The Countdown: Worst 20 Buccaneers Personnel Moves Of The Past 10 Years – No. 19

July 9th, 2015

ChrisJonesIt’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.

Bruce Allen, Jason Licht and former Bucs rockstar general manager Mark Dominik 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. 19 — Cutting Chris Jones

Patriots defensive tackle Chris Jones sits atop the healthy list of pass rushers and defensive line talent that was fumbled away during the New Schiano Order.

Former rockstar general manager Mark Dominik dropped Jones and Bengals DE Wallace Gilberry in Schiano’s lap, and the head coach didn’t want them. Ironically, Schiano also had no use for current Bucs DE George Johnson, who was dumped by Schiano and the Bucs traded for him this offseason.

Jones was with the Bucs about 10 days after being claimed on waivers as a rookie in 2013. Tampa Bay dumped him in Week 2 and the Patriots pounced. Whaddya know! Jones had six sacks in 11 starts as a rookie, and now he has a Super Bowl ring.

The Bucs, apparently, chose to stick with veteran backup defensive tackles Derek Landri and Gary Gibson in 2013. Both were out of football in 2014.

Personnel guys and head coaches always talk about how pass rush talent is a top priority in the NFL. Greg Schiano and friends sure had a hard time figuring out what players actually had talent.

No. 20 — Failing on Brett Favre trade

21 Responses to “The Countdown: Worst 20 Buccaneers Personnel Moves Of The Past 10 Years – No. 19”

  1. mike Says:

    Great series Joe!

  2. mike Says:

    Selive from USF was cut before any game time and looks decent for the cowboys too. Add Michael Bennett to the crop and would be very deep at DE.

  3. Ray Rice Says:

    No biggie. The YUCS had Te’o Nesheim.

  4. WS99 Says:

    Like I keep saying a good craftsman never blames his tools

    A- Always
    B- be
    C – Coaching
    – glen gary glen ross

  5. Chris Says:

    Chris Jones? How about the time we let young, stud running back THOMAS Jones go? If Chris Jones makes the list, sure hope to see Thomas Jones in the next few weeks.

    That was a huge mistake and even many fans felt that way at the time after he performed in ’03

  6. Joe Says:

    @Chris — This list only goes back 10 years (it’s right in the title), so no Thomas Jones

  7. Señor Mofo Says:

    How about drafting punter Brent Bowden in the sixth round of the 2010 draft when Greg Hardy was still on the board?

  8. SteveK Says:

    How about proclaiming Luke Stocker has a “2nd round grade”, and giving up two fourth round picks, with one of those picks being used to trade for DeMeco Ryans. Last I checked we are still searching for a Mike.

  9. Ray Rice Says:

    Gaines Adams, Sabby for sure, The pride of Appalachian State Dexter Jackson, Byron Leftwich, Chris Sims, Gradkowski, $hit the list can keep going and going.

  10. WS99 Says:

    I never realized Dom only drafted 1 ol during his tenure. That’s pretty short sided.

  11. Tampa Tony Says:

    Absolving the GM from blame…

    Dang he must’ve been a great source to get almost zero blame on this site for his miserable 5 years here as GM.

  12. Buccfan37 Says:

    The Buc player scratch your head mishmash could fill the Encyclopedia of Buc Blunders.

  13. Señor Mofo Says:

    WS99 said:

    I never realized Dom only drafted 1 ol during his tenure. That’s pretty short sided.


    Well, yeah, if one of your sides is shorter than the other. Otherwise, it’s short-sighted.

  14. Stanglassman Says:

    Drafting Clayborn was shortsided.

    Drafting Jameis was shortsighted.

    Drafting Vinny was color-blind sighted. .

  15. R.O. Says:

    Give me a break.. This list goes on and on for every team in the NFL.

  16. Buc1987 Says:

    Joe …Chris wasn’t too far off the mark.

    Some dude mentioned Steve Young the other day…

  17. Buc1987 Says:

    Schiano played a dual role while he was here. Part HC and part talent scout for the Patriots.

  18. Chris Says:

    Joe –

    Woops. I stand corrected!

  19. LargoBuc Says:

    Not singing Barett Rudd and replacing him with Mason Foster…I know, Ruud didnt tackle for a loss or hit hard but really. He was good at coverage, way better than Foster. And his veteran leadership might have been useful during the 2011 collapse.

  20. Pickgrin Says:

    WS99 Says:
    July 9th, 2015 at 1:59 pm
    I never realized Dom only drafted 1 ol during his tenure. That’s pretty short sided.

    Yea – a 5th rounder in his 1st year as GM (’09). Dude didn’t even make the team so it doesn’t count. Dom refused to draft OL for this team and the sh!tshow up front we’ve seen for the last 2 years is the result.

  21. Another J Says:

    Getting rid of Wallace Gilberry was dumb.
    That dude is a beast!