Get Dekoda Watson On The Field More

September 18th, 2011

Just after the asinine lockout was over this summer, Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik signed linebacker Quincy Black to a five-year, $29 million contract, of which $11.5 million is guaranteed.

This perplexed Joe. Now in his third season as a Bucs starting linebacker, Joe rarely remembers a linebacker more invisible than Black. Bucs fans used to howl at the moon over the alleged subpar play of Barrett Ruud, despite Ruud being a strong pass defender who collected 100+ tackles a year.

Since Black was named a starter to begin the 2009 season, the only splash plays Joe remembers seeing Black make were intercepting a deflected pass at Miami two years ago and a sack against Carolina in 2010.

Well, except for one play today. Black did make a splash play in the first half, getting a tackle for a loss. That very well have been the only play Black had.

It has long stumped Joe why Black is a starting linebacker. It puzzled Joe why Dominik threw such a was of cash at the guy. After today’s game, Joe is of the mind Dekoda Watson should be the Bucs starting outside linebacker opposite of Geno Hayes.

Think about it: In just his second game after signing a windfall contract, Black was benched in the second half after Vikings running back Adrian Peterson made Black look like a statue in a park time and again.

It was no coincidence that when Watson came in, the defense changed and suddenly, the Bucs were able to stop the Vikings and get off the field.

In Joe’s eyes, Black’s position should be open for competition right now, contract not withstanding. If Watson plays better, he should be starting.

At this point, there is no justification for Black’s contract.

26 Responses to “Get Dekoda Watson On The Field More”

  1. tj Says:

    Amen Joe preach

  2. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    Mason Foster blew up the place today, and Hayes & Watson looked impressive. I agree that those three guys have been the best LB’s so far this season. However, they aren’t going to bench Black after only a two game stretch. No way. But if by midseason those three guys continue to be the best LB’s on the field you can bet that Black will be in danger of relegation to a backup spot. Contract notwithstanding.

  3. sensiblebuc Says:

    “Adrian Peterson made Black look like a statue in a park time and again”


  4. So. Ill. Bucs Says:

    About two seconds after I say that we need Watson on the field more, the announcer goes ahead and echoes me. He’ll be a starter by midseason in my opinion, and as I said after the Pro Football Weekly video, I wouldn’t be suprised if he ended up as the defensive MVP.

  5. KD Says:

    Black was the worst player on the defense today. He didn’t belong on the field. I have no doubt in my mind Dekoda Watson is a better football player and think (pray) that it is only a matter of time until he replaces Black in the lineup.

  6. Brad Says:

    Another boneheaded contract that makes no sense to go along with the Clayton contract. I believe this is the main reason the team is not allowed to go after FA’s. There is no confidence in them. These ridiculous contracts along with letting Caddy and Ruud go has taken the Rock star image away from Dom. He’s more like a groupie now. Having all the defensive linemen working together without a true veteren is a huge mistake as well and will stunt the growth of these players.

  7. Bob Doghouse Says:

    Quincy Black our new Sabby the Goat.. All that speed and strength but seems to be always out of postion.. and Foster might be a man beast but he needs to learn to finish a tackle…WRAP them up.. but I like Foster and think he will learn the postion more and more each game. Still think he could have learned alot from Rudd

  8. Christopher Says:

    Because Geno Hayes is a free agent after this year.
    Because we needed to spend money, & Davin & Quincy were good enough to keep around.
    Because, watching today, I’m not sure Mason Foster is a starting middle linebacker. If you have a good guy still growing into his potential (Black) who knows the system…why not keep him around?

  9. gotbbucs Says:

    im pretty certain i have never seen a player take worse angles than quincy black. all that money didnt improve his instincts one bit.

  10. Tiny Tim Says:

    Not sure why the criticism of Foster. I saw him force a fumble, get a sack, shed blocks to make stops behind and near the line of scrimmage and btw……….he led the team in tackles for the Rudd lovers. He will be fine. He looks very promising in only his second game of his career. I am so willing to let him develop.

    And I said signing Black to that contract was a huge mistake when it happened. He has to be the most overhyped buccaneer by the coaching staff and management in team history. Put watson on the field now!!!

