Every Day Is A Work Day For Michael Bennett

March 3rd, 2012

There’s always a good fluffy, feel-good video up on Buccaneers.com, but one there today made Joe pay attention.

It’s a feature on Michael Bennett, who explains that he hasn’t taken a day off since the end of the 2011 season, and he likens himself to single-minded Lord of the Rings character Smeagol.

Hearing that flashed Joe back to Joe’s postseason interview with former D-line coach Keith Millard, who made if very clear that Bennett is team-leader material and the kind of “warrior” you want to follow on Sunday. 

Joe would be surprised if Bennett, a restricted free agent who played hurt for much of 2011, is not back for 2012. Defensive end if one of the few positions where the Bucs actually have legitimate depth. But these guys have to find a way to get their sack totals up.

Living in the league cellar for sacks again won’t cut it.

34 Responses to “Every Day Is A Work Day For Michael Bennett”

  1. jvato24 Says:

    Let’s get his brother to play TE

  2. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    Bennett is a productive player, unlike GMC.
    Reportedly, the Saints had a “bounty” on GMC: the Saints OLine’s plan for collecting on that bounty for injuring GMC:

    Yell Boo!


  3. mpmalloy Says:

    Big-time LOLz!!!

    “We told him to go away… and away he goes, Precious! Gone, gone, gone! Smeagol is free!”

    Keep up the hard work, Bennett.

  4. Thomas 2.2.. Says:

    How can dom have done a good job after using 2 first round and 2 early second round draft picks and be dead last in the NFL in sacks? Meanwhile your best d lineman is an undrafted free agent – Bennett.

    If you didn’t know salary or draft status and just watched Buc film from 2010-11 and I asked: who is the better player on the d line Bennett or gmc? Everyone would say Bennett.

    Yet gmc made 17 million last year (including pro rated signing bonus), wile Bennett made 480k. Disgusting! I bet Bennett is and should be pissed.
    Dom should be fired for paying gmc 17 mill in 2011.

  5. deminion Says:

    Keep goin hard Bennett u get better every Yr

  6. Bobby Says:

    @Thomas…you should be fired for making us wade through your lame posts to get to anythng meaningful.

  7. Thomas 2.2.. Says:

    “Living in the league cellar for sacks again won’t cut it.”

    Joe according to some the GMC propaganda machine, conveniently, sacks are a meaningless statistic. Thus it makes no difference to your defense if you are dead last in sacks.

    Of course, you are right and they are wrong. If Bennett is used properly, he should get 10 sacks. GMC will accomplish 3 or 4 – complete games that is.

  8. Thomas 2.2.. Says:


    My lame posts aren’t destroying our once proud pro football organization. Dom’s dumb decisions are.

  9. jvato24 Says:

    Ok THomas .. Just shut up bro .. You sound like a the most repetitive inbred tool on earth

    Maybe we should have drafted Eric Berry … Oh wait .. he was on IR too …

  10. Pete Dutcher Says:

    Gee, Thomas, there isn’t really a comparison because the play different positions. Would you fire an offensives guard because the offensive tackle next to him is protecting the outside better? No. Different positions.

    The only bad thing about GMC is his issue with injury. His play, while on the field is fine.

    Six months ago, your agenda was getter rid of Raheem. Now that he’s gone you rag on Dominick. You just need someone to blame for everything. You likely blame someone else for the failures in your life instead of taking responsibility for yourself. Such as your failure at being a prosecuting attorney (kindly notice I did not say “prosecuting lawyer” as you have said in the past).

    In the case of GMC, his issues are no fault of his own. He works hard when not injured…and he works hard when injured (to get back). I don’tknow why you have such a hate on for him. Injuries happen. Look at Stafford.

  11. Jarret Says:

    Im ready for this D-line to make some statements this year.

  12. Thomas 2.2.. Says:

    Ok Pete I will indulge a little.

