Bucs Are Guinea Pigs

October 21st, 2009

Speaking on his weekly appearance on “Movin’ the Chains” on Sirius NFL Radio with Pat Kirwan and Tim Ryan Wednesday afternoon, former Bucs general manager Bruce Almighty had an interesting take on why and when the Bucs and Patriots will leave for London.

The Patriots will leave Thursday while the Bucs will leave Friday. Bruce Almighty suggested the two teams are virtual guinea pigs as the NFL wants to find out which team better adapts to the time change,  whether it’s better to leave two full days or three full days before playing in London.

The reason for this, Bruce Almighty said, is that NFL warden commissioner Roger Goodell would like to have an NFL  team based in London [Joe’s speculation: Jacksonville perhaps?]. How teams adapt to the time change on three and/or two days will help give the NFL an idea of how to schedule games for a London-based franchise.

A couple of other interesting nuggets Bruce Almighty dropped:

* Bruce Almighty said there was a week last year — he did not specify — that the Bucs were so beat up that the team did nothing but walk-throughs the entire week. Bruce Almighty claimed the game the Bucs played that week was “successful” but did not reveal if the Bucs won or lost.

* Claimed that Gaines Adams is strictly a pass rusher who “worked hard.” Oh, please. Joe’s heard that song and dance.

   On a side note, Kirwan claimed he had researched when a team has traded a fourth overall pick in the draft after less than three years in the league (i.e. the Bucs and Adams) and he could not find an example. Kirwan asked Bruce Almighty if he knew of any player and Bruce Almighty replied, “Eli Manning.”

4 Responses to “Bucs Are Guinea Pigs”

  1. Mr. Allen Says:

    hey Joe you forgot to write about the experiment the Glazers wanted to do in 2009: To hire a nobody coach cut the payroll, lose as many games as possible and still make money! It’s a win-win for Joel and Malcolm

  2. Louie Says:

    No, the Bucs are going over Friday because the Glazers are cheap and don’t want to pay for another night in a hotel.

  3. Mr. Lucky Says:

    Hey but if the Bucs stay at a Holiday Inn Express do you think they’ll stand a chance of winning?

  4. lightningbuc Says:

    I’m shocked that a national radio show would have a weekly appearance by Bruce Allen! Is the bit called “How Not to Draft”?