January 21st, 2015
Hard to imagine Bucs OT Anthony Collins "falling" because he has just about hit rock bottom already.

Hard to imagine Bucs OT Anthony Collins “falling” because he has just about hit rock bottom.

Joe gets a chuckle out of the mockers who breathlessly claim a player is “rising” or “falling” because of one game or two. NFL general managers do, too.

Players don’t skyrocket or plummet based on one game or even one interview. It is all a piece of a big, big puzzle.

Short of a player punching a coach in an interview or getting busted for selling coke, he won’t be “falling” on draft boards. At least not on the 32 draft boards that count.

And barring the player showing up to a coach’s interview with his big-breasted blonde bikini model (former) girlfriend (coughblakebortlescough), the only thing rising is something that cannot be discussed in polite circles.

Pat Yasinskas has a neat feature on ESPN detailing rising and falling Bucs players. He picks three players rising, and three players falling for the Bucs. The one that jumps out at Joe is a certain offensive tackle who is falling in Yasinskas’ eyes.

Anthony Collins: Perhaps the biggest free-agent bust in the league last year. Collins was signed to be the starting left tackle. The coaches quickly soured on his work ethic and attitude, and Collins was benched for the final three games. He almost certainly will be released as soon as the league year opens in March.

Joe isn’t sure Collins is “falling” because he already hit rock bottom. When you are a healthy scratch the final weeks of the season, you are so bad off the team doesn’t even want you to suit up on Sundays. That’s bad!

Plus, the Bucs didn’t want to get Collins hurt, thus risking having to pay him and blowing any potential trade value, if he has any.

Joe isn’t sure how much lower Collins could get short of being thrown out on the sidewalk in front of One Buc Palace, unemployed, which very likely is a few weeks from happening.

19 Responses to “Falling”

  1. rayjay1122 Says:

    Collins trade value??? LOL. The Bucs are already set at water boy.

  2. Ray Rice Says:

    What a FUKN bum this guy was last season!

  3. DallasBuc Says:

    Another magnificent failure from do-no-wrong Lovie and his lapdog Licht

  4. Robert 9 Says:

    great talent and motivization evaluation by L & L here

  5. MariotaOrWinstonOrWalkdaPlank Says:

    Joe is actually admitting our LT sucks this year?? First time for everything.

  6. simeon 97 Says:



  7. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Looks like the pop up video is back Joe.

  8. ChessMaster Says:

    One bad move nullifies forty good ones. – I.A. Horowitz

  9. Jack Says:

    These guys decide they want to move to a different team and just quit playing! It was king of the NFL, these bums would be banned for life.

  10. DallasBuc Says:

    ChessMaster- 40 good moves?…show me 4?

  11. Brandon Says:

    And Aaron Rodgers likes his balls overinflated. The balls were deflated by about 2 lbs a piece. The balls SHOULD be inflated to 13 psi but apparently most of them were at 11, meaning the balls held 15% less air. Probably a noticeable difference, but definitely not anywhere close to a deciding factor in the Patriots 45-7 dismantling of the Colts.

    As for Brad Johnson, it’s part of the game. That had ZERO factor in the Super Bowl… the Bucs defense outscored the Raiders offense 21-14. Colleges use THEIR own balls for every game, they can just about do anything they want to them.

  12. Buc-O's 82 Says:

    They could always use him in the equipment cleaning section

  13. lion Says:

    Collins has zero, ZERO, trade value Joe. What I think you meant to say was they didn’t want to him to get injured that way they didn’t have to keep him on the roster due to injury. Can’t cut or release an injured player.

  14. Mike10 Says:

    Classic example of talk meaning nothing.
    I was low on a high risk player with so little experience at tackle in Cincy. Then he stepped up and gave that “beast-mode-like” interview after our free agent overload, and I though “ok, maybe he just needed a team to give him the chance”…

    Lets just hope Licht starts to have similar gut feelings moving forward with the guys he ‘gives chances to’

  15. bucs4lyfe Says:

    he is falling because the closer it gets to free agency and the new league year he is getting that much closer to being out on the street until some other sucker comes along and scoops him up for a bargain

  16. ddneast Says:

    Unfortunately, no one can judge how a player is going to react once he gets a big gob of cash in his pocket. See Albert Haynesworth.
    If he gets a job next year, it will no doubt be at league minimum.

  17. Buctebow Says:

    Collins is bad, let’s move on and get a new player.

  18. danati74 Says:

    If he’s not a troubled guy as far as off field issues, we can use him as a baby sitter for the new #5.

  19. Pickgrin Says:

    “Anthony Collins: Perhaps the biggest free-agent bust in the league last year”.

    Sweet – at least we are #1 at something… Oh that’s right – losses too.

    Shouldn’t Michael Johnson be vying for that award? Hey – even better we got 2 of the top 3 biggest free-agent busts in the league last year.

    Anthony – Enjoy your 1 Good contract and that $9M the Bucs forked over for your 1 pitiful year ($6M for last year and $3M for slinking away quietly this year) You certainly aren’t going to make much more than league minimum in the future after what you put on tape this year…