The Countdown: Worst 20 Buccaneers Personnel Moves Of The Past 10 Years — No. 12

July 16th, 2015

sabbyIt’s the countdown feature you’ve all been waiting for. Not really, but on the heels of last year’s award-winning “20 Worst Buccaneers Of The Past 10 years” feature, Joe had to deliver.

A list like this is highly subjective and toxic. Fits of rage were common during production meetings at world headquarters. Scared interns soiled their pants. Full beer bottles were smashed, and a treasured Rachel Watson poster was accidently destroyed. But order was restored.

Current and former general managers and head coaches might not like what’s coming, but it had to be done. This is what happens when your team is 30-70 in its last 100 games.

No. 12 — Sabby The Goat

What great twisted comedy was Sabby The Goat, a Bucs second-round pick in 2007. He was such a terrible safety in coverage that he often didn’t appear on the television screen.

Fans would bitch about cornerbacks getting beaten and then head coach Raheem Morris used to explain that the Bucs actually were playing Cover-2 defense — as in the safety wasn’t in the same zip code, so don’t blame the corners.

Good ol’ Sabby The Goat also took horrible angles to the football most of the time. He’d line a guy up and flat out miss him. Sabby The Goat wasn’t much of a hitter or tackler, either. He was the perfect trifecta of a lousy safety.

NFL teams just can’t fail on second-round picks and be successful. That’s a theme pulsing through this list.

For some reason, the Bucs’ braintrust gifted Sabby The Goat a starting job in 2009. Before that season was finished, Raheem Morris was talking publicly about how he had to “fix and deal with” Sabby in the offseason.

After all that, like the goat he was, Sabby cried that he unfairly lost his starting gig in 2010. And Raheem talked about getting physical with Sabby before he was cut.

The Bucs drafted a guy who was a fraud of a safety. These days, Sabby The Goat continues the art of pretending as a professional wrestler.

And to think legions of Bucs fans actually compared Sabby The Goat to John Lynch.

No. 13 — Free Agent Inactivity After 10-6, 2010 Season

No. 14 — Scaredy Cat Dexter Jackson

No. 15 — Firing Jon Gruden

No. 16 — Choosing — And Drafting For — The Jim Bates Defense

No. 17 — Drafting Cadillac Williams Over DeMarcus Ware

No. 18 — Garrett Gilkey: Virgin Center

No. 19 — Cutting Chris Jones

No. 20 — Failing on Brett Favre trade

14 Responses to “The Countdown: Worst 20 Buccaneers Personnel Moves Of The Past 10 Years — No. 12”

  1. BucTrooper Says:

    Just realized the Bucs drafted TWO fraud safeties in the high rounds. You’d think they would have learned.

  2. tampa2bucsforever Says:

    Good old Sabby Piscitelli. Yes, he turned into a nightmare. It is interesting that in 2009 he actually had a positive overall rating by Pro Football Focus. I remember when he was drafted and the high hopes everyone had for this player. I still think this list sucks because I can think of much worse mistakes by this franchise day after day. When will we see Gabe Carimi? We gave up a 6th round draft pick then cut him the next year. The year we gave up the 6th rounder. I mean whats worse wasting a second round draft pick on Sabby or giving up a 6th rounder for a player who is already cut?

  3. Espo Says:

    Such an amazing physical skill set. Such an empty skull!

  4. Buccfan37 Says:

    Whoever was the brains behind that pick must of had his finger way up his nose picking boogers or damaging brain cells. What is the name Sabby short for? Whoever named him left out the h after the s.

  5. Buc1987 Says:

    The same Sabby the Goat that Joe tried to give away his jersey at the draft party and no one wanted it. lol

    We had a good laugh at the one Joe…

  6. Another J Says:

    An Actual goat would have been a better safety than Sabby was.

  7. WS99 Says:

    So I gather that Sabbys play was pretty Baaaaaad. Lol couldn’t help myself.

  8. Buc1987 Says:

    99…someone had to say it…

  9. Hyjakx Says:

    Those bruce allen drafts were so sad… how in the world did he get another chance to lead.

  10. Mike10 Says:

    He looked like 47, that’s the most they have in common.

    Thanks LVD for ending our streak of 2nd rd bust, and let’s hope we hit on 1 of 2 this year.

  11. Mike10 Says:

    @least* !

  12. Buc-A-New Says:

    I can’t believe that Sabby is ahead of Missing out on Favre and Firing Gruden. Still luv ya tho Joe. I understand all the arguments at JBF during the selection process. Still sux about the Rachel Watson poster tho.

  13. mike Says:

    2 2nd round picks that year and we go sears and sabby. That will get a gm fired (almost as bad as Benn and price). Before the draft we needed a safety and most reports (pewter report) said we would take safety eric weddel. He went higher than expected and we were left with the goat. Too bad we did’nt go weddel with the 1st pick in hopes of sears dropping instead of vice versa.

  14. drdneast Says:

    “Picking boogers.” You sound like a 7 yo Bucfan37.