Harsh Review Of Cousins

March 31st, 2014

Joe’s been spending time learning about the newest Buccaneers, and Joe’s been having a had time finding positives on guard Oniel Cousins.

As of now the Bucs plan on having Cousins slug it out with Jamon Meredith to replace Davin Joseph at right guard, per Lovie Smith’s comments at the NFL Owners meetings.

Cousins is seemingly a hand-picked fruit of new Bucs offensive line coach George Warhop. The two were in Cleveland the past three seasons. Dayton Daily News Browns writer Chris Pokorny seems stunned the Bucs signed Cousins, calling the soon-to-be-30-year-old “horrible.” Pokorny also wrote the following on his Browns blog.

There was no redeeming quality about Cousins’ play as a starting guard last season. He was forced into the starting lineup to start the year after injuries to Jason Pinkston and Shawn Lauvao. I am not kidding when I say this — Cousins looked like the worst offensive guard I’ve ever seen in all my years of watching football.

Cousins has made nine starts in six NFL seasons (Ravens and Browns), so Joe surely isn’t expecting much from him. But are the Bucs? Joe hopes not. This smells to Joe a bit like Bob Bostad thinking he could revive Gabe Carimi last season.

Regardless, there is plenty of time for the Bucs to find offensive line help via the draft and roster shaving that goes on around the league in the summer. At this point, with Davin Joseph unemployed, Joe wonders whether the Bucs might consider reuniting with Joseph at bargain-basement price?

23 Responses to “Harsh Review Of Cousins”

  1. theDON Says:

    damn. lovie never coiuld build an offensive line. key term “offensive”

  2. ForgotAboutDre Says:

    Not sure why you think Cousins has a chance of starting, Joe. We signed him to a 1-year contract at the league minimum, definitely a depth signing. Considering how bad he’s been in the past when given playing time, if he has a chance to start, we’re in trouble.

    Collins and EDS are the big fellas up front that we should be excited about.

  3. John Says:

    This is how you make your defensive lineman look good in practice.

  4. ForgotAboutDre Says:

    And hell, maybe Carl Nicks can get healthy and look like a semblance of his former self this season. But at this point, I’m more surprised with good news about him than bad.

  5. Architek Says:

    Could be a camp body

  6. BucinNC Says:

    Why why why why did we get rid of Zuttah

  7. Bucnnole Says:

    Browns fans refer to Cousins as the “Human Turnstile”. This is coming from Cleveland fans mind you. I’ve seen Cousins play and he is beyond terrible. First undrafted free agent from a D3 school the Bucs bring in and he’s gone.

  8. Mike10 Says:

    I think they need to thing hard about bringing Joseph back, if not to have him fight it out for his old position. That was a proven leader in Joseph!

  9. Rob Says:

    The Bucs should ABSOLUTELY be trying to see if Joseph would take $2 or $3 million to come back. At a reduced price, the risk is worth it since last year might have been the aberration with him getting over his injury.

  10. rayjay1122 Says:

    I guess we will all see soon enough. Nothing can be worse than last year, so we are conditioned to suck.

  11. adamant Says:

    Looks like Biz Markie. If he can’t beat his opponent at the line of scrimmage, maybe he can challenge him to a beat box battle.

  12. brandonbucfan Says:

    I’ve been saying for the last two weeks our OL is a mess. This just reinforces it. Plus, I hate to see us forced to take an Ol with the #7 pick when there are so many other things we could do to help our club. GO BUCS…a feeling this is not going to be a one year turn around…look at our schedule..Nuf said

  13. Mort Says:

    Sure would be nice to bring Davin back at least with a shot at his old job.

  14. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    Maybe new Bucs offensive line coach George Warhop knows something we do not about Cousins ?

  15. tha truth is... Says:

    Im pretty sure they’re scouting extra hard on late round and UDFA’s for lineman depth

  16. Kramden Says:


    No one knows more than the experts on this blog, don’t ya know?

  17. kevin Says:

    Bring joseph back on a one year deal. He was good but had a down year last year. Go get him back

  18. Harry Says:

    With Lovie’s history, the O-line scares the hell out of me.

  19. zam Says:

    nah you can’t bring in a previous captain with a pay cut after you cut him, why poison the well?

    As for the craptastic guard, it’s a good thing that we can expect an elite defense. Especially in this division. Because Seattle showed in the super bowl that you can defeat an elite QB if you have an elite defense.

  20. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    It’s called a veteran camp body. Nothing more.

  21. Mike J Says:

    Not sure what lovie is doing with the offensive line. And I’m pretty sure Lovie is not sure. We brought in guys with very little NFL experience and are counting on a guy to comeback from injury which all doctors said last year he will never be the same. Get ready for some ugly scores. Maybe we can reach 220 pts this season.

  22. #70 BucFan Says:

    – hard to get excited about Collins. He has always been a backup.
    Could never win a starting Job on the Bengals line.
    Hardly reason for confidence, much less excitment

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