10 Things To Scrutinize

September 7th, 2014
Greg Hardy and new Bucs left tackle Anthony Collins will square off for the first time

Greg Hardy and new Bucs left tackle Anthony Collins will square off for the first time today

1) Right guard: Will it really be Patrick Omameh starting? Lovie Smith never made that clear. If so, Joe wishes the Michigan product well in his first career start, but he’s got to play better.

2) Greg Hardy/Anthony Collins: The stat geeks say Collins didn’t allow a sack last season. Collins broke that alleged streak this preseason, however. Greg Hardy, the Panthers Pro Bowl defensive end, is a brutal matchup and he and Collins have never squared off. Joe’s fired up to see Collins with the battle.

3) Up tempo: Players have been talking about the pace of the mysterious “up tempo” Bucs offense for months. How much will the “up tempo” really be seen?

4) Offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford: Will he be cleared to call plays today? After months of vague talk, what the heck does the Tedford offense look like, whether he’s here or not?

5) Michael Johnson: Disappointing 2013 + big money + quiet summer = question mark.

6) Alterraun Verner: How does that healing hamstring hold up in the second half?

7) Patrick Murray: Rookie kicker. Hold your breath and hope the pride of Fordham is the real deal.

8) Mike Evans: Good chance the Panthers make Mike Evans beat them and double cover Vincent Jackson. Ron Rivera surely remembers how Jackson hurt him in 2012. The rookie’s going to have play big — immediately.

9) Kick/punt returns: Whoever is called upon has little to no experience. Joe would be happy with no mistakes.

10) Gerald McCoy: The man entered training camp in midseason condition and was downright dominant every time he stepped on the field. That should continue today. With rookie guard Trai Turner across from him, McCoy will draw all kinds of double- and triple-teams.

36 Responses to “10 Things To Scrutinize”

  1. INDYbucsfan Says:

    God damn is it 425 yet?!?!!

  2. Buccfan37 Says:

    No, but it’s nearing 4:20.

  3. TinBucToo Says:

    @Buccfan37 – That’s Awesome!

  4. biff barker Says:

    Missed the biggest one, but this top 10 stuff is fresh!

    11) Josh McCown. Serviceable veteran QB or fugly scrub?

  5. Theodore Says:

    McCoy’s price tag is going to go up with every game. I sure hope Licht and McCoy’s agent our on the same page here.

  6. billy buckaroo Says:

    Missed another
    Good coaches make mediocre teams look great
    Bad coaches make good teams look bad

  7. OB Says:


    How could you leave out LVD and Foster?

  8. MegaDaveUK Says:

    No need for McCoy on that list – ASJ – thats a player to scrutinize especially if we really do love 2 TE sets

  9. Soggybottom Says:

    Tailgate Sunday.. Ya Baby

  10. Vince Says:

    Can we be clear that Johnson did not have a disappointing year in 2013? Literally improved in all phases of his game, the only change was sack stats.

  11. Harry Says:

    Help. I will be unexpectedly stuck in the air flying back to FL from CA during the game. Is there anyway to watch it live online? I don’t mind paying, but not for a full season of NFL Ticket.

  12. lightningbuc Says:


    Not fair. You’ll actually have more leg and elbow room on that plane than I will at the stadium – plus you’ll have a/c.

  13. Harry Says:

    I’ll take your less leg and elbow room for the A/C… Trade?

  14. Hawk Says:

    Careful lightningbuc. Your cost, of going to the game, isn’t nearly as expensive as a plane ticket from… whoops, maybe it IS a good deal. 🙂

  15. Harry Says:

    lol Hawk

  16. Harry Says:

    on my way to the SD airport…, see ya

  17. DallasBuc Says:

    “5) Michael Johnson: Disappointing 2013 + big money + quiet summer = question mark.” Yup. Earn those duckets MJ.

  18. DallasBuc Says:

    I cannot wait to get this thing rolling. Go Bucs!!!

  19. Buc Neckid Says:

    In an unrelated note
    The Eagles released wide receiver Arrelious Benn with an injury settlement, according to ESPN on Saturday. Benn suffered a concussion in the third week of preseason, but it was a back injury that caused him to land on the injury reserve to start the season before he was officially waived by Philadelphia.

  20. RustyRhinos Says:

    Buccfan37 Says:
    September 7th, 2014 at 9:03 am
    No, but it’s nearing 4:20
    Yes it is

  21. DB55 Says:

    It’s always 4:20 around here, need to change these clock batteries. 😉

  22. DB55 Says:

    More questions, mike Jenkins vs kelvin Benjamin? How many turnovers will McCown produce? Can Martin run behind our duck taped line? How many 15 yr penalties will goldson get? If the game comes down to a fg will the rookie choke?

  23. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    I spent the last day or so kind of out of touch. Was a deal with McCoy announced?

  24. Bird Says:

    Yes. Mccoy deal. 2 sacks. 5 hurries and go bucs. 4 20 twen twen

  25. Andrew 1 Says:

    I think the key to this whole thing is to keep our defense well rested. If they’re on the field for most of the game, it wont end well for us. So, with that being said our offense not only need to score points, but have a better time of possession than the panthers. Keep Cam on the sidelines watching the game.

  26. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Nope. No McCoy deal 🙁

    Man, that is going to hurt next year. Then again, Goldson will probably be cut then, so we’ll have money freed up. Mason Foster has earned an extension, but not a big one. He’s solid though, so maybe they should lock him up THIS year at a low rate.

  27. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Heart Stint for Tedford. Cam out.

  28. BuccaneerBonzai Says:


    I thank them for putting the divisional game on before our game. We’ll get to see the level of competition we’ll be facing later. I always felt a divisional game should be shown as the second game on Sundays.

  29. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Tedford is out. Jay glazer report he had a heart stent.

  30. Harry Says:

    Yeah, looks like Cam is likely OUT. Mr Anderson, meet Mr McCoy

  31. Trubucfan22 Says:

    420? Are you kiddin me? Y’all need to grow up and get a job.

  32. Mr Lucky Says:

    I’m not worried about GMC, in fact I predict that Bucs front 7 knock Cam back into the stone age – flack jacket and all.

  33. Buccfan37 Says:

    Truebucfan22… Are you kidding me? We old folks need it more than you young folks. Age has nothing to do with it, It’s a universal age aid.

  34. Orlandobucsfan Says:

    Per ESPN
    Panthers coach Ron Rivera is hesitant to play QB Cam Newton, who is recovering from fractured ribs, according to Chris Mortensen’s sources and multiple reports. Derek Anderson is likely to start.

  35. Boomer33 Says:

    Heart stent? According to my research, you can resume normal activities a week after the procedure unless there were complications. Must not have gone as well as hoped.

  36. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    Good summary. I agree that these are the most important, or at least interesting, things to keep an eye on.