  11. Jrock (mobile) Says:

    To the posters who don’t think Foster is a starting calibur mlb, were you watching the same game as me?

    Adrian stopped in his tracks when he met Foster, he dragged every other tackler for extra yards. Watch the game again..

  12. BamBamBuc Says:

    Jrock – Mason “Shoelaces” Foster wasn’t popping anyone in the mouth, he was caught flat-footed by Peterson, just like everyone else. He was just able to make diving lunges at AP and catch him by the shoelaces on more than one occasion to bring him down and get the “tackle”. Good news is, that’s as good or better than what we got from Ruud. Bad news, that’s about the same as we get from Grimm. I’d rather see our MLB play stronger than our FS.

  13. barton1017 Says:

    im a fan of Watson, put Black back on special teams and start Watson

  14. Jrock (mobile) Says:

    Wow bambam, you must have just started watching bucs game this season huh?

    Grimm did get a lot of shoelace tackles, that’s not his usual game though. Grimm is a “thumper” who was the hardest hitting guy on D last year before he broke his leg. As for Foster? He stood up adrian a few times, and at least made the tackle others.

    Seriously, 2nd game for him vs probowl running back, he gets a passing grade from me for this game.

  15. Captain Stagger Says:

    So can Rah and Dom put Black on the bench for all that money? Time will tell but what pisses me off is how this contract might effect future moves and drafts. We have done a good job building the D from the inside out. 2 DT in a Strong DT class and 2 DE in a DE class. Now in 2012 we have a monster LB class and I fear we pass on a stud because of this contract. I’d take Bufict and Te’o over Black and Hayes.

  16. below me Says:

    Hear, hear. Or as they say in Rio Linda, “Word up, Son!” 58 a.k.a. “Mike Clayton Contract” needs to sit.

  17. gotbbucs Says:

    capt. stagger, contracts have never stopped dominik from making changes when needed.

  18. aldo Says:

    u guys are forgetting something, theres no guaranteed money on black contract, so theres a chance to see dekoda starting

  19. Tiny Tim Says:

    Aldo, did you even read the article? Black has 11.5 million guaranteed even if we cut him after the season.

  20. Capt.Tim Says:

    I’ve been saying for Nine months- we will never stop the rub with Black and Hayes as our OLBs. Black should never have started in the NFL. Hayes gives you a splash play or two- but he won’t play the run either. Everyone blames the D-line- the linebackers are a bigger problem. Nine months!

    Foster is a great tackler and a playmaker in the run game! Looks great. So far- no coverage skills at all. I said when they drafted Foster- he wolild be perfect at Sam- Taking Blacks spot. Our MLB has to play coverage

    And we don’t anyone great at that- Haywood or Watson look like the best option.

  21. FreemanBomb5 Says:

    Black was injured after all. I would sure hope next draft gets us a more legit SS, Sean Jones is the weak link in my opinion. I know he made a huge sack today but he needed to after the Detroit game. Hopefully T Jack makes an impact when he gets back

  22. Macabee Says:

    Aldo, you may want to check to verify, but I think Quincy Black got 29mil, 11.5 guaranteed.

  23. Capt.Tim Says:

    After the Black, TrueblOod, and Joseph contracts, I finally understand! I finally realize why Dominick hates free agents. While he is some kind of Draft expert, he can’t judge Vet talent. That explains everything. The contracts for Ward, Clayton, and now Black. Mark can see of they may be good NFL players, but he has no clue if they ARE good NFL players.

    Now I understand the aversion for Free agents!

  24. There's Two "O"s In Moore Says:

    One thing to take a 3rd round gamble on a 42-inch vertical and another to give it $11m.
    Black scouting report out of New Mexico “Physically gifted” BUT “slowed through the trash or easily blocked from the action. Inefficient, does not take the best angles to the play and over-pursues the action on occasion.” Sounds about right.

  25. Bucworld Says:

    I think it’s unfair to judge Foster against Adrian Peterson. Peterson is the best in the game and have made even the best Lb’s look foolish.

  26. Bucworld Says:

    As for Black, I think the defense improved when he came off the field.