth.
    I believe he is the only QB to do so while not signed to an NFL squad. (this was in between Tampa and Baltimore).