Ira Talks Vita Vea & D-Line Playing Time, Draft “Gut Punch,” The Hargreaves Hammer, Bourbon Street Takeover, Increased Camp Fights, Loads On The Draft & More

May 1st, 2018

Sage Ira fires off deep analysis of the Bucs draft and its ramifications, and there’s plenty more meat on the buffet. Dial up the podcast here and at iTunes, Google Play or Ranked on the Google Play podcast “Top Charts” for SIX consecutive months (all genres nationwide), the Ira Kaufman Podcast keeps you informed and smiling every single Tuesday & Thursday — and there is NO offseason. Click or download above. It’s fun — free and easy, too. Enjoy!

4 Responses to “Ira Talks Vita Vea & D-Line Playing Time, Draft “Gut Punch,” The Hargreaves Hammer, Bourbon Street Takeover, Increased Camp Fights, Loads On The Draft & More”

  1. Pepsi Says:

    the fans agree with Ira

  2. Trench War Says:

    ….and to think all 3 of you endorsed Hargreaves prior to that draft. So, even you cats didn’t get it right. just sayin’ …you just never know, it’s a crapshoot

  3. Jeebs the Honey Bear Says:

    Best podcast around! Love you guys. Ira the Sage!

    Steve, I disagreed with your argument on Monday Morning Joe and you brought it up again here: saying that if Vita had “that much pass rushing skill” he would have been a consensus higher pick.

    I take issue with this for a number of reasons.

    1) DT is not considered a prototypical “pass rush” position, because the position does not net many sacks. But the impact of DT can also be measured by the success around them. If a DT is occupying double teams and collapsing the pocket, DEs and blitzers will reap the benefits in the form of sacks. Also, they help the secondary by pushing guys back into the pocket and making QBs uncomfortable. Vea did not put up big sack numbers, but he sure as hell commanded double and triple teams and collapsed the center of O-lines.

    2) Players are drafted not just based on who they are now, but on who they can be: their ceiling. Licht saw what many others see in Vea, which is a much higher potential with NFL-level coaching. I’m confident Coach Buckner can mold Vea and turn him into a complete 3-down player with more advanced pass-rushing moves. Plus Vea will have one of the best in the world right next to him! So even if right now at this moment, Vea does not have “that much pass rushing skill”, he certainly has the athleticism, dedication, and potential to improve at the next level.

    3) JJ Watt was taken 11th overall. Am I saying Vea is the next JJ Watt? No, obviously not. But if teams knew who JJ Watt would end up being, he would not have gotten past the #1 overall pick. So to say that if Vea had that much pass rushing skill then he would have been drafted higher does not hold water. Watt was a steal at 11, and maybe Vea will end up a steal at 12.

    No one knows what Vea will end up doing in the NFL, only time will tell. But his athleticism and tape speak volumes, and with the right coaching, he certainly has the potential to be a 3-down force to be reckoned with.

    Love you Steve, love you Lee, LOVE LOVE you Ira! <3

  4. Joe Says:

    Thanks for the kind words Jeebs.