“Going To Be Around A Lot Of Great Players”

July 8th, 2013

“Greg, you’ve got plenty of Grade A groceries.”

Some say the Bucs overpaid for All-Pro safety Dashon Goldson in free agency last March.

Joe says, ‘So what if they did?’ The Bucs were desperate to fix a secondary that caused nightmares across the Bay area and laughter across the nation. If Goldson delivers, it won’t matter that he got a fattened payday. Winning salary-cap-management titles are worthless.

NFL Network analysts recently debated the top-impact free agents of 2013 and argued the worth of Ed Reed versus Goldson. The consensus was that Future Hall of Famer Reed (now with Houston) won’t have near the impact of Goldson.

“Dashon Goldson, he’s in the prime of his career, just coming off his sixth season. He’s  durable guy. He plays with a lot of attitude. He’s going to be around a lot of great players,”” Brian Baldinger said.

It’s the last line there that caught Joe’s eye. Baldinger, like so many others, is acknowledging the Bucs’ loaded roster, complete with eight former Pro Bowlers and none older than 30. Then throw in superior talents like Lavonte David and Mike Williams and Josh Freeman.

Barring major injuries, Bucs fans would be well within their rights to stampede if this team delivers a losing record.

26 Responses to ““Going To Be Around A Lot Of Great Players””

  1. Luther Says:

    It’s not like the Bucs had any choice in the matter. They HAD to get a safety in free agency

  2. Mean D Says:

    Superior talents like Josh Freeman? Please.

  3. The 300s Says:

    So going with your salary cap logic:

    If I have X dollars to spend as part of my budget and I overpay for my cell service what ramifications does it have to my ability to spend money on other “necessities”? Can I get the NFL Sunday Ticket now? Do I eat out less? Something has to give. Overpaying isn’t practical when you have a finite amount of money to spend. Every dollar overpayed is one you can’t use on another player (either now or in the future).

    Otherwise you turn into the Redskins and Cowboys!

    I firmly believe in the way they are managing their cap money and not overspending for players like other teams are. Rather, if you need to spend the big bucks spend on something that is worth it (like All-Pro Revis).

    With that being said, I do not believe we overpaid for Goldson. Arguably one of the best safeties in the league at the prime of his career.

  4. Walter Says:

    @Mean D

    Freeman IS a supremely talented QB, with a ceiling as high as the top notch QB’s in this league. The fact that you personally don’t like him doesn’t change the fact that he has every tool coaches look for in a QB, and then some.

  5. Biff Barker Says:

    Freeman and superior should never… err, nevermind.
    If Goldson brings the swag, gets this defense swarming and hitting again, he’s worth every penny.

  6. WestCoastBucsFan Says:

    “Then throw in superior talents like Lavonte David and Mike Williams and Josh Freeman.”

    You just KNOW this is going to get someones panties in a bind. Better make that trip to the “feminine hygiene” section now.

  7. WestCoastBucsFan Says:

    Seriously though, Joe is right. With a team stacked like this the sky is the limit.

    I must say, though, I have my doubts in Sheridan as a coordinator. There was simply no adjustments until the very last game of the season. If something isn’t working you have adapt. That is what the NFL is all about. Same could be said of the OC after defenses figured out our offense. Hopefully an off season will allow both our offense and defense to be more diverse as they will be working on enlarging the playbook, not teaching the basics.

  8. robert Says:

    superior talented beer bong chugging, gun shooting, GF slappin, lock on receiver, jfro six pack….

    LOL @ superior talented…

    REALLY??? now you’re just being funny Joe

  9. Tampamac Says:


    I don’t think Sheridan’s scheme was the problem per se. I believe it was a lack of talent at corner. They hit the QB plenty on their blitzes, but when the WR is open 2 steps into his route, the blitz looks a lot less effective. I think Revis(if healthy), Banks(if he lives up to his potential) and Wright(if he’s hungry) will pay huge dividends to Sheridan’s system. A lot of if’s, but I think it’s do-able.

  10. WestCoastBucsFan Says:

    ^^That’s my point. We still ran these aggressive schemes and left our terrible CB’s in one-on-one’s A LOT. Sheridan and possibly to a greater extent, Schiano, should have altered the defense to suit our players better. Minimize the damage. Instead we watched game after game as our terrible CBs were left to fend for themselves while we ran a bunch of blitzes that never mattered because of how quickly WRs were open. I am just disappointed that they never adapted last year. I think the scheme will fair much better this year because of the personnel so hopefully they wont need to make drastic mid season changes. Fingers crossed.

