Bucs Get An “A”

May 18th, 2013

Does Joe really have to be graphic about the Bucs’ horrifying pass defense last year? The second-worst in NFL history?

For Joe, watching that pass defense was like re-experiencing the nuns that taught him in grade school: a period of Joe’s life he tries to purge from his memory, often with the help of Joe’s good friend, Mr. Alcohol.

So when Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik went on SiriusXM NFL Radio recently and spoke openly about upgrading the secondary, he wasn’t joking. It’s possible the Bucs have gone from the worst secondary to potentially the best.

For this reason, Vinnie Iyer of The Sporting News gives the Bucs an “A” grade for their offseason transactions.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Grade: A

Best addition: S Dashon Goldson

So the Bucs finally did trade for Revis, but given the concern about his knee, the secondary move that deserves more love is the signing of Goldson away from the 49ers. He does everything at safety and is the perfect complement to another hard hitter in run support, Mark Barron. The Bucs aggressively addressed their huge secondary need with a home run.

On paper, it sure looks like the Bucs did a complete 180 with the secondary, including the drafting of Johnthan Banks in the second round.

For this reason in particular, Joe is intrigued to see how the Bucs defend the pass come September.

20 Responses to “Bucs Get An “A””

  1. Jacko101 Says:

    Revis, Wright +Banks times Gholdson and Barron = No Fly Zone

  2. SeanyMac in SC Says:

    This off season certainly gives me high hopes for great things to come.

  3. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    If we hit on Spence (fingers crossed) and Black’s replacement plays well, and if injuries don’t destroy us again, this team could quickly become one of the top in the nfl.

  4. Buqsfan Says:

    Does anyone believe that Rhonda Barber will stay retired by end of the season?

  5. Joc Says:

    Still say we blew taking baron over keakley in Carolina. Baron is okay Luke is special

  6. Couch Fan Says:


    Yes. Sadly Ronde is done.

    Off season grades mean nothing until they put it on the field. Cant wait to see what this new secondary can do for us. 3 months til training camp!!

  7. Oldguy Says:

    Bonzai is on target. Spence is key. But the off-season grade of A is fine with me. Reason for a lot of optimism.

  8. Jimmy Says:

    What I like about the Revis trade is the domino effect it has.

    Revis can be left on island. This means safety help can be shaded to the other side to help out the #2 CB (and that safety happens to be Goldson!). Having Goldson ball-hawking deep means that Barron is free to do what he does best nearer the line of scrimmage.

    Good example of one signing helping out several other positions.

  9. Architek Says:

    I would like the Bucs to finish 15th overall or higher. I would deem that a success for the off-season.

  10. Buc'It Says:


    How exactly is Luke special and Barron not the right choice. Amazing how you can pass judgment after one season. Not to mention Luke’s position translates easier to the NFL.

  11. Capt. Tim Says:

    Anytime you add two all pros to a unit- you have done well!
    3 starters look fantastic( Revis, Banks, goldson)
    Hopefully Johnson and Gorrer can provide depth, and improve.

    Don’t expect anything from wright. He has never played we’ll. anywhere.

    Barron is a liability in coverage. He was ” walking dead”after game 6 last season. Hopefully he can improve some, but I think we will be forced to bring in Black on passing downs

    But still a massive improvement. We now have a couple real CBs- that’s twice as many as we had last year.

    If they stay healthy- that alone should get us 2-3 wins!

  12. Joc Says:

    Buc – I’m biggest tide fan on the planet I have seen every snap he took in college. His open field tackling is below average u can juke him all day. His pass
    Coverage is okay what he does is seduces u with the big hit. This year was the deepest safety draft ever. Luke and lavente wew…

  13. al121976 Says:

    Q. Black isn’t with the team n e more

  14. Rrsrq Says:

    Bucs needed a safety, if u pick Luke there, there is no safety equivalent to Barron, I agree Luke is special but so is Lavonte David.

  15. hamilton Says:

    who care about luke.go bucs

  16. Capt. Tim Says:

    Al121976- um, ever hear of A.Black. Played in about 14 games last year?
    Safety outta Florida? Any bells starting to ring yet?

  17. Capt. Tim Says:

    Ahmed Black played in every game- and started one. Played all the passing downs from game 7 on.

    Because Barron can’t cover

  18. john Says:

    hey if you are cool with having a a guy that never makes a pro bowl at his postion over a guy that is gong to make the next 10 if he stays healthy then you have your guy.

  19. Capt. Tim Says:

    John- reading comprehension. It’s important

    My mention of Ahmed Black,was to Al’s post- who posted” Q.Black isn’t on team”, when someone mentioned Black.

    And no, Barron won’t make pro bowls. 3 better safeties entered the NFL in this draft.

    Barron is a “in the box” safety only. He I can’t tackle in space. He can’t handle TE’s with size. Can’t handle speed of slot WRs.

    He is a big hitter. That’s all he has shown in his career.

    We traded down two years ago- confident we would still get Mo Claibourne. Dallas traded up, and beat us out of him. The Barron pick took every second off the clock. It was a “oh! Damn” pick

  20. Joc Says:

    That is what this destin boy is saying tim. Luke keackly was the guy there. There were sooooooo many safeties in this draft. Foster is between average and okay. That was are ray Lewis