More Piling On Crowder

August 20th, 2010
"Joe's got my back."

"Joe's got my back."

Just when the Bucs’ chief defensive mastermind/head coach finally showered some praise on Tim Crowder, beat writer Rick Stroud tries to make a case for the anointed one, Kyle Moore, in part by bagging on Crowder in a feature story in the St. Pete Times

The Bucs need more proof of that from their collection of castoff defensive ends. The veteran of the group is Stylez White, 31, who has 191/2 sacks in three years but has never started more than eight games in a season. There’s not much of a resume for Michael Bennett (one career sack), Tim Crowder (71/2 sacks) and rookies Brandon Gilbeaux, James Ruffin, Carlton Powell and Erik Lorig.

Moore, a fourth round pick last year, who has cast a lot of blame on others in his tenure and was a chronicled meeting snoozer, has accomplished nothing in the NFL other than losing weight after getting too fat last year. He had no sacks in eight games.

Yet he seems to be the man at left defensive end. But even in Stroud’s story the Bucs’ defensive mastermind/head coach says Moore “has a tendency to coast a little bit right now.”

Sleeping. Blaming. Coasting. Fourth-round pick. Hmmmm.

Joe’s an unabashed Crowder fan. The guy’s got a big motor. He’s only 25. And he was a second round pick out of Texas. He’s also got those 7 1/2 sacks in limited time that Stroud seems to think he’s meaningless.

Joe just hates the idea of anyone not earning a job. It happens all the time in the NFL. But someone at Moore’s level should have to earn it.

After an excellent start in Miami, Moore may be very well on his way. But hopefully, it’s a fair fight.

10 Responses to “More Piling On Crowder”

  1. lightningbuc Says:

    I miss Stroud not being called the “Mad Twitterer”!

  2. Travis Says:

    Totally agree Joe, Moore should not be handed that job, everyone else had to ear theirs, EXCEPT Moore. WTF?

    the first time i see Kyle Moore loafing, ill be touting the Bennett/Crowder horn

  3. BigMacAttack Says:

    Stroud is said to wear women’s underwear to the office on Fridays.

  4. Patrick Says:

    haha for a second i thought Joe wrote 191 sacks for Stylez!! I was like “WTF?? Is Joe drunk or something??” The 1/2 wasn’t in smaller size so it made it kind of confusing.

  5. gt40bear Says:

    Rick Stroud? Really? I mean…really?

  6. Patrick Says:

    I meant Rick Stroud, not Joe.

  7. goodfellajay Says:

    Crowder is good start him

  8. EGratz Says:

    Moore was not handed the starters job, he was just put at the top of the depth chart. Somone has to go there, right? The best player will play. It’s a competition. It’s not like Moore is some premium pick with a big contract. Geez . . .

    Besides, how is Joe bashing Moore (“losing weight after getting too fat last year”) to support Crowder (“Joe’s an unabashed Crowder fan.”) any different that someone else “bagging” on Crowder in support of Moore?

  9. Earl Schlobodowicz Says:

    I’m with you Joe. I though Crowder stood out last year in limited time and I think he can play. Wondering if Raheem is giving Moore an extra chance to cover for Dominick’s pick.

  10. Greg Says:

    Joe, Moore came out of USC. As much as I hate Texas being an OU alum, even I wouldn’t allow Texas to take the hit for another loser from that bunch of cheaters in LA!