  11. robert Says:

    they never stood a chance with those DB’s last year, and they knew it. Better to get the front 7 accustomed to the blitzes and see who’s worth their salt @ DB coming into this year. They got 1, Leonard Johnson, the rest will soon be driving beer trucks. I’m happy with one from a group of slugs.

  12. robert Says:

    and had they backed off they would have been picked apart slowly with zero chance for the offense to gel or catch up.

    keep up guys, your kind of slow.

  13. WestCoastBucsFan Says:

    Rather picked apart slowly and make the QBs hold the ball even a fraction of a second longer than blitz like crazy and have WRs open before the ball even makes it from the center to the QB.

  14. robert Says:

    they were open from the get go, blitz or not. they could not even cover a simple slant route

    including talib
    wright and leonard were serviceable. wright was hurt, lets hope he plays to his talent level this year and leonard could be the next barber

  15. mpmalloy Says:

    “Then throw in superior talents like Lavonte David and Mike Williams and Josh Freeman.”



  16. mpmalloy Says:

    Lol….5 comments about “superior talent Freeman”

    …..we’ve been trolled again.

  17. Steve Says:

    ^Josh Freeman is not a superior talent, no sir.

    Josh Freeman is an “enigma”, get it right.

    Potential, potential, and more potential. Freeman needs results in 2013.

  18. robert Says:

    yeah, I have the potential to be a billionaire.

    Robert laughs @ potential.

  19. GenocideD Says:

    I, too, wouldn’t have called Freeman a superior talent.

  20. Couch Fan Says:

    Everybody knows I dont believe in Freeman but He is a superior talent, only a fool would deny this. He’s full of talent and potential. Sad thing is, going into year 5 were still saying that about him. He’s a losing QB so far, but that doesnt diminish the talent that he has and that we’ve seen on occasion.

  21. Joe Says:

    Fellas, let’s not get confused. Freeman is a superior talent. He has all the skills, and he’s already churned out a superstar season (2010). Freeman’s problem is not his talent.

  22. WestCoastBucsFan Says:

    Freeman is a “superior talent” to more than half of the leagues quarterbacks. To say Freeman is a “superior talent” is an accurate statement.

  23. Cody Says:

    I seems like every time you turn on the TV or read an article it’s negativity towards My/Our QB Josh Freeman…so for that reason, I loved the fact that someone actually gave Free some love…This kid has been through a lot in his young career; and lets be honest, Tampa Bay Bucs fans are haaaard on their QB’s…to the point that we’ve basically ran every last one of’em we’ve ever had outta town…and as far as some are concerned, Freeman’s next in line…NOT! so fast my friends…I see Josh Freeman breaking all the passing records he set last year and us in the playoffs point blank/end of discussion…

    It’s simple guys think positive…As my ol high school teacher would say “Conceive, Believe, Achieve”…I seems that too many Bucs fans are literally programmed to think negative; they always expect the worst…it’s time to quit your whinning and sit back enjoy what’s about to go down…even start talkin some smack to your friends and co-workers again…talent wise this is the “Best” team we have “Ever” had; not to mention the fact that everyone is fully “Believes” in the system (The Schaino Way)…This will be an awesome freakin year man…

  24. grif4foozball Says:


  25. scubog Says:

    Unbelievable! An article about our new safety becomes yet another Freeman bashing. Give it a rest.

  26. george Says:

    they paid to much for him and a whole lot of other players on the team. if you think that a db and safety is the missing link to this defensive you’re fooling yourself, the defensive scheme that their running is horrible and the bucs are the only teams in the nfl running it…why…. because it’s a college sheme ran by college coaches….huh…why would are nfl coach be running a college defensive….because he’s a college coach in a nfl job. he just doesn’t get it… even with the examples of good teams with succussful defensive around him he still chooses ( with a push in the back from the GM) to run a college sheme against nfl teams… good luck with that. even barbara said, that nfl teams don’t run this kind of sheme. you never invest your money in db’s and safeties unless there the missing piece of the puzzle or you already have the front line established. with out pass rush it doesn’t matter who you but back there. with a pass rush db’s that are so good look good…. why think brain kelly never went to the pro bowl but he always had a good interception #…. remember we thought biggers was good it was the year we had a pass rush. this team is being built wrong and the fans will suffer for it. i think that the jacksonville jags will get to the playoff before the bucs do.