Lynch And Lee Get The Starting Nods

December 3rd, 2010

Raheem Morris said he’d be studying practice film Thursday afternoon and getting into his typical deep analysis of the team to determine a starting lineup for Sunday.

It seems right tackle James Lee continues to look like a better option than Jeremy Trueblood.

Today, during his afternoon press briefing, Raheem said Lee will start, and the defensive mastermind/head coach praised his pass blocking.

“James Lee won it again. They’re both playing really well for us,” Raheem said.

Healthy Trueblood remains on the sidelines. Joe has to think that barring an injury to Lee, this is the last the Bucs will see of the man an unnamed Sarasota Herald-Tribune editor once labeled “Dunderhead,” seemingly because of his penchant for foolish penalties.

Raheem also named Corey Lynch the starter at free safety, replacing Sabby Piscitelli, who replaced Cody Grimm, who replaced Tanard Jackson.

“He plays the game above the neck. He’s not a big physical striker. You’re not talking about John Lynch,” Raheem said of Corey Lynch. “Our quarterback [Josh Freeman] hates him [on the scout team]. …He’s the only guy that seems to rattle Free.”

Joe is concerned that Lynch can’t come anywhere close to replacing what Grimm gave the Bucs’ revived run defense. Joe is having painful Jim Bates flashbacks.

14 Responses to “Lynch And Lee Get The Starting Nods”

  1. cjackson Says:

    hey joe christian jackson here. ive never won anything like this before and was curious on how to claim the jersey. keep up the good bucs work

  2. admin Says:

    Joe here,

    Christian – Congrats. Ed Morse probably contacted you already via Facebook, or they will today. If you dont’ hear anything, shoot me an e-mail Monday at and I’ll get it taken care of for you.

  3. Pete 422 Says:

    Well, it seems like Cory Lynch is going to bring a lot to the table on the pass, but someone will have to pick up the slack on the run (Sean Jones or dare I say Ruud). I still saw good run D after Grimm went out, so I’m not in a panic.

    I’m going to be in South America this weekend. Anybody know of a good feed via online so I can pick up the game?

  4. d-money Says:

    “Joe is concerned that Lynch can’t come anywhere close to replacing what Grimm gave the Bucs’ revived run defense.”

    I guess we won’t know until he plays the game but remember no one expected anything from Grimm and he surprised us all. Lets hope Lynch has some magic up his sleeve.


    I think if you are out of the country you can watch the games on For a small fee i’m sure. I think it’s called gamepass.

  5. bucfanjeff Says:

    Pick off a few passes Sunday and nobody will talk about how well you stop the run.

  6. nukepineisland Says:

    The best way to stop Turner is not let him get going and that means the D-line is going to have to play great.

    The guy’s bowling-ball quality makes it tough tackling for safeties and LBs .

    With White, Gonzo, and Jenkins I think Lynch MIGHT be the best S on the roster for dealing with Ryan throwing to those guys.

    Just MO

  7. Dave Says:

    Lynch is a ballhawk. They need the LBs to step up in the run attack.

    For the longterm, Lynch and grimm really compliment each other and Sean Jones has played very well for the Bucs.

  8. gitarlvr Says:

    The biggest reason for the turnaround in run defense has been the play of the d-line. The line playing gap sound and Roy Miller holding the point of attack against double teams. Thats not going to change just because Cody Grimm is out. The run defense may not be quite as good but it won’t go back to awful just because of the loss of a safety. If Roy Miller plays the way he did the last two weeks there shouldn’t be too much of a regression.

  9. McBuc Says:

    gitarlvr is right. No worries, let’s bust up some bird!

  10. Earl Says:

    I too like Grimm and am very interested to see what Lynch can bring. However, I disagree mightily about Jones. He is almost invisible back there. Almost no tackles and no passes defensed. We need two safeties in the draft. No guarantee that Grimm will ever play again. Lower leg injuries can be catastrophic.

  11. safety Says:

    I found a Lynch highlight reel from his college days on youtube. I saw some phenominal instincts. He could be really fun to watch out there.

  12. Patrick Says:

    I really think we need to resign Jermaine Phillips. He knows our system, he’s a veteran with experience, and it seems like he’s healthy again having a played through a season in the UFL. Even if he’s not a starter, we need depth at the position. Corey Lynch could start playing poorly also.

  13. NorCalBucFan Says:

    Pete: I can help….email me

  14. Capt.Tim Says:

    Actually think Lynch will win our Free Safety spot. He’s a great ball hawk. Think Grimm will compete , and win, our starting Strong safety spot. But there might be a league rule against two white safeties starting together, I’ll have to read up and see, lol