    1) Bennett did play some tackle as well, so obviously you lack basic knowledge;

    2) every one of gmc’s coaches, including your favorite exiled coach rah rah, has criticized gmc’s technique. I have heard a rumor – unconfirmed but I believe it to be true – that RahRah was not pleased at all with gmc’s play and objected when Dom lobbied to take 1/2 of Clay’s sack and give it to Gerald bc Gerald had a finger on a shoe. Also, RahRah lined McCoy up at end a lot in yearb1 due to McCoy’s shocking lack of strength for a tackle.

    3) his play has been poor for a third overall 50 million plus dollar player. His play would be fine for a UFA making league minimum. McCoy was not as effective as Bennett at tackle

    4) the injury thing is more than just a minor thing buddy. He has had 4 separate injuries that have caused him to miss a game or more, 4, not just the 2 torn biceps.

    BTW- I am very content with my career and life. I just demand excellence, unlike, apparently, most of you.

    Also, I objected to Rah bc he was unqualified. I objected to GMC bc I was concerned about him being a bust having watched him at OU have loads of talent but less than expected productivity.

    Dom is a problem bc he has not received his fair share of responsibility for 17-31. Yes the coaching and ownership were horrible but Dom’s record stinks also.

  13. ClayBURN94 Says:

    Thomas you must be GMC’s biggest fan, you seem to know every stat and story on the guy. Its ok Thomas we know hes your favorite buc of all time…

  14. J 2.0 Says:

    “You know what a sh*t rope is? It’s a rope covered with sh*t that criminals try to hold onto. You see, the sh*t kind of acts like grease. The harder you try to climb up, the tighter you try to hold on, the faster you slide down the rope. All the way to jail.”

  15. mbaby Says:

    The video that Rah should have show last year.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozztKbU3Btk&feature=related

  16. knucknbuc Says:

    J2.0 and what exactly does your post have to do with anything about this story? Or the bucs in general?

  17. Pete 422 Says:

    @Thomas: If there was a bounty out on GMC, then he was productive.

  18. ClayBURN94 Says:

    Lol J2.0 your post makes no sense at all…

  19. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    Actually Clay, you are my favorite buc. Dont let Dom and the boys steal your stats and give them to mccoy when he cant earn them himself.

    I vote to give Mccoy’s $ to Clay and Bennett!

  20. ClayBURN94 Says:

    Lol ohhhh tommy boy…

  21. Capt.Tim Says:

    It’s good Bennett is working hard. For a couple mil a year, most of us would.

    He will be the swing end- right behind Bowers on the depth chart. Bennett started most of the season. Took up space. Bowers is actually talented. Like Bennett- but like most of our defense- a starter, he ain’t!

    Jeez Thomas, how long are you gonna hate McCoy and Raheem? You gotten the stitches out, and are walking fine again!

    Besides, if ya didn’t want them to sodomized ya with a ball bat, ya shouldn’t have written such hateful things about them!

    Let it go

  22. kh Says:

    The sack totals will go up when we stop giving up 5 yards a carry. Barely any team needed to pass on us last year.

  23. Jonny 3.3 Says:

    Not sure why morons keep insisting Bowers must start when he could never beat Bennett for starter’s job. If Bowers is better than him, he will Bennett during this training camp, but just because he is more talented does not mean he must start. Hopefully with the new regime, draft picks will no longer be handed starting jobs and are forced to compete their ass off to earn it.

  24. Pete Dutcher Says:

    @Thomas 2.2
    BTW- I am very content with my career and life. I just demand excellence, unlike, apparently, most of you.


    Which translates as “I’ve stopped expecting more of myself.”

    I am never content, I always work toward a higher level of success, no matter what level I am at. As an author (though you can’t tell by my typos), I am not happy with merely getting published multiple times in various genres.

    I want a best seller, but even that will not be enough.

    I want to set a new standard in my chosen genre. Like Tolkien did.
    I’m not there yet. So no, I am not content. And you know what? When I do reach that plateau I will still not be content…because there are other genres to conquer.

    I don’t covet other peoples things, but I do strive to give myself more of what I desire.

