Inside Offense: Hood Ornaments, Zuttah & More

July 27th, 2010

Just FOUR more days til the pads come on at training camp!

That makes Joe wonder, are the Bucs going to “sell out” the first practice or what? Jimminy Christmas! Where are all the football-starved fans? How are free tickets still available?

Now if you’re fired up for training camp like Joe, and you’re seeking a fun, in-depth (and free) look at the Bucs offense, look no further than former Bucs defensive end Steve White’s blog.

White, also a treasured analyst, calls it as he sees it, and he’s got some real interesting takes on Earnest Graham, the Bucs receiving corps and much more.

Here’s some of his tight ends breakdown:

The last few years Jerramy Stevens has been a fixture on offense. Last year however he might as well have been a hood ornament. On the one hand I lay blame at the feet of offensive coordinator Greg Olson who rarely used Stevens as a pass catching option, even in obvious situations near the goal line where he could have used his size and athleticism to out jump the defender. But on the other hand his blocking was piss poor. I mean it was frustrating to watch him get dominated game after game by defensive ends who weren’t much bigger than he was. I said it last year and I stand by it, the biggest problem with our running game wasn’t our offensive line, but instead it was our tight ends. Unfortunately Winslow is who he is, he ain’t gonna turn into a road grater over night. That means whomever backs him up is going to have to assume that role.

Maybe Stevens will come out with a better attitude this year and commit to being a dominant blocker. If he does that’s great. If not then its time to move on and let the next guy get a shot. I like John Gilmore but his technique was all screwed up last year. He obviously had the will to block but not the way. I think Ryan Purvis also has some potential as an inline blocker. I don’t really care who wins the job but SOMEBODY is going to have to be willing to put their face on people if we intend on running the ball this year.  Last year we kept three and I personally would rather the two after Winslow be big time blockers and good special teams guys.

Joe couldn’t agree more regarding Stevens. Aside from Joe hoping he never lives near one of his female relatives, Joe is doubtful that Stevens makes the team if Winslow proves to be as healthy as he was last year.

Olson doesn’t know how to use the King of Turds, and he is an absolute waste product on special teams and in the run game.

18 Responses to “Inside Offense: Hood Ornaments, Zuttah & More”

  1. Not A Rocket Surgeon :P Says:

    Stevens was on the stone hands list last year (Top 5 dropped balls as determined by FootballOutsiders…

    I would bet Freechise doesn’t have a lot of trust in the guy, just do to that issue…

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see Purvis take Stevens spot. Purvis has to prove it in camp (apparrently did well in OTA’s) AND Stovall has to also flash … (to replace the big guy in the red zone.)

    IMO – Stevens days are numbered…

  2. bucfanlostiniowa Says:

    I think we need a better nickname for Freeman. “Freechise” is too much like “Freecheese” and JFree is ultra gay.

  3. Not A Rocket Surgeon :P Says:

    Yeah, maybe. I thought that one up all on my own…

    Seems like the staff calls him “Free”

  4. bucfanlostiniowa Says:

    I’m not saying I can do better, cause as a matter of fact I just can’t. Maybe somebody out there can.Anybody got anything better?

  5. CalicoJack Says:

    I wouldn’t put any value on the FootballOutsiders’ “stone hands” ratings. It’s flawed by it’s concept. You can’t determine if a ball was catchable by a formula. You have to actually watch the play to make that judgment, which FO didn’t. ProFootballFocus, who actually review the plays, had Stevens graded at two dropped passes.

  6. Matt Says:

    I highly doubt Stevens is going anywhere. It’s not like K2 is rock-solid, injury-wise. If he goes down we have no TEs that can catch…

  7. Patrick Says:

    Thank god we have K2. If he wasn’t here, it would be ugly.

  8. JK Says:

    Joe, How much does Glazerhouse pay you to hype the Bucs? There are free tickets left because there is no excitement with this team. In my opinion there is minimum veteran leadership. Who will lead on the field? We sure as hell don’t have it on the sidellines.

  9. admin Says:

    JOe here,

    JK, that’s a funny one. ..If “Glazerhouse,” as you call the entity, had its way, Joe’s quite sure they would shut down Joe, rather than pay him any money.

  10. Capt.Tim Says:

    Freeman’s nickname is “Neo”. Because, like “Morpheus” in “The Matrix”, I believe he is “the One”

  11. eric Says:

    Josh “no help for five” Freeman.

  12. Not A Rocket Surgeon :P Says:

    For what it’s worth, Steve is dead-on with his analysis of the offense IMO.

  13. Javier n Wimauma Says:

    IMO, all the money the Glazer’s are paying that Ari clown and any other promotional scheme, they should just directly use that money to buy all the unsold tickets. At least they could have bought the tickets and pretended that there was a demand still.

  14. McBuc Says:

    @Javier…They trued that last year, but the “fans” still scream about them being cheap.

  15. McBuc Says:

    @Javier…They trued that last year, but the “fans” still scream about them being cheap.

  16. McBuc Says:

    Sorry, not sure why that psoted twice.

  17. bucfanlostiniowa Says:

    Sorry eric while your nickname may or may not be true, I was looking for something a little better.

  18. Fredrick Says:

    No surprise about the “football starved fans.” I have not seen this much apathy around a new Buc’s season since the end of the Perkin’s era.

    I’ve also seen more Cowboy and Saints jersey’s in the local sports bars lately than our beloved red and pewter. Sad.