Singing The Sidbury Blues

December 31st, 2014
Jason Licht lamented not signing Lawrence Sidbury sooner

Jason Licht lamented not signing Lawrence Sidbury sooner

Some think the Buccaneers threw the Saints game on Sunday. That’s just one perspective.

Another way to look at playing a bunch of no-names is getting a deeper look at emerging, legitimate prospects.

One of those names the Bucs are high on, veteran defensive end Lawrence Sidbury, was on the field for 21 defensive snaps Sunday in his Tampa Bay debut.

Sidbury was signed a couple of weeks ago and general manager Jason Licht talked before the game on the Buccaneers Radio Network about how Sidbury had looked so good to the Bucs’ staff in practice, that he regretted not signing the guy sooner.

A fourth-round pick of Atlanta in 2009, Sidbury was a backup there for four seasons; his best campaign was four sacks in 2011. A preseason injury lost his 2013 season with Indianapolis, and Sidbury was cut from the Texans this past August before landing in Tampa.

Sidbury, 28, looked solid Sunday, certainly a better pass rusher than Michael Johnson, and darn good for a guy coming off the street.

Dave Moore, the former Bucs tight end and current radio color man, was impressed.

“Looked like [Sidbury] was doing a nice job of collapsing the [offensive] tackle and getting the edge,” Moore said Monday on WDAE-AM 620. “He was the one that forced [Drew] Brees to step up into Clinton McDonald, who got the sack.”

There’s a lot of pride in the organization for midseason defensive-end pickups T.J. Fatinikun (half sack) and Jacquies Smith (6.5 sacks). And Joe suspects Sidbury will be in the competitive mix when spring practices open.

You can hear all of Moore’s takes below.

14 Responses to “Singing The Sidbury Blues”

  1. biff barker Says:

    This is why Licht should have total control over personnel.

  2. FanOfBucs Says:

    Good pick ups.

    Well done, LICHT.

  3. mac Says:

    Licht helped assemble a very dominant Dline in Arizona… Let’s hope he knows what he is doing… Michael Johnson kind of looks like a bust, however he still got a handful of sacks on a bad ankle…

    I am interested to see if they bring back Buster Bowers…

  4. MadMax Says:

    Man TCU is ripping a new one into Ole Miss. Wouldve much rather seen them or Baylor against Bama than Ohio st.

  5. MadMax Says:


    Leonard Williams will save the day 😉

  6. J Moné Says:

    Tkras such a smooth talker lol I personally love licht and I am not sure how we did the draft last year but if he was behind those choices of Evans.AsJ. Sims Herron like meh I see the potential in all of them. This year with like 8 picks I bet we find at least 3 gems.

  7. DB55 Says:

    Not for nothing but bowers looked great inside.

  8. Patrick in VA Says:

    Licht was on point when he said that he was all about value shopping. I’ll give him a pass on the FA busts that they had this year because you had to fill the holes immediately, which meant over paying but it seems like he’s found some solid contributors that we didn’t have to pay a truckload to for the production they’ve given us. I’d like to see how he does with another off season and a better understanding of what the team needs to round out the picture.

  9. pick6 Says:

    unfortunately having 3 or 4 DEs who are playing well considering they were unemployed opening day is still not the same thing as having 1 DE who legitimately scares opposing offenses.

  10. Patrick in VA Says:

    @pick6 – I would imagine that opposing offenses will be plenty scared when we have a rotation of DEs that can take care of GMC and CMAC blowing up the middle. We may not have a Bruce Smith but if we can disrupt and get distribute the sack numbers around the line then I’ll be plenty happy with that. I don’t need a big name if the unit is producing. I think that’s what we’ll see next year.

  11. port richey george Says:

    Duron Carter visited the bucs during December. he is chris carter the hall of fame players son. he played really well as a wide receiver in the CFL. several teams including the bucs are interested. he can’t be signed until February. if the bucs sign him I think that will be it for VJAX.

  12. Patrick in VA Says:

    @port richey – I’d love to see him come in and compete but I don’t know if him doing well in the CFL means that VJAX needs to put his house on the market.

  13. Brent Says:

    Your not going to find a better reciever than vjax in fa or draft and I think he’s in last year of contract. Bucs have no money issues so the fact he’s a little overpaid doesn’t matter. A 2-14 team dumping good players to save a few dimes they don’t need anyway would be a huge mistake. Most nfl people I’ve heard don’t think fa is a good way to build a team. Just a supplement. You have to get young hungry players thru the draft and waivers who fit your system.

  14. Brent Says:

    Did licht have anything to do with this awful offensive line we had this year? Or was that all Lovie’s fault?