    So yes…I expect excellence of myself. I expect 110% effort of myself, my kids and I expected it of my employees when I ran my own ad agency for a decade. And I expected it when I was editor-in-chief of three different publishing companies in my 20s and 30s.

    There should always be goals beyond what one attains.

    That said…I also believe in providing the tools necessary to achieve those goals. And Blount DID NOT receive those tools. Neither did the defense last year.

  25. Pete Dutcher Says:

    I should add…I also expect excellence from fellow fans in the way of supporting a team. That’s why I bought a NEW ticket to every Tampa game last year…to do my part in avoiding blackouts…even though I can no longer attend games due to my physical limitations.

    I feel Tampa fans should take it upon themselves to be examples to what true football fans should be…like those of us that did through 22 losing seasons.

  26. Pete Dutcher Says:

    @Jonny 3.3
    Bowers didn’t start because he wasn’t permitted to due to his healing up from previous injuries.

    I agree he should compete, but don’t say Bennett beat him out. There was never a competition for him last year.

  27. Walt B Says:

    The low sack numbers are on our pass coverage.

  28. Capt.Tim Says:

    Jonny 3.3- I’ll go slow, cause yer stupid.
    Bowers had a debilitating surgery. I kept him at a light load until it healed around week 12.

    At which time he bagan showing why he was considered to be the first pick, prior to the draft.

    Even after the surgery, he still was drafted in the second round.

    Teams don’t let second round picks warm the bench, while an undrafted free agent start, and does nothing, on the field

    Bennett started most of last year. He did nothing noteworthy. Pretty much just a body.

    If healthy, Bowers will start, abdBennett will back him and Clayborn up.

    We didn’t draft Bowers 2nd round, to back up some nobody!


  29. JSmalls Says:

    Walt B,

    How do you cover when the opposing offense never sees 2 & long? Did “they” ever see 3rd down against our D?

  30. Jonny 3.3 Says:

    @Capt. Tim: As usual you sound like a butt-hurt blathering drunkard. Bowers saw more playing time from week 12 because Bennett was injured and still banged up even after he returned then. Yes Bowers was never 100% during last training camp, but the point remains, Bowers could not beat Bennett in his condition then. Here is a link so that your dumb self can understand that Bowers could not beat Bennett at the beginning of 2011 season. https://www.joebucsfan.com/?p=52099

    Your ignorance is showing from your remark that Bennett did not do anything noteworthy when he started. Bennett was the best D-lineman for Bucs both in terms of pass rush and run defense last season, profootballfocus ranks him as one of the best FAs in market this season. Bowers when he played showed good things as well, but should he be just given a green signal to go ahead and start? Thank god you aren’t running our team.

    Training camp competition is all about pushing peers to their limits. If Bowers outplays Bennett, excellent, he is the starter. But do not think Bowers will be starting just because he is a draft pick. Heck, the new regime has nothing to do with Bowers being our draft pick, they will want to put the best players on the field anyways.

    And finally, Bennett himself has loads of raw potential. Its understandable you cannot see that as I doubt you are much different from that Timmy character of South Park.

  31. Capt.Tim Says:

    Jonny- alas, still the dumbass.
    Dom picked Bowers in the second round. It’s his job.
    Bennett did nothing last season as a starter, other than apparently collect a fan club of uninformed dumbasses.

    Your turn, Sirrah


  32. Capt.Tim Says:

    Oh, yes! Bennett was very exciting
    A virtual QB sacking Juggernant!

    That’s why we ranked 32- that’s dead last there, still going slow for ya- in sacks.

    DEAD . . . LAST . . .
    DEAD . . . LAST . . .

    Fo you understand the words you are reading

    Starting DE- yer hero, BENNETT

    DEAD . . . LAST . . .
    A spot your scores on the school I Q test used ta leave you in

    DEAD . . . LAST . . .

    Or, am I going to fast for ya?

  33. Jonny 3.3 Says:

    @Capt. Tim: Thanks for proving my point about what kind of a guy you are.

  34. Andrew Says:

    Bennet to OLB!